Almond & Pear Rose Tarts

These pretty little two-bite almond and pear tarts are perfect for party buffets, especially in the fall when pears are in season. Thinly slicing the pears lets you roll up the tarts more neatly, giving you a bakery-worthy presentation. If you have a mandoline, this is a good time to pull it out. Cold puff pastry is important to ensure you get irresistibly flaky results. Want to make this easy, healthy dessert gluten-free? Just swap in gluten-free puff pastry, found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. And don't forget to use an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend to roll it out!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
10 tarts


  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • 4 cups very thinly sliced red pears (2 medium)

  • All-purpose flour for dusting and rolling

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator

  • 3 tablespoons almond paste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

  2. Combine sugar, cardamom, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add pears and toss to coat.

  3. Dust a clean work surface with flour. Unfold the thawed, cold puff pastry and roll it out to a 10-inch square. Cut into 1-inch strips. Dust the surface again; roll almond paste into a 5-by-8-inch rectangle. Cut into 10 strips, 1/2 inch by 8 inches.

  4. Top each pastry strip with an almond strip and layer on pears lengthwise, leaving a 1-inch gap at each end. Starting at a short edge, gently tuck the overhanging pastry around the cut side of the pears and tightly roll up the pastry into a coil. Place in the prepared muffin tin. Place the tin in the freezer for 5 minutes.

  5. Bake the tarts until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat slightly before serving.

Equipment: Muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
11g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 tart
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 9IU 0%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 24mcg 6%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 7mg 2%
Potassium 57mg 1%

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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