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Lime Curd Puff Pastry Tarts

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These Lime Curd Puff Pastry Cups are packed with flavor and are so easy to create! Any curd can be used to whip these up. Lemon curd, lime curd or any other fruit curd would work well! This quick and easy treat is one you can make ahead of time and enjoy later!


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These lime curd puff pastry cups are super simple to make and SO delicious! Lime curd, lemon curd, and raspberry curd are all household staples for my family, and the greatest thing about them is there are a TON of recipes you can incorporate a tasty homemade fruit or citrus curd into. 

While for this recipe we use a lime curd, any curd can be used to whip up these mouthwatering treats. Whether you have leftover curd from another recipe or want to make a batch especially for this scrumptious lime puff pastry recipe, you will not be disappointed! 

These puff pastry cups are like a mini meringue pie: flavorsome, rich, and oh-so-yummy. Plus, they’re a breeze to put together using store-bought puff pastry. 


puff pastry sheet cut into 9 squares.


What ingredients are in Puff Pastry Cups?

I love me a great recipe with minimal ingredients. And this one totally fits that bill! To make these scrumptious lime curd puff pastry cups you’ll only need 3 ingredients!

  • Puff Pastry – you can buy a box of prepared puff pastry at your local grocery store. A box typically has 2 sheets, and each sheet will make 9 tartlets. 
  • Lime Curd – I love to use leftover lime curd from other recipes to make these puff pastries, but sometimes I’ll whip up a batch just for this recipe! Check out our recipes for homemade Lime Curd, Lemon Curd, and Raspberry Curd so you can make these puff pastries to your taste! 
  • Powdered Sugar – powdered sugar adds a sweet garnish while also providing a beautiful and mouth-watering dusting of sweetness! 


Puff pastry sheets placed into muffin tin holes


If you want to add a meringue topping, I’ve also included that in the recipe below. For it, you’ll need the following ingredients: 

  • Eggs – whites separated and brought to room temperature. 
  • Cream of tartar – cream of tartar helps the eggs form those lovely stiff peaks and hold their shape throughout the baking process. 
  • Sugar – it’s amazing how light and delicious something that is mostly eggs and sugar can taste! 


lime curd placed in puff pastry squares in muffin tin


How to make lime puff pastry:

  • Preheat the oven (I always need this reminder. Few things are worse than finishing prep for a recipe and realizing you never started the oven!)
  • Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 squares.
  • Prepare muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • Line muffin cups with puff pastry squares, one per cup. 
  • Fill puff pastry squares with lime curd.
  • Top with meringue (if you choose to make and use it; you don’t have to!).
  • Bake until golden. 

Didn’t I tell you these were simple to make?! Especially when you have leftover ingredients from other recipes. But even from scratch, this is a crowd pleasing dessert with minimal effort and maximum taste and visual appeal. 

Can I use lemon curd?

You can absolutely use lemon curd for this recipe! I highly recommend our Homemade Lemon Curd recipe. Not into citrus curds? We’ve also got a Homemade Raspberry Curd as well! Customize these puff pastries and make them your own! 


lime curd puff pastry cups baked but still in muffin cups


Can I add a meringue topping?

Yes, you may add a meringue topping; in fact, I included a recipe and instructions for meringue topping below because I also like to add it sometimes. That being said, you don’t HAVE to make a meringue. Simply dusting the baked lime curd puff pastries with powdered sugar adds a lovely finishing touch and sweetness, without the extra effort a meringue requires. Make this recipe your own and do what works best for you! 


meringue topping placed on top of lime curd in muffin tin, not baked


What other fillings can I use?

As I mentioned previously, you can use any curd as a filling for this recipe. Lemon Curd, Lime Curd, or Raspberry Curd are all delicious and I have recipes for each of them that I’m sure you’ll love. 

Other filling ideas are Nutella or any pie filling! Really, these are simple and versatile and they taste as good as they look … and they are DELICIOUS. 


baked meringue cups in muffin tin.


Can I freeze lime puff pastry cups?

You can freeze cooked lime puff pastry cups, but you will probably notice a decline in quality if you choose to do so. Instead, I would recommend freezing the lime curd and puff pastry dough separately until you are ready to bake the two together. Filled puff pastries are best eaten within a day or two of baking and tend to become soggy in the refrigerator. 


baked cups laid out on counter, dusted in powdered sugar.


