Friday, February 11, 2011

Shortbread Tarts

My girls can cook, when they come home for girls weekend they cook for me! Candise made these yummy tarts for us to enjoy. And we did enjoy them. Perfect for a Valentine treat. Candise found this recipe on Joyofbaking. It is yummy.

Shortbread Tarts
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 T cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1 tsp vanilla

Raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries, kiwi, blackberries

Spray 36 miniature muffin tins. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in the center of the oven. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together (approximately two minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour, cornstarch and salt and mix just until incorporated.  

Divide the dough into 36 even pieces and place one ball of dough in the center of each muffin tin. With your fingertips, or a tart press, press the dough up the sides of the individual muffin tin so there is an indentation in the center. Once filled, place the tart pan, with the unbaked shells, in the freezer for about 10 minutes so the shortbread can become firm. (This will help to prevent the shortbread from puffing up during baking.)

Bake for approximately 16-18 minutes or until lightly browned. About halfway through the baking time, lightly prick each shortbread, with the tines of a fork, if they have puffed up. Check again after another five minutes and prick again if needed. Once they are fully baked, remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When completely cooled, remove the tarts from the pan. (These may be made in large quantities and frozen.)

Cream Cheese Filling: In your food processor or electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese until fluffy. Add the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla and process just until smooth.(Do not over process or the filling will be too runny.) Transfer the filling to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving time. (It is best to make the filling at least a day in advance to give it time to become firm and for all the flavors to mingle).

To serve: Using a Pampered Chef Decorator, or two small spoons, fill the tart shells with the cream cheese filling. The filled tart shells can be made several hours in advance and refrigerated. Just before serving top with fresh berries or cut up fruit.


jill said...

Those are SO tasty...I have been thinking about them ever since last weekend!

Miss you mama!

Cakelaw said...

These little tarts are adorable and sound delicious. Lucky you!

Christina said...

They are so cute. I love them!