If you’ve been looking for a single serve dessert with pre-made puff pastry shells and cherry pie filling, you’re going to love these mini cherry cheesecake desserts. They’re simple to make, don’t need a lot of different ingredients and best of all these individual cheesecakes are really tasty! These cherry tarts with puff pastry are a simple dessert for parties, BBQs or anytime really!
To make these fruity, creamy individual cheesecakes, you’re going to need cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip for ultimate creaminess. You also need vanilla, sugar, crushed cookies, and cherry pie filling.
Wondering about the crust for these mini cheesecakes? That’s going to be puff pastry shells which are readymade so you simply have to fill them after a quick bake.
Cherry tarts with puff pastry are quick and easy to assemble and perfect after any kind of meal. They also look pretty just as they are or you could garnish them with a sprig of mint for a splash of colour.
How to Make Mini Cheesecakes
It’s best to start off with the dairy ingredients at room temperature. They’re just easier to mix that way and can combine better. Whip the cream cheese with vanilla and both brown and white sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk and then the Cool Whip.
As this creamy mixture chills in the refrigerator you can back the puff pastry bowls in the oven. Brands vary so just follow whatever it says on the packaging. The next step for making mini cherry cheesecake desserts is to scoop some of the chilled creamy mixture into each one. I’d recommend letting the puff pastry cool down first.
Now add some cherry pie filling on top and sprinkle cookie crumbs on top. Keep these individual cheesecakes in the refrigerator until serving. They are best if you add the filling to the shells just before serving else they will get soggy over time.
Cherry Tarts with Puff Pastry Variations
I like this single serve dessert in puff pastry cups but you can also make them in serving glasses without the puff pastry if you want. Not using pre-made puff pastry shells means these really are mini cheesecakes because you don’t have to bake the puff pastry to start with.
If you want to change up the flavour, go ahead and use any kind of pie filling you want. I bet apple pie filling, blueberry pie filling or peach pie filling would work really well in the pre-made puff pastry shells.
The vanilla extract is great with the cherries but feel free to use almond extract instead which also goes really nicely with cherries. For a summertime version you can’t go wrong with a splash of coconut extract (or get decadent and make it coconut rum instead!) Orange liqueur would also be good in these.
Just before serving I like to sift some powdered sugar over the top. It just looks pretty. This is completely optional of course. These mini cherry cheesecake desserts are delicious just as they are too.
Which Pastry Shells are Best?
I love using the Pepperidge Farm pastry shells because they taste good and hold up well with the filling inside. Carefully remove the round top so you can pop it back on top after filling the shell. It’s easy to remove some of the inside layers of the shell with a fork before filling. Take care not to cut through.
How to Serve Cherry Tarts with Puff Pastry
These can be served just as they are but they also make a great festive gift. You can put some on a plate and wrap it with cellophane then decorate with a bow. This would be a cute gift for friends, neighbors or for the kids’ teachers.
They are also nice for a potluck meal or similar gathering. If you’re doing this I suggest you add the recipe to the package else I guarantee you will get every recipient on the phone the next day begging you to tell them how to make these unique individual cheesecakes!
So if you’re looking for the easiest, best recipe for mini cherry cheesecake desserts, make these. The pre-made puff pastry shells make it a breeze to prepare this single serve dessert.
If you like these cherry tarts with puff pastry, you might also like Air Fryer Apricot Apple Cinnamon Dumplings, Air Fryer Blueberry Brie Pastry and Dip Appetizer or Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Crust.
Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecake Desserts
Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecake Desserts
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Use a hand mixer and beat until smooth. Slowly incorporate the sweetened condensed milk. Fold in the cool whip and place the bowl into the fridge to cool.
- Place puff pastry bowls into the oven and bake according to the package. Remove the top of the puff pastry and scoop cheesecake filling inside. Add a spoonful of cherry pie filling on top and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.
For Mason Jars (Alternate Preparation Method)
- Scoop cheesecake filling with a spoonful of cherry pie filling into mason jars. Top with graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
You can use any kind of pie filling you want and prepare the filling ahead and bake the pre-made puff pastry shells ahead too. Then you simply need to assemble your mini cherry cheesecake desserts right before serving them.
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.