Six strawberry cheesecake puff pastry tarts on a white serving tray with strawberries on the tray and a strawberry tea towel in the background. There is also a pink heart shaped dish with strawberries in it.

Love You More Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts

4.8 from 5 votes

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The month of love has officially arrived and I wanted to share something really cute that would be easy to make for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day! I was thinking about my tiramisu puffs and how pretty those were and I had an idea to do something similar with jam on top. I decided my sweetened cream cheese filling that I’ve used on these conversation hearts and this puff pastry braid would be the perfect pairing.

I thought a lot about how to make sure that the cream cheese filling didn’t leak out while baking. I considered pressing the edges with a fork, but I decided not to and thankfully, the egg wash between each layer ended up working as I had hoped it would to keep all of the layers together.

I had cream cheese frosting leftover from this recipe and thought it would be nice to use for the hearts on top. If you don’t have any frosting on hand, you could use some of the cream cheese filling and a piping bag. You could also skip the tiny hearts and add a little dollop of whipped cream on top!

I love a dessert that looks fancy, but is actually not difficult to make. The hardest part for me was piping on the little frosting hearts. I was nervous that I’d somehow ruin the entire thing if I didn’t get them perfect, but I really like how each heart is unique. I think the variety in the little hearts makes these tarts so adorable!

I hope that you love these! They were well-loved in my house and have already been requested again.

As seen on instagram here.

Love You More Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts

Recipe by Sarah
4.8 from 5 votes
Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

17

minutes
Calories

247

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

2

minutes

These little tarts are delicious and could not be cuter! The strawberry jam on top with the little cream cheese frosting heart make them perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (I used Jus Rol brand for this)

  • 2 oz cream cheese (room temp/softened)

  • 2 tbsp powdered (confectioners) sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon sugar

  • 1/2 tsp powdered sugar for dusting

  • 6 tbsp strawberry jam

  • 1 1/2 tsp frosting for hearts

Directions

  • Make the sweetened cream cheese filling. Combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Mix well with a fork until smooth. You want to make sure there aren’t any lumps of powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • Add 6 tbsp of strawberry jam to a small microwave-safe bowl and set aside.
  • Beat one egg and grab your pastry brush so the egg wash is ready.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, set a rack in the center of the oven, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour a pastry board and lay out your puff pastry. I used Jus Rol brand for this because it’s refrigerated and I find it easier to work with than frozen puff pastry. If you are using frozen puff pastry, set it on the counter first for about 30 mins so that it’s pliable, but still cold. You want to be able to unfold it without cracking the folds.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the puff pastry out so that it’s all even in thickness.
  • Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut as many hearts from the sheet of puff pastry as you can. I used a cutter that was 3 inches wide and cut twenty hearts. You need three hearts for each tart, so ideally I wish I could have fit twenty-one, but I wasn’t able to. Twenty hearts cut from puff pastry on a wooden pastry board with a silver heart cutter.
  • You’ll be making six tarts. Each will have two full heart layers and then a top layer that has the center cut out. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter that’s 1 3/4 inches wide and removed the center from six hearts.Puff pastry cut into heart shapes on a wooden pastry board.
  • Set up a little assembly line with everything you need for each tart lined up. Two full hearts and one that has the center cut out.Puff pastry cut into heart shapes on a wooden pastry board.
  • Add 1 tsp of the sweetened cream cheese filling to six of the full hearts. This is your bottom layer. I was conservative with the cream cheese filling because I didn’t want it to leak out. I think you could probably add 1-2 tsp and be fine. Lightly brush the outer edges of the hearts with egg wash. This will help your second layer stick.Puff pastry hearts with sweet cream cheese filling on a wooden pastry board.
  • Lay the second heart layer carefully over the cream cheese and lightly press the outer edges of the hearts to seal them together. Then brush again with egg wash.Puff pastry hearts with sweet cream cheese filling inside on a wooden pastry board.
  • Now add the last layer, this is the one with the center cut out.Puff pastry hearts with sweet cream cheese filling inside on a wooden pastry board.
  • Arrange your six tarts on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.Six puff pastry hearts with sweet cream cheese filling inside on a rimmed baking sheet lined with brown parchment paper.
  • Lightly brush with egg wash and sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon sugar.Six puff pastry hearts with sweet cream cheese filling inside on a rimmed baking sheet lined with brown parchment paper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and puffy. Mine took 17 mins. They will look like this when done. If you notice any sides that come out taller, just gently press them down to even them out.Six puff pastry tarts golden brown and fresh from the oven on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Use a spoon to gentry press the very center of each tart so the strawberry jam has a good place to sit. Then lightly dust with powdered sugar.Six puff pastry tarts with a dusting of powdered sugar, on brown parchment paper.
  • Place the bowl of strawberry jam into the microwave for 30 seconds, or put it into a small sauce pan and heat on the stove. You don’t need it hot, you just want it warmed so that it’s easier to spoon evenly into the indents on the top of the tarts. Add 1 tbsp of strawberry jam to each tart. Be careful to keep it in the indent and try not to spill it over on the sides.Puff pastry tarts with strawberry jam on top on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Arrange on a serving tray and add the frosting hearts. I used a piping bag with a really small tip and piped the hearts on with some extra cream cheese frosting that I had from another recipe. I piped the hearts on by making two upside down tear drops and meeting them at the bottom. I used a toothpick to perfect the heart shapes.Six strawberry cheesecake puff pastry tarts on a white serving tray with strawberries on the tray and a strawberry tea towel in the background.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • If you don’t have any frosting on hand, you can use leftover cream cheese filling to pipe on the little hearts.
  • I don’t like to waste, so I baked off the extra hearts and puff pastry scraps. I rolled the scraps back out and cut them into hearts until there wasn’t any left. You can add any leftover filling to these or sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon sugar. My kids love the little extras that I bake from the scraps. Just be sure to let your main baking sheet bake first and then bake your scrap sheet after.
  • Remember that the key to puff pastry is that it gets into the oven when it’s still cold to the touch. This means you have to work rather quickly. That’s why I suggest getting everything ready first so that once you have your puff pastry out, you are working efficiently to assemble the tarts and bake them.

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