Must-Try Mini Pies and Tarts

Great things often come in small packages and that’s the case with these mini pies and tarts. Add them to your holiday dessert buffet, or just enjoy one as a perfectly portioned dessert.

  • Spiced Apple Two-Bite Tarts
    Photo: Andrew Purcell; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Spiced Apple Two-Bite Tarts

    The nutty pastry is absolutely delicious, like pecan shortbread, and makes a delicious base for the spiced apple filling. The crème fraîche dollop is more than just a pretty garnish; its rich, tangy flavor makes these sublime.
  • Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts

    Pecan-Raisin Mini Tarts

    Fill mini phyllo tart shells with a mixture that resembles pecan pie filling. Top with whipped cream and grated nutmeg for a simply stunning holiday treat.
  • Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pies
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pies

    These dreamy little pies are a chocolate-lovers delight. Serve these indulgent treats at your holiday gathering, family reunion, or girls' night in.
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    John Kernick

    Mini Raspberry Tarts

    Refrigerated sugar cookie dough is the base for these petite tarts, filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with fresh raspberries.
  • Mini Cherry Pies
    Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes

    Mini Cherry Pies

    These budget-friendly beauties are the perfect dessert solution. Mini pies take the effort out of cutting and serving pie, making them ideal for buffet spreads.
  • Lemon Tarts
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Lemon Tarts

    Zesty Lemon Tarts are adorable and easy to eat, especially when you're craving just a bite of something sweet. Plus, they cost just 25¢ a serving!
  • Mini Fruit Tartlets
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Mini Fruit Tartlets

    Like a tiny version of fruit pizza, Mini Fruit Tartlets are a simple, figure-flattering way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Lemon-Almond Tarts
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Lemon Almond Tarts

    If you don't have mini tart pans, make this dessert in a (9-inch) tart pan; the results will be just as delicious.
  • Baklava Tartlets
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Baklava Tartlets

    Instead of layering the honey and nut mixture between buttery layers of phyllo dough as you would do when making traditional baklava, here you spoon the mixture into mini phyllo tart shells.
  • Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

    Cram all the amazing flavor of pecan pie into these bite-sized treats that are perfect for parties and gift-giving alike.
  • Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies

    Homemade pastry crusts, creamy lemon filling, strawberry topping, and vanilla cream are the components of these mini pies. Another option is to bake one large "Mega Pie" instead.
  • Dulce de Leche Tartlets
    Oxmoor House

    Dulce de Leche Tartlets

    Looking for a quick dessert that's ideal for a weeknight potluck or party? These petite tarts are the answer. With just the right amount of crunch from the candy bar pieces to complement the rich, smooth dulce de leche filling, they'll disappear fast!
  • Mocha Cream Pie

    Mocha Cream Pie

    Impress guests by serving individual pies to each dinner guest or couple at the table. Make the heavenly crust by crumbling chocolate cookie sandwiches and combining with a little butter, for good measure.
  • Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake Tartlets
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake Tartlets

    Treat yourself to this bite-size dessert featuring coffee-flavored chocolate cheesecake in a mini phyllo shell. Easy pick-up desserts like this one are perfect for entertaining, so you may want to double the recipe.
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets

    We used a 2 1/2- x 3-inch fluted rectangular cookie cutter to cut the dough for these adorable tarts. You can also cut them by hand or use a round cutter. Serve for breakfast, dessert, or as a sweet snack.
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    Mini Fruit Galettes

    If you're thowing a last-minute cocktail party, grab a few grocery store items and dress up these Mini Fruit Galettes.
  • Coconut Tartlets with Poached Pineapple and Mascarpone Cream
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Coconut Tartlets with Poached Pineapple

    Refreshing and bright, with the tropical flair of pineapple and coconut, these little tarts are a fun departure from typical desserts.
  • Tiny Caramel Tarts
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Tiny Caramel Tarts

    Add a festive touch! Just before serving, sprinkle tarts with finely chopped chocolate, crystallized ginger, toffee, or Buttered Pecans.
  • Apple-Cranberry Mince Tartlets
    David Prince

    Apple-Cranberry Mince Tartlets

    Apples, cranberries, dates, honey, and spices make up the mince for these individual tartlets. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  • Strawberry-Fromage Blanc Tartlets
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Strawberry-Fromage Blanc Tartlets

    You can make these delicious little sweets without their toppings up to a day ahead and reheat them in the oven before serving. Fromage blanc is a soft, mild, fresh cream cheese.
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlets
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlets

    Jarred chocolate-hazelnut spread is the filling for these tiny tartlets. You could also use the homemade tartlet shells as a base for any fillings--savory or sweet--that you desire.
  • Mini Apple Pies
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Gerri Williams

    Mini Apple Pies

    These Mini Apple Pies taste as tasty as they are cute. Add a dollop of whipped cream for a festive touch.
  • Townies
    Photo: Elizabeth Branch


    Townies are all the things you love about brownies, except they're baked in tiny tart shells to create a fun, sweet-and-salty treat.
  • Chocolate-Banana Cream Tartlets
    James Carrier

    Chocolate-Banana Cream Tartlets

    Individual tartlets are ideal for entertaining and this recipe is like an elegant version of a banana cream pie with a sweet chocolate crust.
  • Summer Berry Tartlets
    Oxmoor House

    Summer Berry Tartlets

    The choice of berry is yours for these tasty bite-sized treats. We loved them with both blackberries and raspberries.

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