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These Mini Lemon Mousse Cups are made with fluffy and airy citrus mousse, shortbread cookies, and fresh raspberries. Light and refreshing, they make the perfect springtime dessert! Enjoy this fun lemon mousse recipe at your next gathering or as a special treat at home!

overhead: lemon mousse cup with fresh raspberries on top

Lemon Mousse

Lemon is just one of those flavors that’s perfect for spring. It’s light, refreshing, sweet, and tangy… it would even be great for summer too. Or fall, or winter, or really any time of the year because lemon is amazing!

Thankfully, these lemon mousse cups aren’t as heavy and rich as some desserts can be. Which is great news, because on a hot summer night, no one wants to feel bloated and weighed down! I hope you enjoy these little lemony clouds in a cup as much as I do!

You’ll create the mousse out of lemon curd, which will speed things up a lot! You can either use store-bought or this top-of-the-line-delicious-beyond-belief Homemade Lemon Curd. 😉 I highly recommend the homemade version because not only does it taste better, but you’ll have leftovers to use on other recipes like Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats or this Blueberry Dutch Baby

For even more fun citrus-centric desserts, don’t miss my Lemon Sweet Rolls, Lemon Lush, and Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake recipes!

Why You’ll Love This Lemon Mousse Recipe

  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Gorgeous presentation
  • Individually sized for easy serving
  • Ready in just 10 minutes!

Key Ingredients to Make Lemon Curd Mousse

You’ll never believe a dessert as delicious as this one can be made with such few simple ingredients, but it’s true!

  • LEMON CURD – Remember, I swear by my homemade version! That said, if you don’t have time to make it from scratch, you can always go for store-bought options.
  • HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM – Another important ingredient to make your homemade lemon mousse!
  • POWDERED SUGAR – Whip the powdered sugar along with the cream and lemon curd and you’ll have the base of your dessert mousse cups before you know it.
  • SHORTBREAD COOKIES – I highly recommend using Walker’s Shortbread Cookies — they’re addicting in the best way possible.
  • RASPBERRIES – Opt to use fresh raspberries as your garnish.

Seriously, that’s all you need for lemon curd mousse!

overhead: lemon mousse recipe in a small glass cup

Instructions to Make Mousse Dessert Cups

Since it only takes a handful of ingredients, these dessert mousse cups are super quick to put together. 

WHIP: In a large bowl, whip your cream with the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.

ADD THE CURD: Gently fold in 2 tables of lemon curd.

ASSEMBLE THE MOUSSE DESSERT CUPS: Spoon half of the mousse into a dessert cup, then top with 1 tablespoon of lemon curd, 1 crumbled shortbread cookie, and fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Lemon Dessert Mousse Cups Serving Suggestions

Whip up this lemon mousse recipe and save it in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the week! It can be made days in advance so you’re ready to pull out a delicious dessert at a moment’s notice. 

I also made this a two-serving lemon curd mousse recipe so you can have one for yourself and one for a friend (if they’re lucky!). 

side view: lemon curd mousse in a glass cup topped with more curd and crumbled shortbread cookies


Do I have to use heavy whipping cream in this lemon mousse recipe?

I swear by heavy whipping cream for its fat content and flavor. That said, you can always replace it with coconut cream instead! In fact, it’s a great option if one or more of your guests are dairy-free.

Can I freeze these mousse dessert cups?

I wouldn’t recommend it. Freezing and then thawing these mousse dessert cups will seriously impact their texture. What’s more, the water content in the lemon mousse in particular can lead to ice crystals which will cause a change in consistency. For best results, enjoy these fresh!

Why is my lemon mousse runny?

To keep the lemon curd mousse from becoming too runny, make sure to whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks before folding in the lemon curd. On the other hand, if your dessert mousse cups become too thick, try adding in a bit more whipped cream or a small amount of milk to get your desired texture. But, be careful not to overmix — it will cause the mousse to go flat!

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Mini Lemon Mousse Cups

Course: Dessert
These Mini Lemon Mousse Cups are made with fluffy and airy lemony mousse, shortbread cookies, and fresh raspberries. Light and refreshing, they make the perfect springtime dessert! Enjoy this fun lemon mousse recipe at your next gathering or as a special treat at home!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Countryside Cravings
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  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd divided
  • 2 shortbread cookies
  • fresh raspberries for topping


  • In a large bowl whip the whipping cream with the powdered sugar just until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in 2 tablespoons lemon curd.
  • Spoon half of the mousse into a dessert cup. Top with 1 tablespoon lemon curd, 1 crumbled shortbread cookie and fresh raspberries. Repeat with remaining mousse.
titled image (and shown): easy lemon mousse dessert cups

9 thoughts on “Mini Lemon Mousse Cups”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh man….I LOVE lemon desserts! I had the biggest craving for them when I was preggo and still do to this day! So I will be adding this dessert to my spring baking list!

    • I keep my cravings after being pregnant too! I love anything lemon these days since it is starting to warm up outside! Thanks Meg!!! 🙂


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