Mini Lemon Meringue Pies in 10 minutes!*

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Earlier this week, I ran into target to grab shampoo. That was all I needed and was the only thing I was there for. So of course, an hour later I found myself still in Target wandering around the house and kitchen stuff. I found a tea towel that featured a big beautiful lemon meringue pie in the center with the words lemon written all around.

It was cute, but I didn’t buy it (cause my arms were already filled with crap I didn’t need — I have a Target rule, I can only buy what I can carry…which tends to be a lot). But it got Lemon Meringue Pie stuck in my head. It was sitting there in the back of my mind, whispering sweet nothings to me when I fell asleep at night.

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But I stayed strong! I was NOT going to make a whole lemon meringue pie for me. Sure Jorge’s home, but if it’s not Peanut Butter & Chocolate or a Brownie, he will have a few bites and be done. That means I would eat 97.5% of the pie all by myself. I just couldn’t let that happen.

Then today I had to run in Publix. And right up front they had STACKS of Lemon Meringue Pies on sale. STACKS of them!! I almost ripped open every single pie and took a bite of each one right there in front of the judgmental customer service lady. But you would be proud, I didn’t! Instead I had an idea. Mini Pies. In those Phyllo cups that need no baking! And store bought Lemon Curd! OH YES!

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I bought the 2 ingredients I needed, rushed home and had mini bite size pies in 10 minutes. They are just as delicious as any regular Lemon Meringue Pie…but without all the work. While they are great for when you don’t want a whole pie in the hosue…I think they would also be a great party dessert. Imagine, a dessert par full of mini pies! But the best part? I didn’t feel any guilt when I ate 3 whole pies all to myself. :)


Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Yield: 15 bite size pies

recipe note: you will have a little more meringue than you need, but one egg white just wasn't enough.


  • 1 package Mini Fillo Shells
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought lemon curd
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place mini fillo shells on a baking sheet. Place lemon curd in a ziplock baggie with the tip cut off and pipe into shells. Set aside.

In a small bowl (or stand mixer if you choose), whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Pipe meringue onto the tops of each mini pie (using a piping bag or a ziplock again).

Bake for 5 minutes, or until the tops of the meringue brown. Let cool and then store in the fridge until ready to serve!

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30 Responses to “Mini Lemon Meringue Pies in 10 minutes!”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 23, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    That gooey center. OMG YES!

    And wandering around Target 1 hour later for that just one thing I went in there for…. that never happens to me :)

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    raquel from Florida — January 23, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    wooohooo!!!! Instant gratification! I’ve done a lemon cake thing once with the same lemon curd, meringue and publix-store-bought pound cake OMG! Beautiful pictures Jessica!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 24, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    I love lemon meringue pie and in phyllo cups is genius!!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — January 24, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Super smart way to answer your cravings!

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    Cookbook Queen — January 24, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    This is the BEST idea!! I love lemon meringue pie (it’s my FAVORITE!!!!), but my husband won’t eat it, so I never spend the time to make it…this is the PERFECT solution!!

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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — January 24, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    These look sooo good! I can relate to your Target issues! I cannot ever get out of there for less than 80 bucks, but it is just so much fun in there!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 24, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Love how easy these are! Yum!

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    Joanne — January 24, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I crave anything with lemon curd pretty much constantly so these are like…the perfect solution! LOVE the portion control.

    Don’t even get me started on target. Thank god the only one in NYC is in I go there very sparingly.

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 24, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I adore quick recipes that are just as delightful as they are tasty. Yours hit all three! Love it!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 24, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    These really are just the cutest pies I’ve ever seen.

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    Sues — January 24, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    OK a) I love that you only buy what you can carry in Target. I might go to the gym more to work on my arm strength if I lived by this rule. Also, these are ADORABLE. And look fabulously delicious!

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    Diana @ Sweet y Salado — January 24, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    These are dangerous because I could eat one, two, three, four in row without blinking!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — January 24, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Great easy recipe! I like the only what you can carry rule. Target is my slippery slope, even going there is very dangerous for me. I often leave without the stuff I came for. Damn you Target!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 24, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Love how fun and easy these are!

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    Alycia — January 24, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I do something similar to this, but use premade sugar cookie dough for the crust. I bake it for 10 min. first (it comes out kind of puffy) and then poke it down and add the curd and meringue. They have been my go to dessert for forgotten parties and birthdays.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — January 24, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    These are dangerously easy! Such a yummy little treat! Thanks, Jessica!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — January 24, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    Super cute! I actually have a jar of homemade lemon curd in my fridge, so all I would need is the little tart shells. Uh oh, danger!

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    Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker — January 24, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    These are so incredibly cute! I think they’re perfect for a quick dessert, but also for people who don’t have access to everything they need to make fun things like this. Like, I’m in college and most students don’t have access to full kitchens or “nice” appliances, but that shouldn’t mean they can’t make fun and cute desserts! I try to keep these things in mind when I write blog posts and recipes, and I think these little pies would be super easy for anyone to make!

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    Eileen — January 24, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh man, this is genius! So fast and easy. Just think how perfect these would be for finger food at a big party too. Yay!

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    Annalise — January 24, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    Love everything about this recipe. Genius, Jessica!

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    Stacy — January 25, 2013 @ 2:25 am

    I love this idea because the pie shells and lemon curd (store-bought anyway) can be kept on hand and I always have eggs and sugar in the cupboard. Pinning this for those moments when time is short but something special is needed! Thank you!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — January 25, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    THESE ARE SO CUTE!! OMG I love how quickly they come together. I may even take the time to make some homemade lemon curd when I try these :)

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    Gretchen — February 2, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Made these tonight, and oh my gosh, they are delicious! And so easy, even though I had never made a meringue before. I had a lot of lemon curd leftover, though, which is fine because I just started eating it out of the ziplock bag. :) Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — February 3rd, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

      Glad you liked them! …and I guess I like mine with extra Lemon Curd then haha. :)

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — February 6, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    These look so good. I love how cute and mini they are! Smaller desserts are just…better. Yum!

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    valerie baines — July 14, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Had some filo pastry in freezer so made my own shells.They turned out great,then followed your recipe it was so easy. The only problem was once I had one I wanted another & another & another. Thank you Jessica :-)

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    Kat — July 12, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    Could these be made the day before? How long do they last?

    • Jessica replied: — July 18th, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

      These are best made the same day you want to serve them. The pastry is very thin and can easily become soggy. Thankfully they are super easy and only take minutes to put together!

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