Shortbread Lemon Tart

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


10 servings

Updated: Nov. 20, 2023
For a change from ordinary lemon bars, we added grated orange zest to both the crust and filling to turn the recipe into a lemon tart. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Shortbread Lemon Tart Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • Fresh raspberries, optional


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon juice and orange zest. Whisk in butter until smooth. Set aside.
  3. For crust, pulse first 6 ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a ball. Press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom.
  4. Pour lemon mixture into crust. Bake until center is almost set, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and, if desired, fresh raspberries.

Lemon Tart Tips  

What is the difference between pie crust and tart crust?

A pie crust is flaky and buttery, while a tart crust is crumbly (here’s how to make pie crust that’s perfectly flaky). Tart crusts are also usually more shallow than pie crusts. You could use a store-bought crust for this recipe, but since the homemade crust has almonds and citrus zest you won't get the same flavor.

How do you keep fruit tarts from getting soggy?

To keep your fruit tart from getting soggy, you can do a blind bake, which is when you partially bake the crust before adding the filling. You can also brush the pastry with egg whites before adding the filling.  

Does a lemon tart need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Tarts with egg-based fillings, such as this lemon tart, do need to be kept chilled. If you cover your tart tightly, refrigerating it will also help keep it tasting fresh longer.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 330 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.