Serve our Reindeer Cherry Cheesecake Tarts while your favorite holiday movie plays. These cherry cheesecake tarts are extra cute and extra tasty.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 12 servings
1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen sweet cherries, thawed, juice reserved and divided
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
2 pkg. (4 oz. each) mini graham cracker pie crusts (12 crusts)
24 miniature pretzel twists
2 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
24 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 maraschino cherries, well drained
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Let's Make It
Add enough water to reserved cherry juice to measure 1/2 cup; pour into medium saucepan. Add 1/2 cup sugar, dry gelatin mix and cornstarch; mix well. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cook and stir 2 min. Cool 20 min.
Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Stir in 1/4 cup COOL WHIP; spread onto bottoms of pie crusts. Top with sweet cherries and gelatin glaze. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Meanwhile, use fork to dip pretzels, 1 at a time, into chocolate; holding pretzel over bowl, gently shake off excess chocolate. Place pretzels on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate 15 min. or until ready to use.
Decorate tops of tarts with pretzels and remaining ingredients to resemble reindeer as shown in photo.
Since this festive cheesecake makes 12 servings, it is the perfect dessert to serve at your next party.
Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
If preparing with large cherries, cut them in half before using as directed.
Storing Cream Cheese Desserts
Desserts containing cream cheese, whether baked or unbaked, should be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 37g
Dietary Fiber 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.