Cheesecake Tartlets

One of the four heart-healthy recipes selected for our collaboration with the American Heart Association, these tartlets are a hit on-hand as a bite-sized snack or served as dessert at your next dinner party.
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Photo: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

By Chef Phillip Dell

Serves: 36
Makes: 36 tartlets

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tbsp all-natural, no-sugar-added fruit preserves of your choice
  • 36 fresh berries (raspberries, large blueberries or strawberries), quartered

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 4 oz low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

LEMON SHORTBREAD

  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup organic unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare Cheesecake Filling: In a food processor, blend both cheeses, honey and vanilla, stopping to scrape sides of bowl, until smooth. Spoon mixture into a piping bag. (Alternatively, use a small resealable bag with a small piece snipped off 1 corner). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Lemon Shortbread: In a large bowl, add flour, butter, honey and zest; mix with a fork until well blended and a dough is formed.
  3. Form into 36 tablespoon-size balls. Place balls in cups of a nonstick mini muffin or mini tartlet pan. Use the back of a spoon or your thumb to press each ball onto bottom and partway up side of each cup (dough should be quite thin) to make an indentation to hold preserves. Spoon 1/2 tsp fruit preserves into each cup.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden and firm. Transfer pan to a rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove tartlets from pan and let cool completely on rack, about 20 minutes.
  5. Pipe about 1 tsp Cheesecake Filling onto each tartlet, then top with berries. Leftover 4 oz Cheesecake Filling can be kept, covered, in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrients per tartlet: Calories: 90, Total Fat: 4.5 g, Sat. Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 12 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 20 mg, Cholesterol: 10 mg

FREEZE IT:
This dough is excellent for freezing! Roll the dough into a log with wax or parchment paper. Wrap the log tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until needed. For a quick treat, remove the dough from the freezer, cut the log into slices, place the slices onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and proceed to baking.