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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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]
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.
Pipe the filling in the cooled baked tart sheets. Top with fruits of your choice and enjoy these mini fruits tarts immediately!
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.
Mini Fruit Tarts
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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]
- For the filling, beat room temperature cream cheese till it's smooth and creamy.
- Add Kool-Aid Easy Mix Tropical Punch and mix.
- Finally add confectioners sugar and mix till well combined.
- Pipe the filling in the cooled baked tart sheets.
- Top with fruits of your choice and enjoy these mini fruits tarts immediately!
Mini Fruit Tarts
58 thoughts on “Mini Fruit Tarts”
YUM! Those mini tarts look delicious! Thanks for sharing this creative use for the Kool-Aid Easy Mix. #client
Thanks Stephanie! Glad you like! 🙂
Your mini fruit tarts are so cute!!!
Thank you so much for dropping by!
These little tarts are absolutely GORGEOUS, Manali! All those big juicy berries are pulling me in! These would be perfect for Mother’s Day. 🙂
What a clever idea! I have never thought to use a mix like that in a tart filling but it sounds so delicious!
Thanks Allie! 🙂
The tarts are adorable Manali:)…Loved them..I love miniature versions of anything:)…So cute…tempting clicks:)
Thank you Padma! Me too a fan of mini food!
These tarts are too cute Manali!! I love that you used Kool-Aid and fresh fruits. Very creative and delicious!! Can’t wait to try these. Pinned!!
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
Thanks Ala! The weather has been acting crazy, hope it settles down!
sooooo colourful Manali…I can gaze at the colours like ever. For me this will be the perfect way to include fruits 😉
Thanks Shweta! I love fruity desserts!
These mini tarts are looking so Cute. Use of Kool Aid mix – very cool. Loved it.
Thank you! 🙂