Cranberry Orange Tarts

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Cranberry Orange Tart
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Cook Time 20 - 25 minutes

Pumpkin fare, apple pie, pecan pie are traditional dessert recipes on Thanksgiving. Add a dollop of whipped cream and you have a basic description of the Thanksgiving treats that most Americans enjoy. But, sometimes you want something a little different, and Cranberry Orange Tarts totally fit the bill.

What you'll need

  • 1 package Puff Pastry Shells
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup whipped topping (or freshly prepared whipped cream)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
Helpful Tip:


  • Make this with your favorite cranberry sauce or, in a pinch, canned sauce works too.
  • You can make the cream up to 1 day in advance. Store it in a tightly covered container in the fridge.
  • Be sure to serve this with a fork and a knife for easy cutting.
  • If desired, position the centers of the puff pastry shells on top of the cranberries before serving.

How to make it

  1. step 1

    Prepare the Puff Pastry Shells according to package directions.

  2. step 2

    Bake them and cool them.

  3. step 3

    Remove the center of the pastry shell. This can be done several hours in advance, if desired.

  4. step 4

    Meanwhile, prepare the orange cream: combine the cream cheese, sugar, orange zest and whipped topping or whipped cream in a medium bowl. Beat it with an electric mixer (either a handheld or a stand mixer will work) until light and fluffy (about 2-4 minutes). Be sure to scrape down the bowl during the process.

  5. step 5

    Assemble and plate the dessert: line up 6 plates on your counter, and arrange one puff pastry shell on each of the 6 plates. Divide the orange cream evenly among the shells, spooning about one heaping tablespoon into each. Finally, spoon a tablespoon or two of the whole berry cranberry sauce onto each of the shells. If desired, also spoon one or two cranberries onto the plate.

  6. Serve immediately.

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