Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

For a party tiny little bite sized desserts are fun. This is a really simple homemade dessert that can be assembled in no time. The only thing you need to make is the topping and I have included an easy recipe for meringue.

Ingredients for Bite Sized Lemon Meringue Pies For Shells:

  • Refrigerated Pie crust

For Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar

Lemon filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

How to make bite sized pie shells

  1. Unroll refrigerated pie crust and cut circles using a 2? biscuit cutter. Two crusts make about 36 shells — more if you re-roll the scraps.
  2. Place circles of dough into a mini muffin tin. I used a wooden tool to press the dough evenly into the pan.
  3. Prick the bottom of the shell generously with a fork. Bake according to package. Mine baked about 8 minutes until they were nicely golden brown.

Make Lemon filling

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a heavy bottom sauce pan. I shake the water and cornstarch together in a jar first and then add them to the pan to avoid lumps.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Chill or cool before using.
  4. Place filling ( cool!!) in a pastry bag or clip off the end of a lemon filling sleeve and fill each shell. Chocolate filling would also be nice!

Meringue Recipe

  1. Make a meringue to top the little pies.
  2. Beat 3 egg whites, 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp cream of tatar with an electric mixer until stiff glossy peaks are formed. Place meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip.
  3. Squeeze meringue onto each mini pie.
  4. I purchased a hand held micro torch to brown the tops
  5. Lightly brown the tops of each pie and you have a beautiful and delicious dessert! I would think that the meringues could also be browned quickly in the oven on broil.
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