Friday, January 1, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Day 11 - Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts

if you do nothing else this weekend, you must try these tarts. they are so good. everyone loved them last night. they are gluten free. yay! and they are even mostly clean! double-yay!

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts
(makes 20 tarts)

1/3 c olivio butter, melted
1/4 c milled flax seed
1/4 c sucanat
1 c spelt flour

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

3 c strawberries, washed and chopped, divided
1/4 c agave nectar
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp lemon juice

preheat oven to 350.
mix crust ingredients together with your hands. fill a greased mini muffin tin with approximately 1 tsp of crust. press into bottom, making sure the crust comes up on the sides a bit. bake for 12-15 minutes.

meanwhile, make filling and topping. cream together filling ingredients until smooth. in a separate bowl for topping, combine 2 c chopped strawberries and rest of ingredients in a small saucepan and let simmer for 15 minutes. then, puree in a blender or with an immersion blender.

when crust comes out of the oven and has cooled, fill each cup with 1 tsp cream cheese filling and top cream cheese filling with 1/2 tsp strawberry topping. place 1/4 of a strawberry on top of each tarte.

chill for 3 hours in fridge, then enjoy! keep in airtight container in fridge.

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