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Apple tarts for Christmas a flaky pastry cookie for the holiday season. Holiday baking recipe that are a delicious way to celebrate a classic favorite Christmas cookie.

Apple and Prune Tarts

A delicious flaky pastry cookie at Christmas time or any time of year. Apple tarts and prune tarts are so yummy! A treat I love to enjoy with coffee or milk. The recipe has been passed down from my 100% Finnish grandma, through my mom, and onto me. I keep our food tradition alive for my family. They are similar to a mini pie in a flaky pastry. Everyone who tastes these holiday treats falls in love with them. Add it to your favorite recipes, you will love it! A traditional holiday baking favorite.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 7 minutes
Course Breakfast or Snack, Christmas Treat
Cuisine Finnish
Servings 20 servings


  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream whip until stiff with a mixer
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups fruit pie filling I used apple and prune. Other tasty choices are strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry.


  • Whip the cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (if you whip too long it will separate and you will have made butter, check out my blog post on making homemade butter).
  • Gently stir in the dry ingredients into the cream. Mix with a mixer until blended, or hand stir. Stir in the butter (soft). Chill in the fridge for several hours.
  • Set the dough out to soften a bit so it can be rolled out with a rolling pin. Roll out a thin layer of dough over a lightly floured surface. Make sure there is a layer of flour under dough each time you roll it out to prevent the dough from sticking.
    Christmas tarts roll out dough in a thin layer with a rolling pin
  • Score the dough into 2-3 inch squares with a knife.
    Christmas tarts cut dough into squares with a knife
  • Make a one inch cut on each corner of the squares.
  • Add about 3/4 - 1 tsp of fruit filling to the middle of each square.
    Apple and prune tarts Christmas cookies add filling to center of dough squares
  • Fold the tart by folding in every other point. So as you go around the tart, fold in every other point into the center of the tart to make the star shape.
    Apple and prune tarts fold in every other corner of dough to center of tart
  • Pinch dough points in center together very HARD, and then slightly knead tips together or it will pop open during baking. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place cookies on pan about 1 1/2 inches apart.
    Apple and prune tarts for Christmas pinch all corners together in the center of tart
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes depending on dough thickness. Swiftly remove the tarts if points turn brown and remove them immediately from pan with a spatula. WATCH the tarts closely and try to remove before tips turn brown, a little golden is okay. You can check the bottoms and if they are golden, it is done.
    Apple tarts a flaky pastry cookie for Christmas. A Finnish holiday cookie recipe, flaky pastry and apple pie filling. Holiday baking recipes for the holiday season and dessert table.


Homemade Prune Filling, My Grandma's Recipe

  • 1 pound prunes, may need to grind up
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cook prunes until soft. Drain. Press through a wire strainer or puree in a food processor with lemon juice and sugar.


Enjoy tarts within about 5-6 days or refrigerate for a longer shelf life.

Homemade Butter:

Once I mixed the whipping cream too long and made butter. How to make easy homemade butter
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