Heart Tarts

Heart Tarts  are memorable treats that have always been enjoyed at our house  and they  are fun and simple to make.  Make them for Valentines Day!

Recipe:   (this is the same amount of dough for a 2 crust pie)

2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons + 2/3 cup butter or shortening (I use palm shortening)
1 egg
1 can cherry pie filling

In a bowl mix flour, salt, and sugar.  Cut in shortening until crumbly.  Sprinkle in 2-4 tablespoons of water,  Add just enough water so the dough forms and keeps together well.  You don’t want it wet and sticky just soft and pliable.  Roll out dough about 1/4 in thick.   Cut out as many hearts as you can with a heart cookie cutter.  You should get about 18 hearts.  You will need an even number of hearts, since it takes two per tart.  Plop 1-2 tablespoons of pie filling on one heart, then place another heart on top of it.  Using a fork seal the edges, that’s how you’ll get that pretty edge on them.  Once all the tarts are made, place them on an ungreased baking sheet.  Brush all the tarts with a beaten egg.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 min. or until golden.  1 recipe makes about 9 tarts.  Once tarts are baked and cooled, make a thick glaze using powder sugar and water to swirl across the tops (I put my glaze in a frosting bag so I can have good control of my glaze).