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Saturday in Lovella's Kitchen ~ Coconut Tarts

For my Saturday kitchen tip today I want to share these sweet little coconut tarts can come together in a few minutes if you have tart shells tucked into your freezer and a package of coconut pudding in your pantry.

If you don't have time to make your own pastry you can use purchased tart shells.  Simply remove the little foil tart pans and drape  and shape them over your own upside down mini muffin pan as shown below.  It's a quick little trick to keep your tarts a perfect size for filling. 

Use a 3 1/16 in / 78 mm cookie cutter, shape them over the back of a mini muffin pan and bake them.  Allow them to cool completely before removing them to fill.

  1. Bake empty shells  at 375 for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Cook filling according to package directions or make Kathy's filling.  
  3. Stir for 10 minutes to cool and to avoid a skin from forming on the top.  
  4. Divide filling between tarts.  Chill.
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 package whipping cream stabilizer or 1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (omit if using vanilla pudding to stabilize cream)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Whip cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add whipping cream stabilizer or instant pudding, vanilla and sugar.
  3. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a piping bag, garnish each tart and then sprinkle with toasted coconut.
  5. Serve chilled.
  6. Best served the same day they are filled.  The cream filling will soften the shells.


  1. regarding the Feb 16 post and this March 5 post.....
    I think you probably mean
    "Use a 3 1/16 in cookie cutter" as opposed to
    "Use a 3 1/6 in cookie cutter".
    (not that they're that different, but there are those of us who could be puzzled for a bit.)
    looking forward to trying both - thanks a million.

  2. I am moving this week but one of the first things I'm doing when I get in my kitchen will be to make these & I may just eat them all myself. Thanks, Jan

  3. Hi Lovella, it seems ages since I've said hello. I saw these beautiful tarts pop up in my blogroll and had to come see what they are all about. It's s clever the way the shells are made. And I know they are delicious. Perhaps one day when I need to bake something simple but elegant, I will give these a try! I hope all is well in your world. Life is good here. Much love, Sara

    1. Sara, So nice to see a familiar blog/name pop up! Thank you for taking the moment to say Hi. All is well here and I hope it is for you too! Blessings!

  4. These look sooooo yummy!! I will be making them for sure! Thank you so much, Lisa

  5. These look beautiful...and delicious! Thank you.

  6. I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing


  7. What a clever tip for making perfect tart shells! Super smart. These look so lovely and sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for always giving us such great recipes.


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