Black Forest Tartlets
Recipe from Diabetic Living

Perfect for holiday parties, these mini desserts are filled with a great-tasting blend of pudding and dried cherries.

Black Forest Tartlets

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  • 1/3  cup 
    60 to 70% tub-style vegetable oil spread
  • 1/2 8  ounce package 
    reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 2   tablespoons 
    packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute* equivalent to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2   tablespoons 
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1   4-serving-size package 
    sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 3/4  cups 
    fat-free milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    almond extract
  • 2   tablespoons 
    snipped dried tart cherries
  • 24   
    frozen unsweetened tart red cherries, thawed and drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For pastry dough, in a large bowl, combine vegetable oil spread, cream cheese, brown sugar, and cocoa powder; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Stir in flour. Press a rounded teaspoon of the pastry dough evenly into the bottom and up the side of each of 24 ungreased 1-3/4-inch muffin cups.
Bake about 15 minutes or until pastry is dry, evenly colored, and set. Cool pastry in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer pastry cups to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine pudding mix, milk, and almond extract. Whisk for 1 minute. Cover and chill about 5 minutes or until mixture sets up slightly. Transfer half of the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for another use. Fold dried cherries into the remaining mixture.
Generously spoon or pipe cherry-pudding mixture into cooled pastry cups. To serve, top each tartlet with a tart cherry.
*Sugar Substitutes:

Choose from Sweet 'N Low® Brown or Sugar Twin®Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
*Sugar Substitutes:

PER SERVING WITH SUBSTITUTE: same as above, except 181 cal., 19 g carb., 196 mg sodium. Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate. Carb choices: 1.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 194, Fat, total (g) 9, chol. (mg) 11, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 22, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 197, Other Carb () 1.5, Fat () 1.5, Carb Choice () 1.5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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