Celebrate Christmas with our festive Reindeer Cherry Cheesecake Tarts. They taste as good as they look and these mini tarts are deceptively simple to make - just what you want out of a festive dessert recipe!
What do I need ?
Original recipe yields 12 Servings
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300 g (1/2 of 600-g pkg.) frozen sweet cherries, thawed, juice reserved and divided
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Cherry Jelly Powder
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided
2 pkg. (120 g each) mini graham cracker pie crusts (12 crusts)
24 miniature pretzel twists
2 oz. Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
24 Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
12 maraschino cherries, well drained
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How do I make it ?
Add enough water to reserved cherry juice to measure 1/2 cup; pour into medium saucepan. Add 1/2 cup sugar, dry jelly powder and corn starch; mix well. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cook and stir 2 min. Cool 20 min.
Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Stir in 1/4 cup Cool Whip; spread onto bottoms of pie crusts. Top with sweet cherries and jelly glaze. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Meanwhile, cover baking sheet with parchment. Use fork to dip pretzels, 1 at a time, into chocolate; holding pretzel over bowl, gently shake off excess chocolate. Place on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 15 min. or until ready to use.
Decorate tops of tarts with pretzels and remaining ingredients to resemble reindeer as shown in photo.
Kraft Kitchen Tips!
If preparing with large cherries, cut them in half before using as directed.
Storing Cream Cheese Desserts
Desserts containing cream cheese, whether baked or unbaked, should be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Fat 14 g
Saturated fat 7 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 270 mg
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fibre 1 g
Sugars 32 g
Protein 4 g
12 servings, 1 tart (105 g) each
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.