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Quick & Easy Jam Tarts

little cups of pastry filled with jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar

Happy New Year!  For my final recipe of this year I am sharing this ridiculously easy bite size treat that you could literally throw together right now if you wanted to.  Jam tarts were something that my mum made all the time when I was growing up so I completely attribute this recipe to her and my British roots and wonderful childhood memories!  We moved to the United States from England when I was about ten, so I remember many international nights at my school here in the US where my mum would do a big display about Great Britain and serve up these little tarts for people to taste.  Let me tell you, it was a very popular display!  There is something about this little sweet bite that is comforting and fun - and so I think it's the perfect little treat to take us in to 2021.

This is definitely a big cheat recipe because I use store bought refrigerated pie crust that you just unroll and cut, but you can absolutely use your favorite pie crust recipe too if you want to go to all that trouble.  These little bites of deliciousness are so easy but taste quite fancy and look so cute!  You are literally putting a spoonful of jam in a piece of pie crust, baking and then sprinkling it with powdered sugar or dabbing it with frosting!  I love to use different jams and jellies so I have different colors on the plate.  My favorite flavors are peach, raspberry and strawberry, but my hubby loves grape jelly, so I always throw in some of those for him too.  

  • Store bought refrigerated pie dough 
  • Assortment of jams or jellies
  • Powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.  
  2. Use a glass cup or a round cookie cutter, (I use a 2.5 inch pastry round), to cut out  rounds from the pastry dough.  I always take the scraps and re-roll it to get as many as I can out of the crust.  
  3. Push the rounds gently into greased mini-muffin/brownie pan holes.  
  4. Put about 3/4-1 tsp of jam or jelly in each round.  
  5. Bake in your 350 degree oven for 15-16 minutes.  
  6. Let cool in the pans for about 15 minutes then use a sharp knife to help get them out and cool on racks the rest of the way. 
  7. Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar or put a dab of frosting on each one.

little cups of pastry filled with jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar

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