Lately I’ve been making mostly mini-sized desserts – like these bite sized Lemon Tassies.
Small desserts are perfect for me, because I am trying to eat better and lose weight, but I can’t give up desserts completely! So small desserts let me have a little bit, but not too much.
Bite sized desserts are also perfect for a party, and are a great way to let guests sample a variety of treats. These tarts have a pastry crust filled with a sweet homemade lemon curd.
The pastry is a rich cream cheese crust, which is baked before filling. I used a mini muffin pan to use as a mold for the tassies. My crust cracked as it baked, but it still tasted good! After the crust was baked and cooled I made a simple lemon curd recipe and filled the cups with the tangy filling.
I love lemon and lime desserts, and these are much easier to make than a full lemon meringue pie. This is the same crust I used to make Pecan Tassies, and it would be easy to make a double batch of dough and then make both Lemon Tassies and Pecan Tassies, for a more mini desserts.
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 c. flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup butter
- slivered almonds
- To make the dough combine the cream cheese, ½ c. butter and flour in a food processor and process until it forms a big clump.
- Roll the dough into 24 1" balls and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 325 F.
- Bake shells for 20 minutes and cool completely.
- Mix all the filling ingredients in a saucepan and cook until thickened.
- Spoon into the baked cookie shells and refrigerate.
- Top with almonds and lemon zest.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 16gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
What is your favorite bite sized dessert?
Cookies Make the Perfect Gift
I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.
Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!
3 thoughts on “Lemon Tassies”
Your Lemon Tassies look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
How do you make the balls into bowls? After your refrigerator the balls for an hour, do you then form into the bowls before baking?
There is a special wooden tool that you can buy for making the cups. I bought mine from Pampered Chef but it should be available elsewhere. You could also try using a round wooden spoon handle that has been dipped in flour, or maybe even a shot glass. Just push it into the center of the dough ball that is in the pan and the dough will push down and then up the sides of the muffin cups. Just be careful not to push through the bottom.