Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets Recipe
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Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets Recipe

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Bite-size treats are a nice addition to a dessert buffet. You can store cooled, baked tart shells in an airtight container at room temperature overnight or in the freezer for a few weeks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Fresh raspberries and mint sprigs, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 121 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. In another bowl, beat the butter, flour, confectioners' sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place in greased miniature muffin cups; press onto the bottom and up the sides. Prick with a fork.
  3. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately run a knife around each tart to loosen completely. Cool in pans on wire racks.
  4. Pipe or spoon 1 tablespoon cheese filling into each tart shell. Cover and refrigerate until set. Just before serving, garnish with raspberries and mint if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p88

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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andie2170 User ID: 958602 133460
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"my grandma made these... it's a keeper! she subbed marachino cherry for the raspberry. turned out just as cute & tasted excellent."

86county User ID: 2212728 150291
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"Made these for Fourth of July picnic and the girls watched to see who took the plate because they were so good! Left over filling works well in phyllo cups as well."

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