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These adorable Mini Fruit Tarts are the perfect spring or summer time dessert. They start with sweet sugar cookie crusts and a decadent cream cheese filling then are topped with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruit. Not only are do they look beautiful but they taste amazing too!
One of the beautiful things about this recipe is these fruit tarts are easy enough to make for a quick snack, but they also make a really elegant dessert. Colorful diced fruit sits on top of the tarts like little jewels, making them a great sweet treat idea for a wedding or baby shower, Mother’s Day, birthday parties or just about any holiday.
Fruit desserts are so much fun to make for summer parties and family get-togethers too. Like these precious Blueberry Hand Pies and this Strawberry Poke Cake, they’re always a huge hit. That’s why I am super excited to share this new recipe! I mean, how could anyone resist them…sugar cookie crust, luscious cream cheese filling, and sweet, juicy fresh fruit. It just can’t get any better!
💖Why We Love this Mini Fruit Tart Recipe
Absolutely delicious: From the bottom to the top, these mini fruit tarts are amazing. The sweet cookie cups, creamy filling and the tartness of the fruit are guaranteed to make this recipe one of your favorite desserts.
Simple recipe: The tart shells are made out of cookie dough, right in a mini muffin pan. Then all you have to do is mix up the filling and top them with fresh fruit. Voila! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Versatile: These delicious treats are just like little bites of springtime that you can make and enjoy year-round by using whatever fruit is in season.
What’s Needed To Make This Easy Mini Fruit Tart
- Sugar cookie dough: You can use the refrigerated cookie dough, cookie mix or make your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe
- Cream cheese: This is what makes the easy vanilla cream filling
- Powdered sugar: Gives the filling just enough sweetness to compliment the fruit
- Vanilla extract: Just adds a little more flavor to the tarts, but you can use lemon or almond extract if you prefer
- Assorted berries & fruit: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, mandarin oranges are good choices
- Salt: A pinch of salt, when added to sweet recipes, enhances the flavors.
How to Make Miniature Fruit Tarts
For the Sugar Cookie Cups
Step1. If using a mix, prepare sugar cookie dough according to package or recipe directions. (If using prepackaged dough, skip to step 2)
Step 2. Using a dough scoop or small spoon, scoop out a tablespoon of tart dough at a time. Roll into a ball and place in a mini muffin pan.
Step 3: Press a hole in the center of each ball of dough and press the dough into the edges of the muffin tin creating little tart shapes.
Step 4: Bake the dough according to package or recipe directions.
Step 5: Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Then remove from the muffin pan to cool completely.
To Make the Cream Cheese Filling
Step 1: Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Step 2: Add vanilla, a pinch of salt, and then add in powdered sugar gradually, mixing after each addition until it is all incorporated.
To Decorate the Tarts
Step 1. Slice the berries and fruit into small pieces that will easily fit on top of each
Step 2. Once the cookie cups are cooled completely fill them with the cream cheese mixture. You can use a piping bag or spoon the filling into the center of each cup.
Step 3. Decorate the tops of each tart assorted chopped fruit and berries.
Serve immediately or place in the fridge. Because they have a creamy filling, they shouldn’t stay at room temperature for more than an hour.
If you really want to give these mini treats a special added touch, brush the tops of the tarts with an apricot glaze. To make it, in a small bowl, add about 1/4 cup apricot jam, a little water, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest and stir well.
Decorate the mini tarts with fruit or berries, Then, using a pastry brush, add the glaze right over the tops of the fresh berries. If you have leftover glaze, it makes a yummy topping served over vanilla ice Cream!
What if I Don’t Have a Mini Muffin Tin
If you don’t have mini muffin tins or mini tart pans, you can always make these easy mini fruit tarts into mini fruit pizzas!
All you have to do is shape and bake the dough as you would if making cookies. Then take the cream cheese filling and frost the tops of the cookies and decorate with sliced fruit.
What Are the Best Fruits for these Miniature Tarts?
There really isn’t a right way or wrong way when it comes to decorating these cute little tarts. You can use all sorts of different fruits, but there are some that tend to work better. The only fruits you should consider staying away from are melons, because of the water content. No one wants soggy bottoms!
Use any other of your favorite fruits, like berries, kiwi, mango, seedless grapes that you halve, and mandarin oranges. When choosing which fruit to use, think of colorful fruit that has a really nice contrast in color.
Tips for Making the Best Mini Fruit Tarts:
- If making these more than a day in advance, the tart cups can be baked and filled and placed in the fridge. Then right before serving them you can top them with the fruit.
- After you have rinsed your berries or other fruits, pat them dry really well to avoid excess moisture.
- Once the cookies have cooled slightly, go ahead and remove them from the muffin tin. If you let the cookies cool completely in the tin, they will stick and be very difficult to pull out without crumbling them.
- When you bake the cookie cups, if they puff up too much in the center, take the handle of a wooden spoon and gently press into the center of each tart crust to form a slightly larger opening. After all, we want as much filling as we can get!
Want More Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes?
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
- Easy Oreo Fluff
- Butterbeer Fudge Recipe
Mini Fruit Tart Recipe
For The Sugar Cookie Cups
- If using a mix, prepare sugar cookie dough according to package or recipe directions. (If using prepackaged dough, skip to step 2)16.5 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- Using a dough scoop or small spoon, scoop out a tablespoon of tart dough at a time. Roll into a ball and place in a mini muffin pan.
- Press a hole in the center of each ball of dough and press the dough into the edges of the muffin tin creating little tart shapes.
- Bake the dough according to package or recipe directions.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Then remove from the muffin pan to cool completely.
For The Cream Cheese Filling
- Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.8 ounces cream cheese
- Add vanilla, a pinch of salt, and then add in powdered sugar gradually, mixing after each addition until it is all incorporated.1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch salt, 2 cups powdered sugar
Decorating The Tarts
- Slice the berries and fruit into small pieces that will easily fit on top of eachFruits of choice
- Once the cookie cups are cooled completely fill them with the cream cheese mixture. You can use a piping bag or spoon the filling into the center of each cup.
- Decorate the tops of each tart assorted chopped fruit and berries.