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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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

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 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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Comments

  1. 1

    Just about the cutest thing EVER! I cant wait to try these… my family will flip!

  2. 3

    Way cute Cheryl! Why do miniature things taste better?

  3. 5

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

  4. 6

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

  5. 8
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

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

  6. 9

    Those are so stinkin’ cute!

  7. 10

    Oh my! These are so freaking cute!!

  8. 11

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

  9. 12

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

  10. 13

    Super cute pies Cheryl! Love them!

  11. 14

    Excellent tips. Great recipe!

  12. 15

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

  13. 16

    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. 17

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

  15. 18

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

  16. 19
    Effie franks says:

    I wish i could pinthanks

  17. 20

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

  18. 21

    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. 22

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

  20. 23

    I must try these! My kids love lemon anything!

  21. 24

    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. 25

    These are too cute! I love mini desserts!

  23. 26

    These are super fun + SUNNY :)

  24. 27

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

  25. 28

    these look amazing! LOVE lemon meringue pie!

    so perfect for a party!

    xo
    kellie

  26. 29

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

  27. 30

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

  28. 31

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

  29. 32

    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. 33

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

  31. 34

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

  32. 35

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

  33. 36

    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. 37

    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. 38

    These are seriously the cutest! Love that first photo!

  36. 39

    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. 40
    Debra Kapellakis says:

    A must make recipe! YEAH!

  38. 41

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

    XO, Aimee

  39. 42

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

  40. 43
    Renee McDonnell says:

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

  41. 44

    These look FABULOUS! Time to pin!

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