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Summer Fruit Shortbread Tartlets

By Yvette Marquez
Created January 10, 2017
Showcase summer’s splendid fruits by making these delicate and light fruit tartlets.
Summer Fruit Shortbread Tartlets

You’ve got to love a dessert that looks impressive, tastes unbelievable, but that’s actually quite simple to make. These juicy, sweet tartlets are exactly that. Baked, then filled with a creamy dulce de leche filling and topped with fresh strawberries and mangos, these little bites are ideal for a buffet or party, as you can fill a couple of hours before your guests arrive. (I have made these numerous times, especially for our cookbook signings!) 

The dulce de leche is the secret ingredient that sets these tarts apart. It’s a milky marvel from south of the border and literally translates to milk jam. Dulce de leche looks and feels a lot like caramel, but the flavors are more complex and the sweetness is less overwhelming. 

Here’s how to make them: 

Gather 3-inch tarts tins.

tart tins

Measure your dough ingredients.

dough ingredients

In a food processor, pulse flour, salt and sugar. Add cold butter and pulse several times. Add ice water slowly and pulse until dough holds together. Careful to not over-mix!

butter dry ingredients

Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

dough ball

Place tins on a cookie sheet.

tins on tray

Dice strawberries and mango.

fruit cut up

Combine strawberries, mangos, sugar and refrigerate.

fruit in bowl with sugar

On a floured surface, roll out the dough.

rolling out dough

Cut pastry dough slightly larger than tin.

cutting dough

Press crust onto bottom and up sides of pan and trim overhang.

trimming dough

Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake tartlets.

dough in tart pans

Place the cookie sheet on a wire rack to cool before removing tarts.

baked dough in tart tins

Gather your fillings.


Spread a dollop of dulce de leche.

spreading dulce de leche in pie crusts

Spoon strawberry and mango filling on each tart shell. For an added touch garnish with a mint leaf.

Rustic Tartlets Filled with Dulce de Leche, Strawberries and Mango