How to Make Miniature Tart Shells or Tartlets

Mini tart shells
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  • 01 of 05

    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step One - Make the Dough

    2009 Miniature Tart Shells - Step One - Making Dough Photo by C.Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step One - Making Dough Photo. 2009 Miniature Tart Shells - Step One - Making Dough Photo by C.Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Make your mini tart shells with 1/2 cup softened butter, 3 ounces cream cheese also soft and 1-cup flour. Mix together to form a ball. Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.

    Miniature Tart Crust Recipe, in standard form

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  • 02 of 05

    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step Two - Balls of Dough

    2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells - Dough Balls Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step Two - Balls of Dough. 2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells - Dough Balls Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    In an non-greased 24-cup miniature muffin tin, place 2-inch ball of dough. Shape into tarts with your fingers.

    Miniature Tart Crust Recipe, in standard form

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    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step Three - Using Your Thumb

    2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Your Thumb Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Your Thumb Photo. 2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Your Thumb Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. or 325 degrees F for a dark pan.

    There are gadgets that can be used to form the dough into tarts. I prefer to just use my thumbs and fingers. In this step, use your thumb to push down on the dough balls, making an indentation.

    Miniature Tart Crust Recipe, in standard form

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    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step Four - Using Your Fingers

    2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Middle Finger Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About
    Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Your Middle Finger. 2009 Making Miniature Tart Shells Using Middle Finger Photo by C. Pellegrinelli, licensed to About

    At this point, you can continue to use your thumb to shape the rest of the tart shell. For it to work best, you must rotate the pan. For me, it was just easier to use my middle finger to finish shaping the tarts.

    Miniature Tart Crust Recipe, in standard form

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    How to Make Miniature Tart Shells - Step Five - Finished Tart Shells

    2009 Empty Shells Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Empty Tart Shells. 2009 Empty Shells Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    This is how your tart shells should look in the pan. At this point, the tarts can be baked unfilled for 5 to 10 minutes or follow your recipe to fill the tarts.

    Miniature Tart Crust Recipe, in standard form