The best lemon tart recipe.

This lemon tart recipe is quick, easy and melt in your mouth delicious. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser, so make this for your next get together or just treat yourself!

lemon tart


When my sweet cravings kick in it’s usually for chocolate, but when it’s not chocolate, it’s lemon! And this lemon tart recipe is sure to satisfy the biggest lemon craving! The balance of tanginess and sweetness are perfectly combined to give your taste buds a heavenly treat.

What is a lemon tart?

A lemon tart is a dessert in a pastry shell filled with lemon filling.


What is a tart?

A tart is an open pastry shell with shallow sides, unlike a pie, which usually has a thick crust and covered with a top.


Can I use lemon juice instead of lemons?

Real lemons are what gives this lemon tart that perfectly pure lemon taste. You could use store bought lemon juice, but I don’t recommend it.

lemons for lemon tart recipe


What pastry is used for a tart?

Most tarts are made with a Pate Sablee crust also known as a shortbread crust. This crust is crisp and more cookie-like, unlike a flaky pie crust. I use my very delicious and easy shortbread crust for this recipe.

For this lemon tart, you need this shortbread crust. This is the best shortbread crust and it is absolutely perfect with the best lemon tart. 


Get the shortbread crust recipe here.

Shortbread crust

Does a lemon tart need to be refrigerated?

If you plan on eating the tart in a couple of days it can be covered and left out, but I prefer to store my in the fridge.  If you like your tart room temperature, just let it sit out on the counter for several minutes before eating.


Why does my lemon tart crack?

Lemon tarts can crack when they lose moisture. This can happen from over baking. Make sure to take your tart from the oven when the center is still slightly jiggly.


How to Make a Lemon Tart

Step 1

After preparing and pre baking the shortbread crust, begin by mixing the eggs and sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

lemon tart recipe

Step 2

Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and bake for 35 minutes or until the lemon filling is set and not runny.

lemon tart recipe

the best lemon tart recipe


And that is it! You will have yourself a truly delicious and simple lemon tart in no time! Let it cool in the fridge if you can wait that long! 

lemon tart



Let me know in the comments if you make this lemon tart recipe and how you like it!

Happy baking!


lemon tart recipe

The Best Lemon Tart Recipe

This lemon tart recipe is quick, easy and melt in your mouth delicious. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser, so make this for your next get together or just treat yourself!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack


  • 1 shortbread crust mentioned above
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the eggs and sugar together with mixer on low until combined.
  • Add the half and half and lemon juice and mix on medium speed until thouroughly combined.
  • Pour the lemon filling into the prepared shortbread crust.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until filling is set.
  • Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate.
  • Sprinkle top of tart with confectioners sugar (optional).
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the best lemon tart recipe

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