Treat yourself to these yummy Mini Cherry Tarts ... a simple recipe straight from my mother's cookbook!
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Do you have any recipes that bring you straight back to childhood?
These Mini Cherry Tarts are one of those recipes for me. My mom was a wonderful cook, and she made these easy cherry tarts all the time. And as my sister reminisced recently, our little family of four could eat a pan in one night!
It had been years since I'd had a bite of these Mini Cherry Tarts, so I was excited when my sister sent me the recipe. The tarts tasted exactly how I remembered, and I knew that I had to share the recipe with you!
Apart from their fantastic taste, the best thing about these Mini Cherry Tarts is how simple they are to make. Don't let the petite size of these easy cherry tarts fool you, but the recipe is really simple.
These tasty treats are basically mini cherry pies in muffin tins, but better! I love a good pie crust, so I think what makes this recipe unique is the easy cream cheese crust. You only need three ingredients to make it, and it's so delicious!
And since this easy cherry tart recipe uses pie filling, it comes together fast! Less time cooking and more time eating is always a winner in my book!
* This recipe is also available as Web Story 👉 "Cherry Tarts". *
How to Make Mini Cherry Tarts
Like I mentioned, these easy cherry tarts were one of my mom's (and our whole family's) favorite recipes. I know she loved these treats because of how fast and delicious they are, and I know you're going to love this recipe, too!
You really only need four simple ingredients to make these cherry tarts with cream cheese crust ... pretty awesome, right? You'll start by combining cream cheese, butter, and flour to make that delicious crust.
I like to use unsalted butter in my cooking, so I added a generous pinch of salt, too. If you use salted butter, you can skip the salt.
Once the crust ingredients are combined, you'll separate the dough into 12 equal pieces, then press it into a muffin tin. The dough is fairly rich, so if you use a nonstick muffin pan, you can probably skip the nonstick spray, but I added some just in case.
After the dough is pressed into the muffin tins, it's simply a matter of adding the cherry pie filling to the crust. Look for a high quality filling without a lot of crazy ingredients.
You could definitely experiment with different flavors of pie filling, too. My mom always used cherry, but I think I'll try blueberry filling next time.
These mini cherry pies only take about 12 to 15 minutes to cook in a hot oven ... almost instant gratification. If you can resist, let them cool a bit before you dig in!
These yummy cherry tarts are great on their own, but they're even better topped with a generous serving of whipped cream. Then, just try to stop at one!
Mini Cherry Tarts
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup flour
- pinch salt
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 (20-oz) can cherry pie filling
- whipped cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Mix together butter, cream cheese, flour, and salt until it comes together in a ball.
- Divide dough in half. Then, divide each half into half again. You should have 4 pieces of dough. Divide each of these pieces into thirds so you have 12 pieces of dough.
- Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray, then place a dough ball in each muffin tin.
- Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of each muffin tin.
- Divide cherry pie filling evenly between crusts.
- Bake tarts for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
- Let tarts cool, then served topped with whipped cream. Enjoy!
Don't these Mini Cherry Tarts look tasty?
I know you're going to love them just as much as my family does!
Are you looking for a delicious summer dinner idea?
Everything was so delicious together, and I know I'll be enjoying this meal again soon!
What is your favorite family recipes?