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Shortbread Tarts with Cream Filling Recipe

No Bake Cheesecake Filling: In your food processor or electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Add the condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract, and process just until smooth. Transfer the filling to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least eight hours, or preferably overnight. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

Shortbread Tarts: Lightly butter, or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, 48 miniature muffin tins (approximately 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter).

In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat, on medium speed, until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl as needed. Add the flour, cornstarch, and salt and mix just until incorporated. If the shortbread dough is too soft to roll into balls, cover and refrigerate until firm (30-60 minutes).

Then take about 1 tablespoon of shortbread dough (about 15 grams) and roll it into a ball. Place in the center of each muffin tin. With your fingertips, press the dough onto the bottom and up the sides. Once filled, cover and place the tart pan, with the unbaked shells, in the freezer for about 15 minutes so the shortbread can become firm. (This will help to prevent the shortbread from puffing up during baking.)

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. About halfway through the baking time, if the shortbread has puffed up, lightly prick the center of each shortbread with the tines of a fork. Once they are fully baked, remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When completely cooled, remove the tarts from the pan. (They can be frozen.)

To serve: Using two small spoons, fill the tart shells with the cream filling. (Can also place the filling in a piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip.) The filled tart shells can be made several hours in advance and refrigerated. Just before serving top with fresh berries or other fruit.

Makes about 48 - 2 inch (5 cm) shortbread tarts.

No Bake Cheesecake Filling:

8 ounces (227 grams) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature

14 ounce can (396 grams) sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon (5 grams) freshly grated lemon zest

1/3 cup (80 ml/grams) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

Shortbread Tarts:

1 1/2 cups (340 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup (90 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups (295 grams) all purpose flour

1/3 cup (45 grams) cornstarch or rice flour

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

Garnish with berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries) or other fruit such as slices of kiwi.

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