No-Bake Cheese Tartlet

Need a dessert in a snap? Whip up these beautiful pastries using your homemade cream cheese.

by Claudia Lucero
PHOTO: Matthew Benson

I’m a sucker for French pastries, especially tarts covered in piles of juicy fruit. This is my simple, fresh version that you can whip up in 5 minutes. Adjust the sweetness in the crust and filling to taste and change out the fruit depending on what’s at the farmers’ market.

Yield: 2 4-inch tartlets


  • 2 tablespoons honey or real maple syrup
  • 1 cup Fromage Facile
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted almonds
  • 1/4 cup juicy medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup total berries, chopped melon, peaches, and/or plums
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade or honey (optional, for shiny fruit)



Mix honey or real maple syrup with Fromage Facile. Then  fancy it up with any spices you enjoy: cinnamon, nutmeg, et cetera.


Use a food processor to coarsely crush the almonds and 1/4 cup pitted medjool dates. The crust mix should appear crumbly but stay formed when squeezed. If necessary, add another date to help form the crust. Press crust evenly into two 4-inch pans. Spread cheese filling over the crusts.


Decorate the tarts with fruit and dot them with the marmalade or honey.

Your tart is ready to eat right away—or chill it for half an hour so that it slices neatly.

Recipe excerpted from One-Hour Cheese (2014) with permission of Workman Publishing.

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