Mini Fruit Tarts

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Mini Fruit Tarts

Seattle’s weather has been literally playing hide and seek with us. Some day it’s so warm and nice and the very next day it’s super cold and raining. I mean seriously what’s up with the weather? I really want to pack my jackets and sweaters, it’s May now! The good news though is that it’s super nice today and I hope it stays this way in the coming weeks.

Summers remind me a lot of things especially of mangoes and cool refreshing drinks. When I was a kid, I was crazy for a fruity drink that we used to get in India. It came in various flavors and all you had to do was mix the powder with water. I would always ask mom to buy me different flavors and would then enjoy a glass full every evening during summers. Since it’s beginning to get hot here, I was wondering if we could get something similar here. And so during my weekend trip to Walmart, while looking around I spotted new Kool-Aid Easy Mix . What grabbed my attention was that you just had to add water to make the drink. I mean it can’t get more convenient than that! So I immediately grabbed bottles of Kool-Aid Easy Mix in the 3 available flavors – Tropical Punch, Grape and Cherry.

And then when I got home, I immediately made 2 glasses for me and hubs. One bottle makes 6 quarts or 3 pitchers but you can always make individual glasses if you don’t want to use the whole mix at once. It’s so easy! Open > Pour > Add Water > Enjoy! We both enjoyed this refreshing drink especially after we were out in the sun for so long.

Kool-Aid-Easy Mix Collage

Because I loved the refreshing flavors of Kool-Aid Easy Mix so much, I thought I should make some easy dessert using them, something summery and nice which everyone can enjoy and so I made these mini fruit tarts. They are so darn simple to make and because I used Kool-Aid Easy Mix Tropical Punch for the tart filling, I didn’t have to add anything else for the flavor.

To make these mini fruits tarts, I used my favorite shortbread crust recipe. I love it because not only does it tastes good but is also so easy to make. And I know we all love easy recipes which we can whip up easily.

Mini Fruit Tart

You guys know how obsessed I am with mini desserts. They somehow always appeal to me more than the regular stuff. Mini cheesecake, mini muffins, I can’t seem get enough of them and these mini tarts are latest to join the list. I think it’s because I feel I can more when they are mini! Ha! These mini fruits tarts are perfect little treats for your upcoming spring/summer party and since they are mini you can serve them individually and there won’t be leftovers as well.

Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

You can decorate these mini tarts with any fruits of your choice. I used berries since they are in season but mangoes would be great too. I made this tart using the Kool-Aid Easy Mix Tropical Punch. You can very well use the Cherry & Grape flavors in this recipe if you like those flavors more.

And now on to the recipe for this super simple and fun mini fruit tarts!

Easy Fruit Tart

 

Method

Take room temperature butter and confectioners sugar (also known as powdered sugar) in the steel bowl of your stand mixer or use your hand mixer.

Beat the butter and sugar till creamy, around 2 minutes.

Now add salt and all purpose flour to the butter and sugar mixture gradually.

Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe-Step-1

Mix till the dough comes together. You know it’s done when most of it sticks to the paddle attachment of your stand mixer.

Take around 2 tablespoons of dough for each tart and press in to the bottom and sides of mini tart pans.

Repeat till all the dough is over. I was able to get 14 mini tarts. Bake at 350 F degrees for 15 minutes or till the tarts are lightly golden in color. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. [Tip: you may want to prick the tart dough with a fork so that it doesn’t rise much during baking]

Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe-Step-2

For the filling, beat room temperature cream cheese till it’s smooth and creamy.

Add Kool-Aid Easy Mix Tropical Punch and mix. I loved the pink color that I got for the filling!

Finally add confectioners sugar and mix till well combined. If the filling looks little runny, just put it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and it should be fine. The filling firms up eventually so it’s very easy to pipe in baked tart shells.

Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe-Step-3

Pipe the filling in the cooled baked tart sheets. Top with fruits of your choice and enjoy these mini fruits tarts immediately!

Easy Mini Fruit Tart

What is your favorite easy dessert recipe? which you can whip up in literally no time? I would love to hear! Let me know in the comments section below.

And if you want to make my favorite spring treat – these incredibly easy mini fruit tarts then head over to Walmart and grab some bottles of Kool-Aid Easy Mix. I found mine in the “Drink Mixes” aisle.

Kool Aid Easy Mix at Walmart

Mini Fruit Tarts

Serves: 14

Mini Fruit Tarts made with shortbread crust. An easy summer treat!
Ingredients
Tart shells
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter [1.5 sticks], at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup confectioners sugar, also known as powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
Filling
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tropical punch [I used kool-aid easy mix tropical punch]
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, also known as powdered sugar
Raspberries, Blueberries, Kiwi, to decorate
    Instructions
    Tart shells
    1. Take room temperature butter and confectioners sugar (also known as powdered sugar) in the steel bowl of your stand mixer or use your hand mixer.
    2. Beat the butter and sugar till creamy, around 2 minutes.
    3. Now add salt and all purpose flour to the butter and sugar mixture gradually.
    4. Mix till the dough comes together. You know it's done when most of it sticks to the paddle attachment of your stand mixer.
    5. Take around 2 tablespoons of dough for each tart and press in to the bottom and sides of mini tart pans.
    6. Repeat till all the dough is over. I was able to get 14 mini tarts.
    7. Bake at 350 F degrees for 15 minutes or till the tarts are lightly golden in color. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. [Tip: you may want to prick the tart dough with a fork so that it doesn't rise much during baking]
    Filling
    1. For the filling, beat room temperature cream cheese till it's smooth and creamy.
    2. Add Kool-Aid Easy Mix Tropical Punch and mix.
    3. Finally add confectioners sugar and mix till well combined.
    4. Pipe the filling in the cooled baked tart sheets.
    5. Top with fruits of your choice and enjoy these mini fruits tarts immediately!

     Mini Fruit Tarts

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    58 thoughts on “Mini Fruit Tarts

    1. These little mini fruit tarts are too cute! I love that you added the mix to the filling, such a creative idea. That fresh fruit on top just looks perfect.

    2. I didn’t know you lived in Seattle. My sister just moved there last month and is loving it.
      My husband happens to be obsessed with kool-aid so I think he would be particularly fond of these gorgeous little tarts! So creative!

    3. Hey Manali! Love your work too! You wouldn’t believe this! I just posted a mini vada pav recipe and spome about how I like all mini stuff 😀 great minds do think alike eh? 😛 beautiful tarts by the way!

    4. What a fun way to use that Kool Aid mix, Manali! I’m imagining how delicious that fruit punch cream cheese filling is…and I like what I’m imagining! This is perfect for summer. My go-to summer recipe is anything grilled. I literally could eat all 3 meals a day off the grill in the summer…with these mini fruit tarts for dessert, of course! 🙂

    5. Aww YAY, I do love me some good Kool-Aid stories and easy treats 🙂 has the weather really been that on-and-off? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised–we visited at the end of March and had wonderful, sunny weather, but apparently our visit was bookended by thunderstorms! Glad you’ve got these cute tarts to cope with the weather though xo

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