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mini pastry cup topped with toasted meringue

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

These mini Lemon Meringue Tarts have a tart, sweet, creamy lemon filling inside a flaky phyllo pastry cup topped with an incredible coconut sugar meringue. These are SUPER easy to make with a step-by-step tutorial.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 38kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the tart shells in the oven for 3-5 minutes to crisp up the edges.
  • Add the egg whites to a glass bowl and use a mixer to beat until frothy.
  • Add the cream of tartar. Add the sugar a little at a time while constantly beating the egg whites. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Fill the pastry shells to the top edge with the lemon curd.
  • Use a piping bag to top the pastry shells with the meringue.
  • Use a kitchen torch to toast the outside of the meringue. Don't get the kitchen torch too close or the meringue will burn.


  1. If you don't have a kitchen torch, you can toast the meringue under the broiler, just be sure to watch it closely so it doesn't burn.
  2. The recipe can be easily adjusted to make as many tarts as you need.
  3. You can substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar.
  4. You can substitute white vinegar or lemon juice for the cream of tartar to help stabilize the egg whites.

Tips for Making Meringue

  1. Make sure there are no pieces of shell or yolk in your egg whites - this can cause the meringue to not whip up properly;
  2. Separate the whites from the yolks when the eggs are still cold - it is easier this way and they separate cleaner;
  3. Let them whites come to room temperature;
  4. Use cream of tartar (affiliate link);
  5. A clean, dry glass or ceramic bowl will work the best.


Serving: 1tart | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 5g