Key Lime Tartlets

June 19, 2012 by Ali

This weekend I had — not one — but two good friends turn 30!!!

Actually, it will be my turn next May. (Which I am strangely really excited about!)

But for my friend Christy’s 30th, which coincided with my monthly rockin’ book club, the birthday girl requested some sort of key lime pie dessert to celebrate. I was going to go with a traditional pie, but after passing by one of my favorite ingredients at the store (these adorable mini phyllo cups), thought it would be fun to try “bite-sized”.

And sure enough, these were SO delicious! Seriously. I’m pretty sure I may have accidentally eaten a handful when garnishing them. :) There was something about the smooth, citrusy custard paired with the flaky, crispy shells that just seemed like the perfect combination. And thankfully, it looks like the birthday girl and friends thought so too, as they totally dug in at our book club bday celebration.

So for those of you who love key lime pie, or those who love a quick 20-minute dessert, you really, really, really should try these.


Key Lime Tartlets

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30-45 Tartlets


  • 2-3 packages frozen mini phyllo tarts
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus zest from two limes
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 8-10 key limes, sliced into thin coins for garnish


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks until blended. Add in sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, sugar, and lime zest. Whisk together until smooth and blended.

Spoon batter into mini tarts so that they are nearly overflowing. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until custard has set. Remove and let cool to room temperature. Then top with whipped cream and key lime coins.

Ali’s Tip:

This recipe makes a lot of custard! Feel free to use 2 packages of phyllo tarts and then use the leftover custard to make a small batch of plain custard or an extra medium-sized tart. Or use 3 packages, and make even more little tartlets!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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46 thoughts on “Key Lime Tartlets

  1. These were so light and yummy! I made them for a girls night dinner this summer. They did take a little longer to “set” which to me means they were semi-firm to the touch. I’d say they took about 18 minutes. I didn’t account for how long it would take to cool so I stuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to cool down. Everyone loved them! They’re a perfect size to have one, or four!

    - Megan

  2. i love this idea my daughter does not want a traditional wedding cake.
    These key lime Tartlets could be the trick. Thanks for the idea

    - chris

  3. Oh my, these look like lovely, tastey treats. I am hoping to make them soon… refreshing for summertime :)

    - JudyC.

  4. This looks wonderful and must try for me! Love keylime! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    - Cindy

  5. My friend and I made these tarts just a few days ago – but the store was out of the mini phyllo-dough tart shells, so we used small tart pie shells. The amount of custard we had was enough for 8 of those small tart shells. We just had to cook them a bit longer to set, but other than that, they were PERFECT. Great recipe. I love citrus recipes that are still tart, and these were perfect. So perfect that I’m making more tonight. (Using small tart pie shells again because… oh my god, so many minis would be insane! hehe)

    - Kendall

  6. Has anyone tried to make these a day in advance? Can’t wait to try them but would love to make them the night before

    - April

  7. Can you pre-make these fillo tartlets a day ahead?

    - cindy

  8. Hi there! I just wanted to stop over and let you know that I’ve shared this post in a Lemon and Lime Summer Dinner Party inspiration / idea board on my blog
    I hope you can check it out and enjoy the event! <3 The Sparkle Queen

    - The Sparkle Queen

  9. I made these for a teacher’s luncheon, and I made them that morning. They were a hit! I kept a few at home for later and the tart shells did get a little soft. I kept the remaining in the fridge over night, and they did get softer that I would want to serve them. They were still delicious but a little on the soggy side! Hope this helps those asking about making them in advance! I will definitely make them again, just serve them soon after!

    - Paula

  10. Can these be made ahead and frozen? I have a family thing in a few weeks and it’s about 4 hours away. I have a few other things I need to make and would love to make these a few night ahead and then thaw them the day of the event and add whipped cream and line garnish.

    - Kimberly

  11. These tartlets looks extremely adorable1!!

    - Zoe

  12. Hi Ali, any thoughts on whether or not these can be made a night in advance? I see that the question has been asked, but I’m not finding an answer. Thanks!

    - Debbie

  13. I’m wondering about the soggy tarts too… can they be made ahead of time, refrigerated and still stay crispy? thanks. Lyndie

    - lyndie

  14. these sound amazing!!! do the tarts need to be eaten right away as the package suggest to EAT IMMEDIATELY, or can it be made the day before? i don’t want to serve soggy tarts…thanks ;)

    - sonia

    • Did you end up making these in advance? I’m hosting a baby shower tomorrow and I was hoping to make them tonight. Were they soggy?

      - Lynn

  15. i LOVE key lime pie! i can’t wait to try these!!

    - Carrie - Carrie's Creations

  16. Love these…so cute!!!!! I could eat ten of them!

    - JulieD

  17. Oh my gosh! So cute — there’s just something so fascinating about little foods! I just tossed a package of those phyllo cups that had gotten lost in my freezer some (very long) time ago. I’m not even sure I had a plan for them when I brought them home. Now I need to go get some again, but I have a plan this time!

    - gailllc

  18. these are the CUTEST bite-sized treats! And even though they are portion-controlled…I so would not be able to stop at just one.

    - Joanne

  19. Could these be any cuter?! I bet they delish!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  20. These look so delicious. Going to have to try them soon.

    - sandi

  21. I was also excited to turn 30. Life just keeps getting better so why not be excited to see what else it has in store!

    I’ve been thinking about making some yummy little bite sized dessert and you’ve just given me the perfect inspiration. Thank you!

    - Kristen @ The Endless Meal

  22. Hi Ali,

    Happy b-day to your friends and to you next week:) I wish I had a birthday coming up so I can celebrate with these. I’m not going to wait until next year, have to try these very soon. Beautiful photos and recipe.

    - Nancy/SpicieFoodie

  23. I always admire cute little finger bites and these looks fancy pretty :) Your friend is lucky to have you.

    - kankana

  24. Key lime is one of my absolute favorite summer desserts. And I love mini food. This is right up my alley!

    - Jen @ Savory Simple

  25. Mmmmmm…I’m trying this with lemon juice instead. I shouldn’t have to change the amounts of anything should I? I’ve never been a huge fan of lime.

    - Susan

  26. these are just so darling!! i love it, this is such a great party treat :)

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  27. Oh my goodness, soooo cute!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  28. You make the cutest things ever! And I just love how beautifully you garnished these!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  29. Wow, Ali! These little tarts are crazy cute and your friends are so lucky to have such a talented baker for a friend! These would be great for my neighborhood happy hours. Thanks for sharing. :)

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  30. i downed three of these at bookclub. so perfectly lime.
    i confess when i saw your instagram earlier in the day
    i was hoping they were coming to bookclub. :) lucky us!

    - bet

  31. I love this recipe and presentation!

    - Candy

  32. These are adorable. Phyllo dough is brilliant. I am salivating at this filling too!

    - Cassie

  33. So cute and yummy – I totally adore these! :)

    - sara

  34. Cute! These are perfect for bringing to a party!

    - Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

  35. These are so adorable, I love that they use phyllo dough so that they’re a bit lighter and I bet that crispness works so well with the filling.

    - Kathryn

  36. These are so cute! Just apent time in Florida so Key Lime is on my brain!!

    - Cathy @ Noble Pig

  37. I love love these. Would have never thought to use phyllo dough.

    - shelly (cookies and cups)