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Monday, February 13, 2012

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

Valentines Day is tomorrow and I thought this would be an easy, delicious, special dessert that you could make for your family or special someone.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, cream cheese always makes it better.  This is a Paula Deen recipe and I saw her make this dessert on her show several years ago.  It was quite funny that when she took the tarts out of the oven they looked like cupcakes but as they cooled the center of each tart fell!  She said that at first she panicked but then decided that the fallen center would make a perfect place to add a dab of pie filling to complete the tarts.  She was so right.  It's a perfect combination.  I hope you will consider making Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts for your special Valentines!

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

2 - 8 oz. pkgs. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
12 vanilla wafers
1 - 21 oz. can cherry pie filling or other pie filling of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of the muffin pan.  Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy.  Add sugar and vanilla, beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup.  Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers.

Bake for 20 min.  Allow tarts to cool completely.  The tarts will sink in the middle.  Spoon pie filling into tart.

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