Mini Tarts 4 Ways

Over a year ago I was on our local talk show Good Things Utah sharing my original fruit tart.  You can see my GTU segment here. These mini tarts I shared are always a hit at baby showers, birthdays, family gatherings, etc.  Basically any place where there are people these tarts are a win! Well, back when I was on GTU I promised to blog another one of my favorite tart recipes.  Fast forward a year and I have a 5 month old baby and no new tart recipe. Let’s just say I have been busy… but no worries because I got your back. Since you waited so long I give you 4 of my favorite mini tart recipes instead of just 1.

My mini tarts 4 ways all start with the same pillsbury sugar cookie base.  This cookie dough creates the perfect little cookie cups when baked in a mini muffin tin.  Each filling starts with the same base cream cheese and cool whip.  This is a great base because it is fluffy yet stable so that it will hold garnishes without getting all melty.  The real magic happens when you add the ingredients to create each tart.  My Key Lime Tart uses fresh squeezed lime juice and zest to get its tart flavor.  This one is my husband’s favorite.  He loves the punch you get with the filling.  It complements the sweet cookie base quite nicely.  My Strawberry Chocolate Tart uses fresh pureed strawberries and melted chocolate chips to give you a decadent flavor.  My Orange Cream Tart is filled with fresh squeezed OJ and orange zest.  This one is very subtle.  It reminds me of sitting outside under a shade tree with a nice subtle breeze passing over you.  It’s very pleasing.  My last mini tart is my S’more Tart.  Perfect for summer (or winter when you want to be reminded of the joys of summer). This tart is layered with marshmallow creme, chocolate cream, marshmallows, graham crackers, and mini chocolate chips.  I could eat 20 of these!  When I take these mini tarts 4 ways to a party everyone has a different favorite.  That tells you how wonderful each one is!  What flavor is your favorite?

Update:  I shared my smores flavored tart recipe on our local talk show Good Things Utah.  Everyone loved the ooey gooey marshmallow chocolate combo!  Check it out here.

Mini Tarts 4 Ways

Each flavor makes ~30 bite sized tarts

Cookie Base

16.5 oz package Pillsbury Cookie Dough

Roll dough into tbsp sized balls.  Place in mini muffin tin.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until center of dough has fallen. Let cookie cups cool.

Key Lime 

8 oz Cool Whip

8 oz Cream Cheese

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup lime zest

Green Food Coloring

Mix all ingredients until combined.  Fill cookie cups with about a tbsp of filling.  Smash a cookie cup and sprinkle crumbs over tarts for garnish.

Strawberry Chocolate

8 oz Cool Whip

8 oz Cream Cheese

1 cup Pureed Strawberries

1/4 cup melted chocolate chips

Mix first three ingredients until combined.  Fill cookie cups.  Sprinkle melted chocolate over tarts.  Garnish with strawberry slices.

Orange Cream

8 oz Cool Whip

8 oz Cream Cheese

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp fresh Orange Juice

1/4 cup Orange Zest

Mix all ingredients until combined.  Fill cookie cups.  Sprinkle leftover orange zest over tarts for garnish.

S’more

8 oz Cool Whip

8 oz Cream Cheese

2 tbsp Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix

2 tbsp Cocoa

Marshmallow Creme

Mini chocolate chips

Graham crackers broken into small pieces

Mini marshmallows

Mix first 4 ingredients until combined for chocolate cream mixture.  Spoon tbsp of marshmallow creme into cookie base. Cover with chocolate cream mixture. Garnish with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham cracker pieces.  Use butane torch or place tarts under broiler to lightly roast marshmallows.

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  1. Roz August 8, 2017
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