Learn to make homemade mini tarts filled with a lemon flavored cheesecake mixture

Mini Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

Adorable mini tarts filled with a rich lemon-flavored cream cheese mixture in a buttery shortcrust pastry. These semi-homemade lemon cheesecake tarts take only 20 minutes to make. This lemon cream cheese tart recipe takes advantage of ready-to-use tart shells that cut preparation time by half and make entertaining a breeze.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, cream cheese, Lemon, mini tarts, tart
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Servings: 24 Tarts
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov
Cost: $15



  • 180 grams All-purpose flour
  • 113 grams Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 50 grams Sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk large
  • 2 to 4 tbsp Chilled water




  • In a food processor bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar – pulse a few seconds.
  • Add cubed chilled butter – pulse for 30 seconds to a minute until it resembles bread crumb consistency.
  • Add the egg yolk – and pulse some more.
  • Add 2 to 4 tablespoons water until the mixture forms a dough.
  • Transfer to a work surface – bring the dough together to form a disc.
  • Wrap in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  • When chilled, roll small pieces of dough into disc and line each tart shell. Cut off any excess at the edges.
  • Alternatively, you can cut a small disc for the base of the tart and strips for the sides. Cut off any excess.
  • Place the tartlet in the fridge while you preheat the oven.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F.
  • Prick the pastry all over with the tines of a fork or cocktail stick to prevent the dough from puffing.
  • Bake in the preheated oven – the 3-inch mini-tarts take 10 to 12 minutes while the 5-inch mini-tarts take about 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Cool the tarts completely before filling.


  • Whip the cream to soft peaks – set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, lemon curd – combine well making sure there are no lumps (save 1 tbsp lemon curd for garnish).
  • Add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • Lastly, fold in the whipped cream (save a tablespoon of whipped cream for garnish).


  • Transfer cream cheese mixture to a piping bag and pipe into each tart shell.
  • Garnish with a little whipped cream, lemon curd and a slice of lemon.
  • Chill them in the fridge until ready to serve.



Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg