Apricot Tarts Recipe
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Apricot Tarts Recipe

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"These tiny tarts are an extra-special dessert for any holiday or occasion," assures Phyllis Hickey of Bedford, New Hampshire. "We love the fruity and nutty flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 117 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and flour until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. For filling, in a small saucepan, bring apricots and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Drain. Add the pecans, sugar, marmalade, cinnamon and cloves; set aside.
  3. Shape dough into 24 balls. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups. Spoon filling into cups.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until browned. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spoon a dollop onto each tart. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apricot Tarts in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p8

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panda1967 User ID: 5614669 64695
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I will make again, maybe not adding the cloves, I'm not crazy about the clove flavor....but is a good and different kind of cookie, I also have to improve on shaping of the dough in the muffin tins, mine was thicker than the pic thus couldn't get as much filling in them, will try to perfect next time!"

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