Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

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Servings: 12 tarts
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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12   vanilla wafers
2   eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2   8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1   21-ounce can cherry pie filling or other pie filling





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of muffin pan.  Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy.  Add sugar and vanilla, beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup.  Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Allow tarts to cool completely.  Serve with cherry filling on top, or pie filling of your choice.

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I saw you teach Rachel to do these and did them for our Mother-daughter tea at church. I'm doing them again this year. I use the food processor. Thickened with cornstarch,crushed pineapple is a good topping too. They look pretty on your tray. Pauline

By Pauline Fister on May 03, 2012


This is a wonderful recipe and so easy. I have made it for bake sales and for friends and family everyone loved it. I did add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the recipe. My grandchildren like the single serve method that way they can just get their own desert. Thank you Paula for such a wonderful easy recipe.

By Ethel Moore on March 16, 2012


These are amazing! I saw them being made on your TV show, so made them for a club meeting and were a huge hit. The best part is, they are so easy even I could make them. Thanks Paula!!

By Bob on February 19, 2012


The cherry cream cheese tarts are very good I shared them with my friends and they liked them too. Thanks Paula

By Dana Durling on April 05, 2011


I seen you do this recipe on Rachel Ray today & had to try it..............DEEEELICIOUS!!!

By Gloria Oldenburger on April 04, 2011


Try your favorite jam/jelly/preserves to top this. smile This has become a "family favorite" and I have used strawberry or raspberry jam for topping. However, the tarts are also yummy plain. smile It's a great, quick, and yummy dessert to make. In fact, IMO, it's just as good..or even better...than those fancy tarts you find in a bakery and or a "catered affair". smile

By MLM216 on March 01, 2011


These were so good and easy to make!I made these and took them to work, everyone loved these!

By louise Walker on February 26, 2011


By Anonymous on November 23, 2010


they were a hit at my party. so easy to make and tasted awesome. we did cherry and blueberry pie filling.

By Anonymous on September 18, 2010


This recipe is great!!!! This is my 5th time making them within 2 weeks. Everyone loves it. I had 1 problem with the inside sinking. Does anyone know why that happens

By Anonymous on February 19, 2010


Thank you, Paula! This is an effortless, scrumptious dessert to enjoy with family and friends!

By Anonymous on February 18, 2010


Great recipe. Make this one because everyone in my family loved it so much.

By jes21055 on June 18, 2009


This was easy and great hit with everyone at work!

By JD on February 14, 2009


I made a bunch of these last year for a super bowl party. They were so easy to make and you have limitless possibilities for toppings! I made cherry and blueberry (using pie filling). They were a hit- they were gone in no time! Everyone raved about them. They are delicious and you can whip them up in no time- you probably already have most of the ingredients!

By heatherchelle on January 23, 2009

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