Three Ingredient Mini Tart Shells

Three ingredient mini tarts recipe

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 55 mins
Yields: 24 tarts
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
13494 Calories
155g Fat
2,601g Carbs
358g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 13494
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 155g 198%
Saturated Fat 80g 399%
Cholesterol 330mg 110%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 2601g 946%
Dietary Fiber 92g 328%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 358g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 620mg 48%
Iron 158mg 878%
Potassium 3780mg 80%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 (4 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 3 ounces cream cheese

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

     ingredients for Mini Tart Shells
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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, wrap in plastic wrap 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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How to Store and Freeze

  • Mini baked tart shells can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Place these shells in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container—being careful not to break any—and they can be frozen for up to three months.