Three Ingredient Mini Tart Shells

Three ingredient mini tarts

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 55 mins

Make your own mini tart shells with this recipe. They're great filled with treats like pecan pie filling to make pecan tassies or lemon curd to make miniature lemon pies.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for tarts
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  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.

    Mixing butter and cream cheese
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  3. Gradually add flour until well mixed.

    Mixing flour with butter and cream cheese
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  4. Form into a ball and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

    Wrapped ball of tart dough
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  5. Remove from fridge. Roll into 2-inch balls and place in 24-cup miniature muffin tin.

    Small balls of dough
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  6. Preheat oven to 350 F or 325 F for a dark pan.

    Muffin tin containing balls of tart dough
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  7. Use fingers to smash balls into tart shell shape. Fill shells with approximately 2 cups of filling, as desired. Depending on filling, filled shells are baked from 15 to 25 minutes.

    Smashing balls of dough into tart shape
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  8. Unfilled shells can be baked for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Baked mini tarts
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