These delightful bitefuls take just a bit of time, but they are really easy! I made them with a Fourth of July theme, but feel free to vary the preserves and fruit for colors that suit your special occasion!


Recipe Summary

40 mins
35 mins
1 hr 30 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
24 bite-sized tarts


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine butter and cream cheese for crust in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Gradually stir in flour and salt until well blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

  • Remove dough from the refrigerator and place on a floured surface. Divide dough evenly into 24 pieces; shape each piece into a ball.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

  • While the oven is preheating, press dough onto the bottoms and up the sides of the greased muffin cups. Place the pan on a cookie sheet and set aside.

  • Combine milk, cream, and salt for filling in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to bubble around the edges of the pan and wisps of steam are visible, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir sugar and egg together in a bowl. Pour 1/4 of the hot milk mixture into the bowl and stir until well combined. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and continue to cook and stir until mixture is bubbling and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each muffin cup.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Lower the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking until filling is set, about 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove tarts from the pan and place directly on the wire rack; let cool for 20 minutes.

  • Place 1 teaspoon raspberry preserves on top of 8 tarts, then top each with a raspberry. Make remaining tarts by topping 8 with blueberry preserves and blueberries, and the remaining 8 with pineapple preserves and banana slices. Serve at room temperature.

Cook's Notes:

I use a mini-muffin pan with cups that measure 1 3/4 inches across the top and 1 inch deep.

Banana slices may be dipped in orange juice to delay browning.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 12.6g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 25.7mg; sodium 47.4mg. Full Nutrition