Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cream Cheese Tarts

Tart Shells

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup butter, softened

4 tbsp. sugar

2 cup flour

Blend cream cheese, butter and sugar. Stir in flour just until blended. Chill about 1 hour to make dough easier to handle.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Shape dough into 48 one-inch balls and press into mini muffin cups. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until very light brown on edges. Remove from oven and let set in pan to finish cooking. When cool, remove from pan. This recipe makes a lot of tarts, but they are easy to make, and they disappear fast!
*I don't have a mini muffin cup pan so I used my regular cupcake pan.

Easy Fruit Tarts

1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened (about 20-25 seconds per side in microwave)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1 (3oz.) lemon jello
1 cup ice
Fruit of choice
Beat softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Spoon or pipe cream into tart shells. Place fruit on top of cream. In large glass bowl, heat 3/4 cup water in microwave until boiling- about 1 1/2-2 minutes. Remove from microwave and slowly pour in jello powder. Stir until blended and return to microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir well until jello is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup ice and stir until ice is completely dissolved. Spoon gelatin over tarts. Chill in fridge for a little while. I chilled them for an hour, but it would probably be fine for a shorter time, the glaze sets up fast.

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