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Cranberry Walnut Tarts

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese , cut into small pieces
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries , coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade or apricot preserves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Makes

About 3 dozen.

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Step 2

In mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; mix well. Add butter pieces; beat with electric mixer until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cream cheese; mix until a soft dough forms (do not over mix). Divide dough into two flat disks, wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

For filling, combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into star shapes using a 3 in. star cutter. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of the filling into center of each cut-out. Fold points of star in toward center, leaving filling exposed. Pinch dough around outside edge at all 5 seams. Space 1-1/2" apart on cookie sheet.

Step 4

Bake for 16-18 minutes or until bottoms of tarts are deep golden brown. Remove to cooling grids; cool completely.