Apple and Prune Tarts: a Flaky Pastry Star-shaped Cookie for the Holidays
Apple and prune tarts are so delicious! A delicate flaky pastry cookie for the holiday season:) I make this flaky tart for Christmas every year just as my mom did and my grandma before her. My grandma was born in Finland and she brought her food tradition of tart making with her to America. My family has made this recipe for years because it is so good! It’s a family favorite!
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This recipe uses only five ingredients plus whatever fruit filling is chosen.
A Baking Tradition
Baking often is tied to keeping a tradition alive. Food memories are the best! My grandma was 100% Finnish and she was actually born in Finland. This is her recipe passed down to me through my mom. My mother carried on the tradition of making these pastry Christmas treats for my dad once his mother passed away. This delicate flaky pastry cookie is a favorite food memory for my dad as well because he gets to eat a favorite cookie his mother made years ago.
I continue this tradition of making fruit-filled tarts in memory of my grandma and my mom. Now my own three children and my husband love these yummy tarts as well and it’s a tradition in my own family.
My mom and grandma always made prune tarts but I changed it up and tried different fruit pie fillings. This year I made apple and prune tarts. However, in previous years, I’ve used strawberry pie filling, raspberry, apple, or blackberry jelly. I’ve found pie filling works the best because jelly starts to leak out onto the pan during baking. Apple is a favorite flavor of tart for my own family and I continue the prune tarts mainly for my dad. Prune filling can be made (see the end of this post for my grandma’s original prune filling recipe) or buy it in a can at the grocery store in the pie filling can section.
When I use apple pie filling, I cut the apples in half or thirds before adding them to the center of the tars. This makes the apples fit better in the tarts.
Tarts for Christmas and the Holiday Season!
Aren’t these tarts so much fun! I love the star shape. These flaky morsels are super yummy with coffee or milk. They would be great any time of year, but for me, enjoying them during the holidays is the best way to savor them.
Ingredients to Make These Christmas Tarts
The ingredients needed to make these tarts include the following:
- 1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 1/2 c. white flour
- 1 c. soft or melted butter
- 2 c. pie filling (your favorite flavor here!)
How To Make the Apple and Prune Tarts
The first step is to whip the heavy whipping cream with a mixer until you see stiff peaks. Make sure you don’t whip it too long though, or you will make butter! (Making homemade butter is super fun, but save that for another day because today you are making tarts;)
Next, you will mix dry ingredients together: baking powder, salt, and white flour, and then stir.
Gently stir the dry ingredient mixture into the whipped cream.
Add the softened or melted butter and hand stir or mix in butter with a mixer.
Chill dough ball for several hours in the fridge in a plastic wrap.
Remove and let dough soften at room temp so you can roll it out with a rolling pin.
Roll out the dough in a thin layer on a floured surface.
Cut dough into squares.
Make a cut on each of the corners of each square.
Add 3/4 to 1 tsp. pie filling to the center of each tart.
Fold every other point in towards the center of the tart to make the star shape. Pinch all four pointed ends together to secure the star shape (or it might pop open during baking).
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 400° for 7-10 minutes until the bottoms are golden. Allow tarts to cool before storing in a sealed container.
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