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lemon meringue pie bites on sheet pan
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Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

Lemon meringue pie bites have a crunchy meringue 'nest' filled with lemon curd. The perfect treat for a baby shower or birthday! Gluten-free & just 4 ingredients required!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 45 pie bites
Calories: 52kcal


Meringue Nests

  • 4 egg whites (from large eggs; at room temperature)
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

  • 2 cups of lemon curd (see below for recipe recommendation)


Meringue Nests

  • Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats, set aside.
  • In a clean, dry stand mixer bowl, beat eggs on high until they become frothy and form soft peaks {that slowly sink back into the bowl; takes around one minute}.
  • Add the cream of tartar, then begin adding the sugar by the tablespoon, while continuing to beat on high. Go slowly; this part may take 5-10 minutes of continuous beating/adding sugar. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get all sugar.
  • When mixture has formed stiff peaks {see photo of stand whisk above if you are wondering what a stiff peak looks like}, fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton number 21 tip.
  • Going slowly, pipe a 3-5 cm circle on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Without lifting the tip, do the second and third layers around the outside of the circle, forming a mini nest.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 300°F, then reduce heat to 250°F and bake for 10-20 more, until meringues are hard and *slightly* golden. Turn oven off, open oven door slightly, and allow to cool for one hour in the oven.

Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

  • Spoon lemon curd into the 'nest' and serve immediately.
  • Nests and lemon curd can be stored separately for several days.



If you can't find lemon curd in the grocery store, I recommend Ina's Lemon Curd Recipe
Here are some tips for it:
  • don't freak out when your curd looks...um...curdled. Keep heating/stirring it and it will become smooth
  • Ina recommends to heat the curd over low, but mine never got to 170°F on the low setting; I eventually raised the heat to medium and finally got my curd to temperature/thickened.


Serving: 1pie bite | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 10g