Black Forest Tartlets

Perfect for holiday parties, these diabetic-friendly mini desserts are filled with a great-tasting blend of pudding and dried cherries.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 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

  • 1 ¾ 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 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 1-3/4-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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
9g Fat
22g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 684IU 14%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 49mcg 12%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 9mg 2%
Potassium 135mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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