Mini Jam Tarts

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If you feel like treating your family to something scrumptious, look no further! This jam tart recipe is truly something that is sure to satisfy!

And it isn’t super complicated to make. 🫶

variety of mini jam tarts on a white serving platter.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • KID FRIENDLY – This recipe is sure to please the entire the family! Customize it to your favorite jam flavors so you’re sure to satisfy all tastes!
  • EASY – Using a food processor or pastry cutter, this recipe is super simple to put together and only takes 20 minutes to bake!
  • INEXPENSIVE – With only a handful of simple ingredients, this recipe is super budget friendly. These tarts even make a delicious homemade gift for loved ones or during the holidays.
closeup of the mini jam tarts on a white plate.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list in printable recipe card below.

Ingredients

Just a handful of basic pantry staples are needed for this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • butter — Kerrygold is exceptionally good in this recipe and gives the best flavor! It is my most favorite butter to bake with and I definitely recommend!  
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cold water
  • jam – use your favorite! Some of our favorites are strawberry jam, cherry preserves, raspberry, and peach preserves. We’ve even tested this recipe with apple butter (a kid favorite over here!  We especially love to use homemade canned fruit preserves, and one of our favorites is this peach preserve recipe.
  • powdered sugar for dusting
ingredients for the mini jam tarts in small glass bowls.

Tools you’ll need:

You don’t need anything super complicated to make these delicious tarts. But these tools will make the job a bit easier. 

Instructions

Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add water and blend until a ball is formed. 

Wrap the pastry dough ball tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 30-40 minutes.

food processor with flour and dry ingredients. The sticks of butter are to the side.
cutting the butter into the flour inside of the food processor.
pastry dough ball inside of the food processor.

Grease the muffin cups (use 2 muffin pans that hold 12 each or work in batches).

Roll the pastry out thin on a lightly floured surface. And cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter handy, you can also use a cookie cutter or mason jar ring if needed.

You should have 24 when finished cutting out. Place each cut out round dough piece inside of a muffin cup. 

filling the muffin tins with the pastry dough.
jam tart pastry filled inside of a muffin pan.
jam filled inside of the tart pastry.

Fill the tarts with approximately 2 teaspoons of jam to each cup.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the tarts from muffin pan and allow the tarts to cool on a wire rack.

baked jam tarts inside of the muffin tin.
jam tarts cooling on the wire rack.
jam tarts lightly dusted with powdered sugar.

Use a sieve or sifter and sprinkle with a light layer of powdered sugar. 

Enjoy!

How to store leftover tarts

Store leftover tarts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. 

These tarts make an excellent gift for friends, neighbors, or during the holidays! We love these mini treat boxes tied up with pretty ribbons for all occasions.

FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What pastry is jam tarts made from?

Tart crust or pastry is typically made from a simple shortcrust recipe. They resemble a simple fruit pie.

Is tart dough the same as pie dough?

They are similar, but a tad different. The main differences are that tarts only have a bottom crust and are a bit thicker than a pie crust.

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variety of mini jam tarts spread on countertop.

Jam Tart Recipe

These delicious jam tarts are just like serving small pies or pastries & make a flavorful treat to your next gathering, or to serve to your family after dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving Size 24 tarts

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to combine. Cut up the butter into large chucks and add the butter to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the cold water and blend until a dough ball is formed. 
  • Wrap the pastry dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate the pastry dough until well chilled, at least 30-40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease 24 muffin cups (use 2 muffin pans that hold 12 each or work in batches).
  • Dust countertop lightly with flour. Roll the pastry out thin and cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter. You can also use a cookie cutter or mason jar ring if needed. You should have 24 pastry rounds when finished cutting them out.
  • Place each cut out round dough piece inside of a muffin cup. Fill the tarts with approximately 2 teaspoons of desired jam to each of the cups.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Allow the tarts to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled use a sieve or sifter and sprinkle with a light layer of powdered sugar. 
  • Serve & enjoy!

Notes

Kerrygold is exceptionally good in this recipe and gives the best flavor! It is my most favorite butter to bake with and I definitely recommend!  
This recipe is flexible and you can use your favorite jam! Some of our favorites are strawberry jam, cherry preserves, raspberry, and peach preserves. We’ve even tested this recipe with apple butter (a kid favorite over here!)

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