Mini Lemon Pudding Pies

These little lemon pudding pies on shortbread crusts with vanilla buttercream are dangerously addictive. Sorry about that.

Mini Lemon Pies With Vanilla Buttercream

Shortbread crust:

1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of Earth Balance or other vegan butter
2 tbsp of water (you might need more)
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of flour

Cream the Earth Balance and the sugar with an electric mixer, add the vanilla and the water. Using a large spoon mix in the flour and more water if needed. You don't want it to be crumbly but not too soggy either. Spray a muffin/cupcake pan with non-stick oil and line the bottoms and sides with the shortbread dough. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

While your mini pie crusts cool on a cookie rack prepare the lemon pudding:

2 tbsp of sugar
5 tbsp of white flour
2 cups of soy milk or your favorite milk
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 tsp of vanilla

Mix the sugar and the flour in a microwavable bowl. Gradually add the milk, bit by bit and stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute. If it thickened, then you're done with the microwave, if not microwave on high for another minute. Add the vanilla and the lemon juice and pour the hot pudding into your mini pie crusts. Refrigerate the pies for an hour or until they don't feel warm to the touch.

Vanilla Buttercream

3/4 cup of Earth Balance or other vegan butter
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening (Spectrum brand non-hydrogenated)
1/2 cup of powder sugar
1/4 cup of soy milk or your favorite milk
1 tsp of vanilla

Cream the Earth Balance and shortening with an electric mixer for about one minute. On the lowest setting of your mixer add the powder sugar, mix for another minute, add the milk and vanilla and mix for another minute.

Top the pies with your buttercream and refrigerate for another hour - if you can wait! But really, they are better when they have had enough time to chill.

Wing it: The lemon juice can be replaced with orange juice or lime juice. Or pickle juice. Hmm. Maybe not pickle juice.


  1. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाDecember 2, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Those look splendid :-)

  2. I made this yesterday and everyone loved it in the family. The only thing i didnt get correct was, I couldnt get the shortbread crust to become a cup like. When I line it up on the side it just melts down onto the bottom in the oven. So when its finished i have 2 layers. The crust on the bottom and the lemon pudding on top. How can i get the crust to be on the side so its like a cup? Thank you

    1. Thanks for stopping by to let me know! I wonder if maybe we used different brands of margarine and yours had a higher oil content than mine? It sounds like your dough would benefit from a little more flour to make it more firm and keep it from melting down. That melting-dough problem has happened to me when I use too much margarine. I hope you can make it work! :)

  3. Thanks! These were yum. Too lazy to make vegan cream so substituted with soy vanilla ice cream and a few fresh raspberries on top

    1. I'm so glad you liked them, Sara! Thanks for letting me know! Vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries on top sound way better than just cream :)


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