Irresistible Easy Lemon Tarts with Strawberries, so simple, with a filling of lemon curd, a strawberry, and garnish of fresh mint!

lemon tarts with strawberries and mint

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Lemon desserts rank pretty high on the approved sweets scale, and when they’re topped with fresh berries?? Well, you be the judge, but my family inhaled these tarts, in these little pastry cups.

Easy Lemon Tarts

Friends, over the weekend we were asked to bring a dessert, and I was in a pinch for time. You’ve been there, too?

strawberries in tartlets with lemon

Strawberry Lemon Pastry Cups

So today I’m sharing my best entertaining secret for a quick and easy dessert. The presentation is lovely and simple, too.

In my pantry were these little party cups and a jar of Trader Joe’s lemon curd. Perfect.

So about an hour before the dinner, I put together this quick and easy dessert: Easy Lemon Tarts with Strawberries.

little pastry cups

Ingredients for Easy Lemon Tarts with Strawberries:

  • Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups (1 Pack of 20 Cups) – BUY THEM (affliliate link)
  • Lemon curd (I buy Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Fresh small trawberries
  • Fresh mint

Have you ever kept little pastry cups in the pantry? Use for savory or sweet bites (think tarts and quiche).

You can buy them, HERE >> Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups (1 Pack of 20 cups).

strawberries and lemon tarts

How to make savory bites

Savory fillings use smoked salmon & cream cheese, antipasto or bruschetta, chicken salad. Sprinkle with cheese and bake!

How to make sweet bites

Sweet fillings use lemon curd, chocolate mousse, any canned fruit (cherries, blueberries, etc).

I had a bunch of fresh strawberries to use up, so this was the perfect bite. One serving is 3-4 tartlets.

I love a great dessert that keeps people reaching for more!

Well, of course, I’m a lemon curd fan, too!

white plate of tarts with lemon and strawberries

More Lemon Dessert Recipes You’ll Love:

No Bake Meyer Lemon Strawberry Bars

Pound Cake Lemon Trifle Recipe

Lemon Ricotta Pie with a Ritz Cracker Crust

Lemon Sheet Cake [Tidy Mom]

Sour Cream-Lemon Pie

big mouth bass

LaQuinta, California

I also wanted to share a picture that my son sent to me over the weekend for Mother’s Day! When we were in the desert during the month of March this year, we went fly fishing regularly in the lake behind our vacation house. Here, I caught this big mouth bass (yes, it was catch and release).

big mouth bass fish

And my hubby got one, too!

Getting these pictures was a reminder of the fun that we had together as a family!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!

Easy citrus dessert

You can make your own lemon curd, or simplify by using jarred lemon curd. You can certainly use a variety of berries on top. This Strawberry Lemon Pastry Cups recipe can even be served with just a dollop of whipped cream.

And don’t forget the mint garnish, although fresh thyme would be good, too!

You can make these up 2 hours ahead of time, but anything more, they begin to get soggy.


lemon tarts with strawberries and mint
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Easy Lemon Tarts

You can make these up 2 hours ahead of time, but anything more, they begin to get soggy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups, 1 Pack of 20 Cups
  • ½ jar lemon curd, I buy Trader Joe’s brand
  • 1-2 cups fresh, small strawberries, halved
  • Fresh mint


  • Place the pastry cups on a large plate.
  • Fill each cup with a heaping teaspoon of lemon curd.
  • Add a half strawberry to each cup.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped mint and serve.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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plate of easy lemon tarts