Coconut Lime Chess Tartlets Recipe

Coconut Lime Chess Tartlets

Tart lime, sweet coconut, and rich curd are all nestled in tender crust. These tartlets are an instant summer classic.
Course:  Dessert
Prep Time:  30 minutes
Cook Time:  22 minutes
Total Time:  52 minutes
Servings:  48


For the crust:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • zest of one lime


For the crust:

  1. Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Reduce mixer speed and add flour mixture slowly, stopping to scrape sides at least once. Mix until just combined.
  3. Shape dough into 48 balls (about one tablespoon of dough in size).
  4. Place dough balls in a glass 9 x 13 baking pan or on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour (or use baking spray) 48 mini muffin cups.
  2. Place a ball of dough into each cup. Using your thumb and index finger line the cup with dough, creating a shell, by pressing dough into the bottom and along the sides of each cup.
  3. Sprinkle a bit of coconut in the bottom of each cup.
  4. In a large bowl (preferably with a pour spout) whisk together butter, sugar, eggs, lime juice, and lime zest.
  5. Fill each cup with mixture.
  6. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until filling is set.
  7. Cool tartlets in the pans on cooling racks for 10 minutes.
  8. Gently remove tartlets from their cups and allow to cool completely on racks. You might need to run a small knife around the edge of each muffin cup.

Recipe Notes

Notes These could be made as plain lime chess tartlets by simply omitting coconut. This recipe was adapted from Bake or Break.