Mini Caramel Tarts
I’m so excited to share these tarts with you. They are just so good in so many ways that I am not entirely sure where to start to tell you about them. Do I talk about how they’re so tiny? Or how good they are? Or maybe I should express my excitement over the short ingredient list?
I have to pick one to get started, so let’s go with flavor. If you say “cream cheese pie crust” and “caramel,” I’m pretty much sold without knowing anything else. With these tarts, you do indeed begin with cream cheese pie crust. Then, fill that with a simple caramel filling. What comes next is up to you. A pinch of sea salt, whipped cream, glazed pecans, a single toasted hazelnut, dried fruit, chocolate shavings… All of these are excellent answers.
Now, we’ll move on to the tiny aspect. I have such a soft spot for tiny desserts. Mini versions are, by default, cuter. Right? And, I really like them for large-ish gatherings because there’s no cutting slices of anything. With these tarts, you can make many, many variations just by using different toppings. Just imagine these in all their garnished glory on a dessert tray. Gorgeous!
If all of that weren’t enough to sell you on these, let’s talk about how simple they are to make and how the ingredient list is so unbelievably short. These beauties can be made with just five ingredients. FIVE! Just three for the crust and two for the caramel filling. Then, just add whatever garnishes you like.
I love the simplicity of these little beauties. And, of course, the flavor is just lovely. I got a little carried away trying out different garnishes. It’s easy to do! But, don’t think you have to garnish them. They are perfectly lovely all on their own.
I used Werther’s Original® Baking Caramels for the filling. You may remember them from those Caramel Popcorn Shortbread Brownies. For more caramel recipes and ideas, be sure to visit Werther’s Caramel Shoppe.
Disclosure: Werther’s provided me with product samples and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.