Mini Lemon Curd + Cream Cheese Tarts

Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts with Cookie Crust, Berries and Edible Flowers | © #tarts #recipes #desserts #spring #fruit #edibleflowers

Luscious and lemony, these mini tarts are a sweet treat for teatime, a ladies’ lunch or shower (when life returns to normal again :) or ‘just because’.

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Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts with Cookie Crust, Berries and Edible Flowers | © #tarts #recipes #desserts #spring #fruit #edibleflowers

The filling is a favorite combination of lemon curd and cream cheese. .  . a ‘go-to’ filling for Berry {Quick & Easy} Layered Cake, Star-Spangled Slab Pie, any kind of trifle or dessert crepes.

Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts with Cookie Crust, Berries and Edible Flowers | © #tarts #recipes #desserts #spring #fruit #edibleflowers

I made these tarts ‘mini’, because who doesn’t like their own mini dessert?! You can easily adapt this recipe using a larger size tart pan if you prefer. I used my 4.75-inch Wilton tart and quiche pans, (link at bottom of post) which came in a set of 6, also used to serve up Mini Tomato Tarts.

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The cookie crust comes together quickly using sandwich cookies and melted butter. I used Lemon Oreos which are available for a limited time. Golden Oreos would work equally well if you can’t find the lemon flavor or use your favorite graham cracker pie crust recipe if you prefer.

Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts with Cookie Crust Ingredients | © #tarts #recipes #desserts

Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts

Makes (6) 4.75″ Mini Tarts

(You may have additional filling and crust ingredients left over)


8 oz. cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchâtel)

1 (10.5 oz.) jar lemon curd, or make your own microwave lemon curd

 1 package Golden or Lemon Oreos, about 30 (or similar sandwich cookies, cream-filled centers included)

1 /2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

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To Make Cookie Crust:

Add Oreos (including the cream filling) to bowl of a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. Pour in melted butter and pulse, mixing until well combined. Press mixture (about a heaping 1/3 cup) onto the bottom and up the sides of tart pans. Tip: Use the sides and bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass to help press crumbs evenly into sides and bottom of tart pans.

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I used my silicone baking mat to bake the tarts on and prevent the slick tart pan bottoms from sliding around on the baking sheet. Silicone baking mats are nonstick, eliminating the need cooking spray or parchment paper and are dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean.

Bake tart shells at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until edges begin to turn light brown. Transfer tart pans to wire rack and allow crust to cool completely before adding filling.

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To Make Filling:

Beat softened cream cheese and lemon curd with electric mixer until smooth. Store in sealed container in refrigerator until ready to use.

Mini Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Tarts with Cookie Crust Ingredients | © #tarts #recipes #desserts

When ready to serve, remove shells from tart pans and add your filling to the cooled crusts.

Garnish and serve tarts with assorted berries, adding whipped cream, mint leaves and /or edible flowers if desired. . . violas, pansies, nasturtiums, etc. As always, make sure edible flowers have not been sprayed or treated with chemicals.

Notes: Add cut strawberries right before serving to prevent berries from weeping onto the surface of your filling.

Lemon Oreos are not very lemony, so if you can’t find them, use Golden Oreos or cookie of your choice, or graham cracker crust.

Adjust the ratio of cream cheese to lemon curd to your taste, whether you want it more cream-cheesy or more lemony.


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To Make Ahead:

Lemon curd and cream cheese mixture may be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated  and stored in a sealed container until ready to assemble tarts.

Bake crusts, cool and store tart shells covered in refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance.

Add filling to crust and store in refrigerator covered up to 4 hours in advance, adding berries / edible flowers right before serving.

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  20 comments for “Mini Lemon Curd + Cream Cheese Tarts

  1. franki parde
    May 20, 2020 at 8:10 am

    This IS perfect for weekend ahead!! ALL my favorites & ALL on hand!! I may do a melted chocolate “swirly” across the top…I may eat ALL of them…franki

  2. Jane
    May 20, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Great summer dessert!
    Will be serving this at my girlfriend’s luncheon.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Wednesday 😊

  3. May 20, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Oh Mary, these luscious lemon tarts look too pretty to eat, but I’d still eat one!!! Thank you for the easy recipe for us to try, which will be perfect for summer.

    • Clara
      May 20, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Mary, These are so pretty and sound mighty tasty. You make the most beautiful desserts and provide wonderful instructions for us to follow. Thank you! Clara♥️

  4. Rita C.
    May 20, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Oh, Mary! These really look good, and I have all the [make-do] ingredients. Kroger sells a lemon sandwich cookie (Crumbdillyicious) similar to the Oreo brand that is so tasty, and cheap! You get about 50 cookies for $1.49! I think I need to make these, but I lack the tart pans….maybe a pie?

  5. Cyndi Raines
    May 20, 2020 at 10:43 am

    YUM and YUM, I love me some lemon! Oh, these look delish, especially with the pretty garnish! I could eat one, or three right now, lol. Saving for sure. Don’t have the little tarlets pan, but I do have the large one that I have made your chocolate strawberry desert in. I could make one big one right? Do you think I would have to double the recipe to fill it? May have to purchase the little guys, ha. 😋

  6. Cyndi Raines
    May 20, 2020 at 10:49 am

    P.s. Mary, I like your new layout with pictures on either side of the actual post, (even more awesomeness to look at 🤗 ) but I noticed my reply doesn’t show up right away, so forgive me if it comes twice. 😔

    • May 20, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Cyndi! Yes you could make in the larger tart pan if you don’t have the minis. You’ll probably have plenty of filling for an 11″ pan, try it and see before you double the recipe. I had some filling leftover from my 6 mini tarts. ♥

    • May 20, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Hi Cyndi, My new layout is courtesy of some technical issues I’ve having, glad you like it. Your comment goes into a moderation folder for me to approve first lately some reason. :)

  7. Cyndi Raines
    May 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Will do! Thanks Mary! ♥️

  8. May 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Oh I wish I had one now, they sound like heaven and soooo pretty!!

  9. May 20, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Mary, these look so delicious and make a beautiful presentation. I love lemon curd, and usually make my own. A perfect summertime dessert!

  10. Pat
    May 20, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Mary, these look so refreshing and of course the pansies tug at my heart. Where is the best place to obtain edible flowers? Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Thyme? And are they in the produce section then? I can’t wait to make these; I already have the lemon curd. Thank you.

  11. May 20, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    These are beautiful! Thank you!

  12. Darlene
    May 21, 2020 at 3:14 am

    So Pretty!
    Love everything lemon, gotta try these.

  13. Ellen
    May 21, 2020 at 8:29 am

    YMMY!! Love anything 🍋 LEMON!!

  14. May 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    So fresh and pretty, a popping spring fling! Having troubles getting your blog to load lately, wonder if new format is involved, for a while there was no place to comment too. just in case I will tell you how all is gorgeous all your posts are day in and day out 😊

    • May 22, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Thank you! Yes I had some technical difficulties Wednesday and Thursday. Fixed now though. :)

  15. May 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    i have bookmarked this post…this will be a hit with the hubby (and me too) as we love anything lemon and the fruit is a bonus…I will now have to stock up on the lemon Oreos!!!

  16. Virginia
    May 26, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I saved this post to my Pinterest Sweets Board. I have make your lemon curd recipe in several desserts and always received rave reviews. I am sure this one will certainly do the same. Thanks for the amazon link for the tart pans, I’m going to order them right away.

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