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Cherry Almond Tarts

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Categories: Valentine's Day
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

Your family will love this healthy cherry cheesecake-in-a-cup.

Serves: Serves: 8 (2 each)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated unbaked 9-inch piecrust
  • 1 (4-serving) package JELL-O sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 1 (4-serving) package JELL-O sugar-free cherry gelatin
  • 2 cups (one 16-ounce can) tart red cherries, packed in water, drained, and 1/2 cup liquid reserved
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) slivered almonds

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unfold piecrust. Using a (2 1/2-inch) biscuit cutter, cut 12 circles. Press dough scraps together and cut 4 more circles, for a total of 16 circles.
  3. Place pastry circles into 16 miniature muffin cups. Press into cups to form shells.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry gelatin, reserved cherry liquid, and water.
  5. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and starts to boil, stirring often.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in cherries and almond extract.
  7. Evenly spoon mixture into prepared pastry shells. Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon almonds over top of each.
  8. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
  9. Place pans on a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove tarts from pans and allow to cool completely.
Tips:
  • If you haven't got a biscuit cutter, you can use a small glass to cut out the circles of dough.

excerpted from:

From COOKING HEALTHY WITH THE KIDS IN MIND by JoAnna Lund. Used by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright 1998 by Healthy Exchanges, Inc.

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