Strawberry tarts in a jiffy

February 21, 2010  •  Category:

Let’s face it: All of us foodies like to make things from scratch, believing strongly that this is the only way that food will taste its best. No argument there. However, there are times when this is just not possible. Life gets in the way; appointments, traffic, bad plumbing, cat had a accident in the living room, you name it.  People are going to show up to your house and expect to be fed something.

Here’s my suggestion: Grab a package of your favorite cookies, the kind that come with a frosting in the middle. Grab your favorite jar of jelly or preserves. Grab a basket of strawberries. Make mini-tarts. Ten minutes to make a dozen. End of story.


  • 1 package of cream-filled cookies (half of a package is enough)
  • 1 basket of strawberries
  • 1 jar of your favorite jam or jelly (berry)


  1. Core the strawberries after rinsing them. Place on some paper towels and dry them as much as possible.
  2. Open the cookies and place on a work surface, using only the ones with the cream. Store the other halves for consumption later.
  3. Pour some jelly in a small pyrex bowl. Microwave for a few seconds to melt the jelly. If it has bits of fruits in it, strain the jelly to remove the fruits. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of liqueur or water to the jelly and stir rapidly to mix. If needed, microwave again for a few seconds to get it liquid and easy to apply onto the fruit.
  4. Apply the jelly on the entire surface of each strawberry with a brush or the back of a small spoon.
  5. Cut the bottoms of each fruit with a sharp knife. Place the strawberry on the cookie and place the cut up ends all around the fruit, coating it some more with jelly if needed.
  6. Serve right away or keep refrigerated for a few hours.



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  1. Rosa says:

    A great idea!



  2. Sushma Mallya says:

    simple but really yummy …beautiful tarts too

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipe says:

    Would want to try some of them! Look so summery and strawberry~!

  4. Juanita says:

    Great “fast food” idea 🙂

  5. Doria says:

    Ces petites mignardises sont superbes et très gourmandes !
    J’aime beaucoup tes photos !
    Je te souhaite une belle soirée,
    Bisous, Doria

  6. spice says:

    Nice & easy….no doubt tasty too…

  7. PJ says:

    When I saw the first pic I expected a lengthy procedure but u made it sound soo simple.It loods so yum.Am surely going to try this today..

  8. Michelle says:

    OH yes we all into those binds when there just is no time to fuss. A friend of mine took Gummy Bears as her dessert contribution to a holiday dinner. I think I might do that next year. LOL! Gorgeous photos!

  9. mylittleexpatkitchen says:

    You’re so right about foodies always wanting to make everything from scratch. That’s kind of an obsession of mine. Still, there are times when you just can’t do it. Love this idea of yours. These must be yummy!

  10. TastyTrix says:

    This is such a good idea, plus people will think you made the cookies and there’s NO reason to disillusion them, is there?

  11. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    I’m not a fan of jam in general but this is a great idea. I agree that one just doesn’t have time all the time to make everything from scratch. I do, these days, but I can also be very tired and not have the energy to go buy extra ingredients to enable this…or something!

  12. peter says:

    I have no problem with this kind of shortcut, the results speak for themselves. I draw the line at canned potatoes or mushrooms!

  13. Faith says:

    What a brilliant idea! These little tarts are so pretty…the perfect solution for a sweet tooth on a busy night! 🙂

  14. 5 Star Foodie says:

    An excellent idea – my daughter would love to both make & eat these!

  15. Julie says:

    Même avec le minimum de temps et d’ingrédients, tu nous sors une merveille de ton chapeau, et pour ça, je te tire le mien (de chapeau ;)).
    Je peux te poser une question : tu utilises quoi comme matériel pour tes photos?

    Bonne journée et gros bisous!

    • Joumana says:

      Bonjour Julie; je dois t’avouer que j’ai encore beaucoup a apprendre en ce qui concerne la photo! Mais voilà! j’utilise une bonne caméra, refilée par mon fils Canon Rebel XTI, que je mets sur le mode M (Manual) et je prends toujours les photos sur un trépied. Ensuite, j’ai un écran blanc que je place derrière pour que les photos aient un fond blanc ou clair. C’est tout pour l’instant! Bisous. Joumana

  16. Alépine says:

    Idée à conserver ! J’ai envie de croquer dans tes tartelettes, très belles photos !

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