Mini Lemon Meringue Pies


Mini Lemon Pies

This is such a great time of year to be in the kitchen baking and cooking with ingredients that are bright and fresh! Nothing beats a lemon dessert in the summer time – make it a mini version and it’s even better!

Tiny desserts are always great party food, so I made Mini Lemon Meringue Pies a few weeks ago for Memorial Day! They would be perfect for a picnic, BBQ or pool party this summer. They are a super simple homemade dessert that can be assembled in no time.

Making the perfect meringue can be a little tricky, but not difficult, as long as you follow a few tips:

1. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved in the meringue.  Test to make sure sugar is dissolved by feeling meringue between your fingers before you stop whipping.  If you can get and use super fine (caster sugar) even better.
2. Be careful not to over bake or under bake the meringue.  Egg whites will tighten and squeeze out moisture if they are baked too long.
3. Make sure the meringue is spread all the way over the edge of the pie so that it forms a tight seal.
4. Allow the pie to cool gradually after baking by leaving the pie to cool in the oven with the door open.

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Lemon Meringue Pies

*cute orange polk-a-dot cups from Sweet Baking Supply

Grab your apron, here’s the recipe!

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9 mini pies

Serving Size: 1 pie

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

This simple, fun, mini lemon meringue pie recipe from scratch tastes fresh is perfect for summer picnics, parties and BBQs


  • 5-6 ounces shortbread cookies (I used one package of Walkers Shortbread Fingers, finely crushed
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers, or baking cups
  3. Divide shortbread crumbs into 9 cupcake papers. Use the bottom of a glass to press crumbs firmly into muffin well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until well combined then spoon on top of shortbread crusts.
  5. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat several minutes until sugar is completely dissolved.
  6. Spoon meringue over lemon filling, be sure to go past the edges of your pies.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the meringue is golden.
  8. Turn oven off, and leave pies to cool inside oven, with door open.
  9. Serve pies when completely cool - or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


I prefer these pies cold, so they are perfect to make up to a day ahead of time!


 More Lemon Recipes you may enjoy:

Lemon Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Burst Cookies

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Recipe Roundup

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite lemon recipes!!

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44 Responses to “Mini Lemon Meringue Pies”

  1. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:23 am (#)

    Way cute Cheryl! Why do miniature things taste better?

    • TidyMom replied on June 11th, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I know right?! Thanks Sommer!

  2. Carolyn posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am (#)

    Those are so adorable. I am glad picnic season is here!!!

  3. Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am (#)

    Love the polka dot cups! I totally agree with Sommer– miniature does taste better! (And better for my waistline haha!)

    • TidyMom replied on June 11th, 2012 at 11:36 am

      exactly!!! portion control is ALWAYS a big help! lol

  4. TidyMom posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:35 am (#)

    Thanks Amanda!

  5. Jennifer | Mother Thyme posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:49 am (#)

    These are so cute! Lemon desserts are my favorite! So festive for a summer picnic.

  6. Alexis posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:49 am (#)

    Those are so stinkin’ cute!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am (#)

    Oh my! These are so freaking cute!!

  8. Stephanie posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am (#)

    Really cute and colorful! I’m sure they taste delicious as well!

  9. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:52 am (#)

    SO cute! Now, if only I could eat just ONE:)

  10. Maria posted on June 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm (#)

    Super cute pies Cheryl! Love them!

  11. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on June 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#)

    Excellent tips. Great recipe!

  12. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#)

    Cute in the worst way! Well- the BEST way!! :)

  13. ter@waaoms posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm (#)

    yum, I love lemon meringue pie! I wonder how well these will freeze?? (well, that is, if I didn’t gulp them all down in one sitting) Pinning. :)

  14. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Adorably cute! And my absolute favorite pie so that’s a fun bonus too!

  15. Renee posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm (#)

    These are adorable! And that’s a great way to do some portion control 😉

  16. Effie franks posted on June 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#)

    I wish i could pinthanks

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on June 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm (#)

    Light and lemony is always nice when it’s hot outside, these are super cute!

  18. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on June 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm (#)

    Oh gosh, these are beautiful! I’ve never made lemon meringue (never had it either) but have been totally craving it. Must make these!

  19. Melissa posted on June 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm (#)

    This are so cute, cute, cute and they look so yummy!

  20. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on June 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm (#)

    I must try these! My kids love lemon anything!

  21. Paula posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm (#)

    Love lemon meringue pie and love mini desserts. When I opened this post in my reader I immediately said *Oh My God how cute are these!* Perfect little dessert Cheryl.

  22. Allyson posted on June 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm (#)

    These are too cute! I love mini desserts!

  23. marla posted on June 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm (#)

    These are super fun + SUNNY :)

  24. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm (#)

    Love the presentation of the grid format above! And these little meringue’s are super adorable.

  25. nest of posies posted on June 12, 2012 at 7:23 am (#)

    these look amazing! LOVE lemon meringue pie!

    so perfect for a party!


  26. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace posted on June 12, 2012 at 9:23 am (#)

    I agree, lemon desserts are perfect for summer! These treats are so fun! Thanks, Cheryl.

  27. teresa posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:07 am (#)

    What an adorable idea to bake in the little cups!
    Those are the cutest cups ever!
    I too LOVE cold desserts!
    Adorable Cheryl!

  28. HeatherChristo posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:27 am (#)

    I love lemon meringue Cheryl! These are completely adorable and I imagine perfect for portion control (which I have quite a problem with!)

  29. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on June 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Adorable little pies! My girls have made me promise that we’ll make lemon meringue pie over the summer. They would love this mini version!

  30. Kristen posted on June 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm (#)

    These look so good and tasty! Love the mini version.

  31. bridget {bake at 350} posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am (#)

    These are so, so cute, Cheryl! And I feel like lemon desserts don’t have as many calories. 😉

  32. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on June 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#)

    If only I could just pop these little beauties right into my mouth!

  33. aida mollenkamp posted on June 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm (#)

    How cute are these? And I love anything that’s small when it comes to sweets — much more manageable for me since I don’t have a big sweet tooth.

  34. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm (#)

    These look divine! I was just telling my mom yesterday that I need to make some lemon meringue pie because it was always my favorite as a kid. I think I might have to make your version. :)

  35. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on June 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm (#)

    These are seriously the cutest! Love that first photo!

  36. Designed by Dawn Nicole posted on June 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#)

    These are so cute (and look divine!). I got a bunch of those little cups you made them in from a Pick Your Plum grab box a few weeks ago…they may just have to be used for this recipe! 😉

  37. Debra Kapellakis posted on June 16, 2012 at 11:09 am (#)

    A must make recipe! YEAH!

  38. Aimee - ItsOverflowing posted on June 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm (#)

    SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you’ll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

  39. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on June 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#)

    These little pies are soo cute! And I love all things lemon meringue so count me in for a dozen or two.

  40. Renee McDonnell posted on June 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm (#)

    By any chance do you have the nutritional information on the recipe?

  41. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on July 8, 2012 at 10:02 am (#)

    These look FABULOUS! Time to pin!


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