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Mini Blackberry Tarts

June 6, 2012

Need a fun dessert for your next summer party? Why not try something a little different than the usual cookies, cupcakes, etc. These look impressive and a bit fancy, but they are simple and quick! When I saw these cute little pie/tart cups  I couldn’t believe it. How did I not think of this before?! I will be making variations of this recipe all summer. Here’s what you need:

Pre-made Pie Crust (unless you’re a pie crust purist I guess…)
Jar of blackberry preserves (or whatever kind you like best)
1 Lemon (you’ll use the juice and zest)
8oz cream cheese, softened
3tbsp butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
Star shaped cookie cutter
Mini muffin pan

Here’s what you do: 1) Grease mini muffin pan, roll out pie crust and cut out several star shapes, place in muffin pan. Using a fork, prick the center of each star cup. Bake for 8-9 minutes at 350°. 2) Scoop preserves into a bowl and break up with a spoon. When tart cups are cool, remove from pan and spoon preserves into center. 3) Zest the lemon, I used a special tool to get longer curly strips of lemon zest for the top, but regular zest is perfectly acceptable. In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and butter. When well combined and smooth, add powdered sugar and 2/3 of the lemon zest along with the juice of half the lemon and beat. 4) I used a pastry bag with a star tip to pipe the cream cheese topping, but you could just drop a small dollop on each tart with a spoon. Top each tart with the remaining lemon zest. Store in the fridge until party time, then enjoy! You could definitely make these a day ahead if you’d like.

If blackberries aren’t you’re thing, you could always try raspberry preserves and top each tart with a raspberry. Or you could use strawberry preserves and top with a blueberry for a patriotic spin. If you made more of the cream cheese topping you could fill each tart with that and add whatever fresh fruit you like for something different. Be creative!

Original recipe, which I slightly altered, can be found here at Fancy Frugal Life or here on Pinterest.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Auntie Pam permalink
    June 6, 2012 9:52 am

    I’m definitely making these for 4th of July company. Thank you!

  2. Aunt Tricia permalink
    June 6, 2012 1:14 pm

    I love love loved them! And blackberries are delicious.

  3. Rose permalink
    June 7, 2012 6:58 am

    These were delicious and sooo pretty!

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