Homemade Lemon Tarts Recipe 

 Originally Written: August 17, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on August 17, 2010 by Hanna Trafford

These tarts are not difficult to make, turn out delicately thin,  and will become a hit when you serve them to your family or friends. You can also dress them up by topping them with fresh fruits. My favorites are fresh raspberries, but it really is a matter of taste – they are delicious by themselves and keep well in your refrigerator.


  • 1/3 cup of salt free margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Lemon Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of salt-free margarine or butter
  • Fresh fruits for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease 24 muffin cups
  3. Using a wooden spoon, beat margarine or butter with the sugar until fluffy
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla
  5. Stir in flour, cornstarch and salt until mixture forms a soft, crumbly dough
  6. Divide dough evenly among the 24 muffin cups and drop evenly into the bottom of each cup
  7. Press dough pieces into the bottom and partly sides of each cup

Directions for Lemon Filling:

  1. Whisk the sugar with cornstarch and whisk in lemon juice, eggs and margarine or butter.
  2. Spoon mixture into tart shells
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and set
  4. Cool for at least 5 minutes in the pan
  5. Use thin knife to lift the tarts out from the pan and cool completely on a rack
  6. Sprinkle with icing sugar and top with fruit if desired

Hope you will enjoy these delicious tarts – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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