Small Batch Desserts are Perfect for Whipping Up When You’re in a Pinch!

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Need small batch desserts to whip up when you’re craving something sweet or suddenly having company over? Give these creamy jam tarts a shot!

Small batch desserts and small batch baking. What are they? This basically means using half the amount of ingredients that you would normally use for a traditional recipe.

This recipe came about from the need to use up leftover items from a previous bake. I had a sheet of puff pastry and half a block of cream cheese in the refrigerator that needed to be used before my mini vacation to San Luis Obispo this weekend. Plus, I was in the mood for something sweet that wasn’t going to take a lot of effort, dishes and ingredients. These bite-sized treats were just the that!

I used a black currant jam to top off the cream cheese center but feel free to use any kind. My favorite part of assembling these was making tiny “bowls” out of the circles of puff pastry that I cut out. Ok, maybe that the was my second favorite part because we all know my favorite part was eating them! Below, I’ve linked the metal cookie cutter set that I used.

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Looking for another small batch dessert to make? Check out The Best PB and Avocado Gluten Free Brownies

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Small Batch Creamy Jam Tarts

Need small batch desserts to whip up when you're craving something sweet or suddenly having company over? Give these creamy jam tarts a shot!
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Prep Time:12 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Bake time before adding toppings:12 minutes
Total Time:39 minutes
Servings: 9


  • 12 cup muffin pan


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 9 tsp of your favorite jam or jelly


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 out of the 12 cups in your muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place puff pastry sheet on a piece of parchment paper. After you have let your puff pastry sheet thaw for a few minutes, cut out 9, 2 1/2 inch circles. I used a metal cookie cutter for this step.
  • Gently form a small bowl-like shape with each circle and then place into the muffin pan. Bake the 9, puff pastry "bowls" for 12 minutes at 350°F. While these are baking, start preparing your cream cheese mixture.
  • In your stand mixer, combine your cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. After removing muffin pan from the oven, spoon cream cheese mix into each small bowl. Add about a teaspoon amount of your favorite jam to the center of the cream cheese portion. Bake for another 15 minutes at 350°F.
  • Once puff pastry tarts have cooled in the muffin pan for a few minutes, gently remove them from pan. I did this by pushing down on one end of the tart with a spoon and lifting it out by the side that was sticking up.

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