Healthy Holiday Desserts: Mini Apple Tarts

You can call these apple tarts, or you can call them little bites of heaven. Your choice. These mini tarts are the perfect dessert to bring to a party because they give you the freedom to try more than one dessert. And who can limit themselves to just one? Not me! I see three different pies and I want three slices of pie! You can try to cut a small sliver of pie, but it’s not easy. And it will most likely result in a crumble storm.

dice your apples nice and small


The shortbread crust is probably the best part of this tart. I may have sampled a few before I even added the apple topping. It’s rich and buttery, just like any shortbread should be, made even better with the addition of pecans.  This recipe is originally from Cooking Light. 


mini apple tart
Top with fresh pomegranate seeds for a burst of color!
Mint also provides a nice pop of color

mini apple tart

Mini Spiced Apple Tarts
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 mini tarts
  • Crust:
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ¼ C butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C flour
  • ⅓ C chopped toasted pecans
  • Baking spray with flour
  • Filling:
  • 2 C diced and peeled Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ¼ C creme fraiche or whipped cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. To prepare crust place first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add flour and nuts to butter mixture. Beat until just combined. Divide dough evenly among 24 mini muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Press dough into bottom and up sides of muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  3. To prepare filling, combine apple and juice in a bowl. Add 2 Tbsp sugar and the next 4 ingredients, toss well.
  4. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add apple mixture. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Combine cornstarch and 1 Tbsp water in a small bowl. Stir into apple mixture; cook 1 minute or until mixture thickens; stirring constantly. Place apple mixture in a bowl and cool to room temperature. Spoon 2 tsp apple mixture into each tart shell. Top each tart with creme fraiche or whipped cream.




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