Bake These Cream Cheese Mini Fruit Tarts Using Store-Bought Pie Crust!

Mini Fruit Tarts

yield: 40 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2

Lightly dust a cutting board with flour. Use the cookie cutter to cut star shapes from the pie crust and place them in the non-stick muffin tin. Press the middle of the star down into the pan. Roll out the scraps of dough using a rolling pin, and continue until all the dough is used.

3

Bake the pie crust stars for 9-10 minutes in the oven to slightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

4

Place the pie crust stars on a cooling rack. Spoon a little (about a teaspoon size dollop) of fruit spread into the middle of each tart.

5

In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extracts. Use a hand mixer to blend until smooth.

6

Place the cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and add a small amount to the tops of each mini tart. Transfer to a tray and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers in the fridge covered for up to a few days.

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These holiday mini fruit tarts look fancy but are honestly super easy to make! 

woman making blackberry cream cheese mini tarts

Looking for a unique yet easy treat or brunch recipe?

Today I’m sharing how to turn store-bought pie crusts into the cutest mini fruit tarts that are delicious to eat and so fun and easy to make. You then top them with a simple cream cheese filling.

These will seriously impress your holiday party guests, and anyone can pull them off, I promise!

ingredients for mini tarts using pie crust

The best part is that these adorable mini fruit tarts require just a handful of ingredients!

The pie crust gets cut up using a star cookie cutter, and then baked in the oven using a mini muffin pan. With the ends raised, it makes a fun base to fill with preserves and then top with sweetened cream cheese.

pie crust mini fruit tarts

These would be a great cookie exchange item to consider or a perfect make-ahead Christmas morning snack.

As far as what flavor of tart you’d like to create, that is up to you! We usually stick with blackberry preserves, but today I tried making them with my favorite sweet fig spread and lime curd from the jar! All flavors were yummy. 😋 You can make a variety or stick with one flavor, it’s all up to you!

yound girl making mini fruit tarts

Tried and true family recipes are the best and this one is no exception!

My grandma Bonnie was an expert at holiday treats and she actually taught me how to make these easy pie crust tarts many years ago. Every Christmas I now bake them as a fun family holiday tradition and my kids usually like to get in on the Christmas baking.

Rolling out the cookie-cutter stars is usually a favorite for kids to help with. Above is an older pick of my young helper from a few years ago!

mini pie crust tarts on a plate

Tips for making perfect mini fruit tarts:

  • You’ll need a star cookie cutter for these tarts to come out looking like pretty flowers. You’ll also need a mini muffin tin. I actually keep two pans on hand for making these so I can bake both at the same time. If you have just one, you can do a couple of rounds in the oven.
  • As far as adding the cream cheese, I use my favorite Wilton dessert decorator tool to pipe it on top using a star-shaped tip. You could use a pastry bag, or improvise with a Ziploc bag with the side snipped.
  • These are easy to transport using a 9×13 casserole dish with lid. Any leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for a few days.
  • Two pie crusts will make about 40 miniature tarts. If you wanted to just use one crust, you can cut the recipe idea in half.

using a star cookie cutter and pie dough to make mini tarts

making pie crust mini fruit tarts

using pie crust to make mini tarts in a muffin pan

adding fruit spread to mini tarts

adding vanilla to cream cheese

Cream Cheese Mini Tarts Using Store-Bought Pie Crusts!

easy tarts with cream cheese

bite size mini tarts on a cooling rack

holding a bite size mini tart

close up of mini fruit tarts with cream cheese topping


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Mini Fruit Tarts

yield: 40 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Star-shaped pieces of pie crusts get baked and topped with berry preserves and sweetened cream cheese for a delicious treat!

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2

Lightly dust a cutting board with flour. Use the cookie cutter to cut star shapes from the pie crust and place them in the non-stick muffin tin. Press the middle of the star down into the pan. Roll out the scraps of dough using a rolling pin, and continue until all the dough is used.

3

Bake the pie crust stars for 9-10 minutes in the oven to slightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

4

Place the pie crust stars on a cooling rack. Spoon a little (about a teaspoon size dollop) of fruit spread into the middle of each tart.

5

In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extracts. Use a hand mixer to blend until smooth.

6

Place the cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and add a small amount to the tops of each mini tart. Transfer to a tray and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers in the fridge covered for up to a few days.

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plate with cream cheese tarts

These are delicious little bite-sized pieces of heaven!

I love the pie crust with the fruit and cream cheese combo! Be warned, if you bring these mini tarts to a party, they disappear quickly, so maybe make a double batch for larger crowds.

I have also prepped the pie crust stars ahead of time, placed the cookie sheets covered in the fridge, and then just popped them in the oven when ready to bake. Enjoy!


Be sure to bake Collin’s favorite cream cheese sopapilla squares too!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 12

  1. Jeannine

    I absolutely love this idea! Those look delicious and turned out so pretty!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! Enjoy Jeannine!

  2. rachyb

    How long do they stay fresh? I’d like to make them for Christmas. They look so cute

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! They will stay fresh for a while covered in the fridge maybe up to 4-5 days. Enjoy!!

  3. Lori

    Beautiful Lina! They look so festive.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Lori!

  4. *Angela-Miles*

    Semi related, but I heard this on the news an wanted to share Lol.
    Kraft is offering a $20 card to anyone who will not make a cheesecakes this year due to the cream cheese shortage. 😆

    The offer is this Friday an Saturday for anyone interested.

    • Jen S.

      Also heard about the shortage…. So may want to think twice before posting any more recipes containing that ingredient? Definitely not cheesecake anyway!

  5. Cynthia

    Thank you so much! i have been looking for the phyllo dough tart shells and have not been able to find them. This will be the perfect substitute. These look so good!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good I think you will enjoy them! Yum!

  6. angela

    Thank you for this super cute recipe. I have plenty of cream cheese as do all our stores here…besides, this only takes a dallop of it. 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes same! Enjoy these 😍

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