Mixed Berry and Praline Pecan Cookie Tart

It’s Sunday and I’m flat-out with piercing back pain.  I can stand or lie down but if I sit?  Oooeee!  Good thing I already had brunch ready, topped off with a gorgeous mixed berry tart studded with praline pecans.  Given it’s a school night and there’s work tomorrow, a quick but satisfying indulgence is called for, the operative word being quick.  This recipe is a re-make of the ’90’s version of the “fruit pizza”.  Any fruit will do as a topping but I feel there’s something lush and almost scandalous about mounds of berries.  Adding the store-bought praline pecans takes this tart to a new level.  The tart is good served cold or at room temperature.  My son, James, loved it as a kid.  You’ll love it now!

Mixed Berry and Praline Pecan Cookie Tart

  • Servings: 12-14
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 16-ounce package per-cut sugar cookie dough
  •  8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped praline pecans, found in nut section of your grocery store’s produce department
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons jelly, I find guava jelly is the best with most fruits
  • fresh mint to garnish, optional
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. Break pre-cut chunks of cookie dough and place 1 inch apart in an 11-12 inch circle on an ungreased cookie sheet or pizza pan.
  3. Gently press down on each piece of dough so all pieces meet and the end result is one large cookie.
  4. Bake 17-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are golden.
  5. Cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.
  6. In a medium size bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract and beat until the mixture is completely smooth and combined well.
  7. When the cookie is completely cool, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the top.
  8. Scatter and mound the berries on the cream cheese and lightly press on the fruit to help it stay in place.
  9. Warm the jelly in microwave until it’s melted.
  10. Using a pastry brush or NEW paint brush, paint the berries with the jelly.  If the jelly firms up, warm it again in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  11. Chill until serving.
  12. Garnish with fresh mint when serving.

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