These cherry pie tarts were inspired by two treats I really enjoyed in my childhood years. First, there were Pop Tarts. Frosted or plain, I didn’t care, I loved them all. I’m not sure if they ever constituted “breakfast” in my house or if they were more of a dessert, but I do remember eating them with some regularity.
Then there were the little apple pies and cherry pies at McDonald’s. Those were the perfect ending to a Happy Meal in my youth. It’s been decades since I’ve eaten either of these treats, and I wanted to create a healthier version.
As soon as I finished making these cherry pie tarts and I took them out of the oven, I knew I would burn my tongue sampling one. It’s been so long, I just couldn’t wait. The simple filling is made with fresh cherries and a little maple syrup, but you could also use jam or melted chocolate chips for the filling. Any pie crust recipe should work for these tarts, but I love this vegan, coconut oil-based crust (adapted from Food52). You can substitute butter for the coconut oil and gluten-free flour for the whole wheat flour if needed.
Cherry Pie Tarts Price Breakdown
This recipe makes 12 tarts and costs a total of $8.34 to make, or $.70 each. These cherry pie tarts are a delicious, healthy alternative to store-bought toaster pastries.