"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." — MS. KIMMY
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2 (8 ounce) packages
cream cheese, softened
4 1/2 cups
3 (3 ounce) packages
strawberry flavored Jell-O® mix
red food coloring
3 1/2 cups
fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 cups
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.
Tasted great when first got to the table over time the jello set and the tarts seemed very dry.
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.
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.
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.
I gave this recipe 3 stars because I did a lot if modifying. I used the original crust recipe the first time and it was rather bland, so the second time I added 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of almond extract. I didn't have jello, so I looked up a recipe for strawberry pie filling and used that as I need to use a ton more strawberries than this recipe called for ( my plants are over producing). I baked as per the directions for temperature and length of time, however I didn't read the instructions thoroughly and baked the shells with the pie filling in the raw shells other than the crust this was a really good guide recipe. I may try it with the jello filling, if I remember to buy jello. My four kids and my husband devoured them.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Serving Size: 1/70 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 70
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 136
** Calories from Fat: 72
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