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Thursday, June 2, 2011

♥ Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets ♥

* 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
* 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
* 1/3 cup lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* Fresh raspberries and mint sprigs, optional

* In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
* In another bowl, beat the butter, flour, confectioners' sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place in greased miniature muffin cups; press onto the bottom and up the sides. Prick with a fork.
* Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately run a knife around each tart to loosen completely. Cool in pans on wire racks.
* Pipe or spoon 1 tablespoon cheese filling into each tart shell. Cover and refrigerate until set. Just before serving, garnish with raspberries and mint if desired.

Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 tartlet equals 121 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

~~Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004~~

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