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Bite Sized Mini Cranberry Walnut Tarts

These Mini Cranberry Tarts will help you use up any leftover cranberry sauce from your Thanksgiving meal. They’re the perfect fall appetizer and take just 30 minutes to make!

mini cranberry tarts on a white plate.

Creating This Cranberry Tart Recipe

Baking is one of the things that I think everyone likes best about this time of year. There are so many treats to bake and so little time!

I promised when I shared my recipe for Cranberry Orange Relish that I’d share some leftover cranberry sauce recipes too.

These Mini Cranberry Tarts are the perfect little sweet treats to pop in your mouth and will help you use any leftover cranberry sauce that you may have. Or, you just might like them enough that you’ll have to make another batch of cranberry sauce to prepare them.

Mini Muffins pans, such as this Chicago Metallic 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan, are the perfect way to make mass quantities of mini tarts at once. Treats like this are so simple to prepare and that can be a nice thing this time of year when we’re all so busy with family and other Holiday activities.

Ingredients for Mini Cranberry Tarts

Not sure what to do with all that leftover cranberry sauce? Make these cranberry tarts! Here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe:

Seriously, that’s all you’ll need to make this simple cranberry appetizer!

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Mini Cranberry Tarts

This leftover cranberry sauce recipe is a breeze to make. I’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below, but here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Prepare the cranberry orange relish according to recipe instructions.
  2. Prepare the pie crust according to recipe instructions.
  3. Roll the crust into an 1/8-inch thick round.
  4. Using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut four dozen 3 – 3 1/2 inch circles.
  5. Grease a mini muffin pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Place each round into a muffin cup, pressing lightly to form to the shape of the cup.
  7. Place a heaping tablespoon of the cranberry orange relish in each dough-lined cup.
  8. Bake until the dough is lightly golden and the filling is hot.
  9. If desired, brush the edges of the crust with melted butter.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

How to Store Cranberry Tarts

The cranberry tarts can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to three days. Note that the crust will dry out over time.

Can Cranberry Tarts Be Frozen?

Yes! Once baked, let the tarts cool to room temperature. Then, seal inside a freezer bag or a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

When you’re ready to eat the tarts, set them on the counter to thaw (they thaw out quickly).

Can This Recipe Be Prepared in Advance?

Once baked, the tarts are best eaten right away. However, both the cranberry sauce and the pie crust can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator prior to assembling and baking the tarts.

Tips for Making Mini Cranberry Tarts

  • Use any round object you have to cut out the mini tarts (the lip of a jar, lids, etc.). I prefer to use small biscuit cutters.
  • If desired, you can use a Mini Tart Shaper to help shape the dough.
  • I used homemade pie crust and cranberry sauce to make this recipe, but you’re welcome to use store-bought alternatives if that’s easier for you.

More Leftover Cranberry Sauce Recipes:

Be sure to check out my Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers! You’ll find a great selection of recipes that can be made using your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, ham, and cranberry sauce.

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches are a great way to use up leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and rolls!

Whipped Cranberry Butter is a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving! My family loves this on toast, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato rolls!

Stir some leftover Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Relish into real Maple Syrup to make Cranberry Orange Maple Syrup. This tastes great on homemade waffles!

Stir some leftover cranberry sauce into plain yogurt for some Cranberry Yogurt! You can layer it in a glass with granola for a special breakfast treat!

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Bite-Sized Mini Cranberry Walnut Tarts

Bite-Sized Mini Cranberry Walnut Tarts

Yield: 48 bite sized tarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Bite-Sized Mini Cranberry Walnut Tarts are the perfect little sweet treats to pop in your mouth and will help you use any leftover cranberry sauce that you may have.

Instructions

For the Filling:

  1. Prepare the cranberry orange walnut relish according to recipe instructions. Get the recipe at the following link: Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish.

For the Crust:

  1. Prepare the pie crust according to recipe instructions. Get the recipe at the following link: Perfect All Butter Pie Crust.
  2. Roll the crust into an 1/8 inch thick round. Using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut four dozen 3 - 3 1/2 inch circles.
  3. Grease a mini muffin pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  4. You will need 48 total muffin cups (unless you half the recipe). Place each round in a muffin cup, pressing lightly to form to the shape of the cup.
  5. If desired, use a Mini Tart Shaper to help shape the dough.
  6. Place a heaping tablespoon of the cranberry orange walnut relish in each dough-lined cup. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is lightly golden and the filling is hot.
  7. If desired, brush the edges of the crust with melted butter.

Notes

Both the cranberry sauce and the pie crust can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator prior to preparation and baking.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 48 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 10Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g

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