My favorite part of summer celebrations are berry desserts. Whether it’s berry themed fruit kabobs, delicious parfaits or even pie pops, any dessert that uses strawberries, blueberries or raspberries calls my name at a summer party. The nice party about berry desserts is that they are perfect for any summer get together – small porch parties, outdoor barbeques or large birthday celebrations.
With my love of berries in mind, I created these yummy strawberry and blueberry cream cheese tarts. I’ll admit I did cheat a little too and used packaged graham cracker crusts. Always excited about sharing a time saver and it leaves more time to celebrate in the end!
To make 12 mini berry cheesecake tarts, you will need:
12 mini graham cracker pie tarts
1/2 cup sliced strawberries (sliced down the middle – if your strawberry is extra big, you might need to quarter it)
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whipping cream
Beat the cream cheese until light an fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla extract until well blended. It will look like the mixture above and taste heavenly.
Beat the whipping cream in a separate bowl. I like to use a hand mixer to make my whipped cream for two reasons… 1. I get less distracted. If I use the stand mixer, I tend to walk away to help a little person. When I finally return, my whipped cream has turned to butter. 2. Good workout. Since I’m about to eat this heavenly dessert, I might as well burn some calories in the process.
One last tip… use a metal bowl and chill it for a few minutes before starting. I find the consistency of the whipped cream is better, especially when working in a kitchen during the summer months.
Add your whipped cream mixture to your cream cheese mixture. Combine completely. Lay out your graham cracker crusts to prepare for filling.
Fill your graham cracker crusts with the cream cheese mixture. Press down with a spoon if any tries to escape.
Carefully add the blueberries or strawberries (or you could mix the berries if you wanted to get even fancier or were hosting a patriotic themed party!). It’s important that your fruit is completely dry before adding. With the strawberries, try to keep the outside of the berry facing up. It’s a better surface for adding the next step.
Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. I recommend doing this step right before serving your tarts so that the powdered sugar stays. If you have kids like mine, they will just keep requesting more powdered sugar until they can see it, which defeats the idea of a “sprinkling”.
These tarts are the perfect addition to any summer celebration – especially a strawberry or blueberry themed party. They are easy, no bake (so you don’t have to heat the kitchen up) and look like you spent hours on them. What’s not to love!
And, of course, this dessert didn’t come completely out of thin air. It was inspired by our strawberry watercolor invitations and blueberry watercolor invitations that are currently in the shop. If you are planning on throwing a strawberry or blueberry themed celebration, our watercolor strawberry and blueberry themed party sets are the perfect addition. Our blueberry designs, in particular, always make me want to take a vacation to Maine.
- 12 mini graham cracker pie tarts
- 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Add sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
- Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
- Combine the cream cheese mixture with the whipping cream.
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the mini graham cracker pie tarts.
- Carefully add the berries on top of the tarts. Chill the tarts until serving.
- Before serving, sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the tarts.