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Black Forest Tartlets

  • 30 m
  • 55 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Perfect for holiday parties, these diabetic-friendly mini desserts are filled with a great-tasting blend of pudding and dried cherries.”


    • ⅓ cup 60 to 70% tub-style vegetable oil spread
    • ½ (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
    • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (see Tip)
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 4-serving-size package sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
    • 1¾ cups fat-free milk
    • ½ teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 tablespoons snipped dried tart cherries
    • 24 frozen, unsweetened tart red cherries, thawed and drained


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. For pastry dough, in a large bowl, combine vegetable oil spread, cream cheese, brown sugar and cocoa powder; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Stir in flour. Press a rounded teaspoon of the pastry dough evenly into the bottom and up the side of each of 24 ungreased 1- ¾-inch muffin cups.
  • 2 Bake about 15 minutes or until pastry is dry, evenly colored and set. Cool pastry in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer pastry cups to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine pudding mix, milk and almond extract. Whisk for 1 minute. Cover and chill about 5 minutes or until mixture sets up slightly. Transfer half of the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for another use. Fold dried cherries into the remaining mixture.
  • 4 Generously spoon or pipe cherry-pudding mixture into cooled pastry cups. To serve, top each tartlet with a tart cherry.
  • Tip: If using a sugar substitute, use Sweet'N Low(R) or Sugar Twin(R) Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount that's equivalent to 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 181 calories, 19 grams carbohydrate, 196 mg sodium. Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate. Carbohydrate choices: 1.
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