Monday, November 10, 2008

Cherry Cheese Tarts

Here's an easy cheesy dessert that you can make if you're in the mood for cheesecake, but you don't have the time. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch, so give them a try! You'll love 'em!
By the way, my fabulous, gorgeous, talented, youthful, vibrant, funny, caring and all-around wonderful sister, Cathy, left a comment with a few more tips, but they're such good ideas that I figured they needed to be included as part of the recipe, not just in the comments section. So, I moved them!
Thanx Cath!

18 foil or paper muffin cups
18 vanilla wafers
2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling

Place muffin cups in muffin pans. Place 1 vanilla wafer in each muffin cup. Blend all ingredients except pie filling. Spoon filling into cups over wafers, dividing the filling between the 18 cups, (about 3/4 full). Bake 15 minutes at 350F degrees. Chill. Spoon pie filling over each tart.

Joey's Tips:
Clearly, you can use any favorite pie filling instead of cherry. Blueberry tarts are fabulous! You can also switch up the cookies as much as you like. Try adding some pumpkin pie spice to the cheese mixture and substitute gingersnaps for the vanilla wafers. YUM!

Cathy's Tips:
You can also skip the fruit topping, and just mix in mini chocolate chips into the batter before baking. A chocolate wafer cookie as the "crust" makes it extra decadent. This is also really good with fresh fruits, and makes a pretty presentation if you use a mixture of fruits (like strawberries, blueberries & kiwi).

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