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Cherry Cheesecake Tarts

If your children or grandchildren are looking for a perfect gift to give their teachers, these may be the answer. Dress up each tart with a paper doily, place on a colorful plastic or paper plate and cover with clear wrap. Secure with a festive bow or a gift card and tag. And don't forget to include the recipe for the tart. When I gave this as a gift to each of the secretaries at the high school where I work, it soon became a hit with their families, too!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen puff pastry shells
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Bake pastry shells according to package directions.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract. With a fork, carefully remove the circular top of each baked shell and set aside. Remove any soft layers of pastry inside shells and discard.
  • Spoon the cream cheese filling into shells; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Just before serving, spoon pie filling into shells. Top with reserved pastry circles. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 416 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.
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