Can I bake puff pastry ahead of time?

In some recipes, it works to bake the puff pastry ahead of time. For this particular recipe, I don’t recommend precooking your puff pastry. If you bake the cups in advance without the lime curd and fill them later, the lime curd will be drippy. However, if you bake the lime curd at the same time as the puff pastry the curd will firm up and be perfect.  

If you wished to make this lime curd tart recipe the morning of or the day before an event, you certainly could. Don’t sprinkle with powdered sugar though until ready to serve.


baked lime curd meringue cups on counter and ready to be eaten.


What else can I make with lime curd? 

We love citrus curds at our house, and we have a great number of recipes using lime, lemon, or raspberry curd that I’m sure you’ll love as well! Check these out if you’re interested in more recipes that use lime curd: 


Yield: 18 Cups

Lime Curd Puff Pastry Cups

puff pastry cups baked and on a plate. Powdered sugar dusted on top.

These Lime Curd Puff Pastry Cups are packed with flavor and are so easy to create! Any curd can be used to whip these up. Lemon curd, lime curd or any other fruit curd would work well! This quick and easy treat is one you can make ahead of time and enjoy later!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 box puff pastry (2 sheets per box), room or fridge temperature
  • 1 batch Lime Curd
  • Powdered Sugar

How to Make the Meringue Topping

  • 4 large egg whites, separate yolks and whites while cold then let them come to room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425*F
  2. If puff pastry sheets are frozen, allow to thaw so you can unfold the sheets.
  3. Make Lime Curd if you have not done so already.
  4. Once puff pastry sheets are malleable, unfold puff pastry sheets.
  5. Cut each sheet at the crease marks to create 3 long strips per sheet. Then cut three strips across to create 9 squares. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for second sheet of puff pastry.
  6. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  7. Place one square of puff pastry in easy muffin cup. Gently press down to create a cup.
  8. Place a Tablespoon of Lime Curd in the center of each puff pastry cup.
  9. If you DO NOT want the meringue topping, bake for 10 minutes, then skip to step 19.
  10. If you DO want the meringue topping, bake for 8 minutes.
  11. While pastry bites are baking, make meringue.
  12. Pour egg whites in a new VERY CLEAN bowl.
  13. Whip egg whites until big, glossy and smooth.
  14. Add cream of tartar and whip for 30 seconds more.
  15. While whipping, slowly add sugar about a Tablespoon at a time all sugar has been added.
  16. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  17. Scoop whipped Meringue on top of hot lime curd.
  18. Bake for 2 Minutes or until meringue is golden on the peaks.
  19. Remove from oven. Allow to cool then remove from muffin tin.
  20. Sprinkle any cooled cups without meringue with powdered sugar.
  21. Devour! Store extras in an air tight container for up to 4 days.


If you'd like to add a Meringue topping to each cup then follow the above directions until step

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g
Originally Posted: April 30, 2019

Photos & Text Updated: April 7, 2021


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Saturday 23rd of December 2023

I put marshmallows. On top of mine and they melt lovely,


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Great idea Gloria! I'm going to try this!


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Great recipe! I made 9 pastries and on all I used Trader Joe’s lemon curd. Three were simply the lemon curd, 3 had blueberry jam on the lemon curd and 3 had fresh blueberries on the lemon curd. All were dusted with powder sugar. So easy and so delicious!


Thursday 12th of May 2022

Could these be done in mini muffin pan? Thanks


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi Jennie! Yes they can. You'll want to cut the squares smaller to fit the pan and bake slightly less. Enjoy!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

can I use jarred lemon curd?


Sunday 26th of December 2021

Yes you can. However it's no where near as good as homemade. Trust me on that one. :)

Julie B

Thursday 18th of June 2020

We’ve made these several times now. We love them! They are an easy and light go to dessert, perfect for Summer. We absolutely adore the lime curd recipe as well! So far our favorites are lime curd, lemon curd and Nutella. Next I’m going to try cherry, peach and strawberry rhubarb. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! Everyone raves about them!


Wednesday 8th of July 2020

So glad you love these! Have you tried adding meringue to the top for an extra special treat?

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