Tart Cherry Hearts

A quick and simple sweet Valentine’s Day treat.

Looking for a fun way to shower the one you love with some sweet treats? Here’s a simple, few-step recipe for tart cherry heart-shaped pastries.

Using pie dough and a cookie cutter, you can stuff these pastries with a mixture of tangy cream cheese and tart Montmorency cherry filling. The two ingredients – like two people lovebirds  – are a perfect match, evoking indulgent flavors of cherry cheesecake

Then hearts are then topped off with even more tart cherry flavor with a powdered sugar cherry glaze! You can also celebrate the love this season with some other Boxcar Valentine’s Day classics:

Time You Need

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Baking: 25 minutes
  • Yields: ~6-7 Hearts

What You Need

  • 1 cup thawed tart (Montmorency) cherries, or canned in water
  • ½ cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 14-ounce box refrigerated pie dough (2 sheets), thawed if frozen
  • A heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Tart cherry glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup frozen tart cherries, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon milk

What You Do

  • Start by preheating the oven to 400.
  • In  a small mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, cherries, honey, and brown sugar. Using a fork to mix and mash the filling.
  • Unroll the packaged pie crusts, and cut out as many hearts as you can, then set on some parchment paper to the side.
  • Working on a lightly floured surface, a small spoonful of the cream cheese cherry filling in the very center of the heart, leaving room around the edges for sealing.
  • Then, lightly dip fingers into a small cup of water, and gently brush the borders of the heart with water.
  • Take another heart cutout and gently place over the filling of the first heart. Using a fork, gently press down the edges to seal. Use the fork or a small knife to poke tiny holes in the top of the heart.
  • Place heart on a  greased, parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the hearts.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until brown.
  • While baking, let’s quickly throw together our icing. Using a strainer, place the defrosted cherries in and press down over a bowl to extract juices. Then, add in the milk and stir. Finally, working with a little at a time, whisk in powdered sugar to form the icing.
  • Once the hearts our done baking, spread a thin layer over the hearts and serve!
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