These are great for family gatherings or parties. All the sweet goodness of strawberry shortcake, but convenient small and individual servings for your guests. This very impressive looking treat will have all your guests begging for the recipe.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
18 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 18 mins
Servings:
35
Yield:
70 mini tarts
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Ingredients

35
Original recipe yields 35 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease mini muffin pans.

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  • Place cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour, one cup at a time, until all is incorporated. Roll dough into 70 small balls, and press each into a mini muffin pan cup to form the pastry crusts.

  • Bake crusts in preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.

  • Stir gelatin, sugar, and food coloring into the boiling water. Place over high heat; bring back to a boil. Stir together cornstarch and water to make a paste. Stir the cornstarch mixture in the boiling gelatin until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  • Spoon cooled gelatin mixture evenly into tart shells. Push a strawberry half down into each tart. If desired, top each tart with a small amount of whipped cream or whipped topping just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

280 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 28.9g; fat 17.2g; cholesterol 49mg; sodium 134.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2009
Best Advice: Do a test run with 1 tart before you commit to making a whole batch. You will probably modify along the way as we did. Dough: I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour because the dough was too wet. It still baked too "short" (seemed like there was too much butter). Next time I will add even more flour. We don't own a mini-muffin tin so I used a regular muffin tin. Chill the dough before pressing into muffin tins so it isn't so soft to work with. I rolled out the dough with a rolling pin and pressed out circles with a large Starbucks coffee mug. Press into muffin tins taking care to be make the dough smooth evenly thin and the well deep enough. This will make for a nice presentation at the end. Make sure there is no airpocket underneath. Prick the bottom with fork before baking if not sure. Don't overcook the dough or it will be crumbly. Gelatin Mixture: I used a lot less water than called for as I wanted the gelatin to be thicker and actually "set" before serving it (as opposed to being runny). Strawberries: I also added a small tin of Mandarin oranges into the strawberry mix. I strained out any extra liquids from the strawberry/mandarin mix as it would dilute the jello. We chilled before serving because I wanted the jello mixture to "set".It was a lot of work but the presentation is worth it for a special occasion: wedding/baby shower etc. We made only 12 tarts because it takes so much time. We are going to try freezing the extra dough for future. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2010
Tasted great when first got to the table over time the jello set and the tarts seemed very dry. Read More
(7)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2009
Best Advice: Do a test run with 1 tart before you commit to making a whole batch. You will probably modify along the way as we did. Dough: I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour because the dough was too wet. It still baked too "short" (seemed like there was too much butter). Next time I will add even more flour. We don't own a mini-muffin tin so I used a regular muffin tin. Chill the dough before pressing into muffin tins so it isn't so soft to work with. I rolled out the dough with a rolling pin and pressed out circles with a large Starbucks coffee mug. Press into muffin tins taking care to be make the dough smooth evenly thin and the well deep enough. This will make for a nice presentation at the end. Make sure there is no airpocket underneath. Prick the bottom with fork before baking if not sure. Don't overcook the dough or it will be crumbly. Gelatin Mixture: I used a lot less water than called for as I wanted the gelatin to be thicker and actually "set" before serving it (as opposed to being runny). Strawberries: I also added a small tin of Mandarin oranges into the strawberry mix. I strained out any extra liquids from the strawberry/mandarin mix as it would dilute the jello. We chilled before serving because I wanted the jello mixture to "set".It was a lot of work but the presentation is worth it for a special occasion: wedding/baby shower etc. We made only 12 tarts because it takes so much time. We are going to try freezing the extra dough for future. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2009
I may just possibly bring this dessert to all events. Really easy to make. I varied greatly from the recipe. Cut the portion in half (made about 17 2-inch cups). Substituted berry jello-flavors and added blueberries to the final toppings. I used only a stick and a half of butter even less than what half the recipe calls for. My cups came out great! They looked beautiful and tasted like kolackys with sweet syruped fruit. To make my gelatin set better I added about 1tsp more of cornstarch to the warm syrup when I noticed it was too runny. Popped the final product in the fridge and in about an hour it was set. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2009
A little time consuming but well worth the effort. I used sugar free jello and light cream cheese to cut calories. Made these for a treat to take to work. A co-worker also made them over the weekend and substitued a little of the flour with cocoa to make the crust chocolate flavored. She said they were fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2010
These were delicious though I agree they are time consuming. My girls are 3 years old and 20 months old and they enjoy rolling it into balls and pressing them into the muffin tins. Half the jello would have sufficed for us because we didn't get the tart shells thin enough. They still tasted great though especially with the whipped topping and I agree with the description they do taste like mini strawberry shortcakes. I used the light cream cheese as that is what I use for everything and they were great. I did need my teenage son to finish stirring the dough once all the flour was added because it was so thick. I tried using the electric beaters but after a while the dough liked to climb right up the beaters and stay there very hard to remove. Doesn't change my rating though. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2010
Tasted great when first got to the table over time the jello set and the tarts seemed very dry. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2019
Will make it again!! Everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2016
Awesome for all seasons!! Read More
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