Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  114
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  11 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  28 mg
  • Sodium  75 mg
  • Potassium  39 mg
  • Phosphorus  20 mg
  • Calcium  2 mg
  • Fiber  0.1 g

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts are the perfect kidney-friendly dessert or appetizer. Renal dietitian Maria from North Carolina serves these treats at her dialysis center for special events.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Maria from North Carolina.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 1 tart


  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 24 vanilla wafers
  • 20 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 24 paper cupcake holders


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place the cream cheese, sugar or Splenda®, lemon juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer.
  3. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy.
  4. Line a cupcake tin with paper holders. Place one vanilla wafer into the bottom of each cup.
  5. Fill cups 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture and bake for 20 minutes. 
  6. Remove from oven and cool 1 hour.
  7. Top each tart with a cherry and 1 teaspoon of pie filling.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If Splenda® no calorie sweetener (granular form) is used, calories are reduced to 96 and carbohydrate is reduced to 6 grams per tart (1/2 Carbohydrate Choice).
  • Try low-fat or fat-free cream cheese to reduce the fat content.
  • Do not over beat mixture.
  • Do not over bake—tarts may appear soft and moist, but will firm up after cooling.

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Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

acpgirl says:


could you use graham cracker crumbs instead of the vanilla wafer? Dietitian comment: You can make the change but there will be slight increases sodium, potassium and phosphorus.

Aug. 05, 2014, 4:31 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

porkyd says:


Just made these Tarts. They are very tasty and easy to make. I used Splenda sugar. The one thing I did not like was the wafer. I am going to make them again on Friday for a family gathering but without the wafer.

Oct. 02, 2013, 3:43 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

JPRD says:


Made for a unit celebration-easy to make and serve-and they tasted great!!

Sep. 22, 2011, 12:21 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

JasonEdwards38 says:


These really are very good, and do taste like cheesecake. I agree that it makes closer to 18, as another person commented.

Apr. 29, 2011, 6:47 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

glencove5 says:


This was a good treat. I made these and I gave it to some folks and they loved it!

Jun. 11, 2010, 6:34 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

sblasczyk says:


I made these for my patients and they all loved them. Great way to help with portion control and no mess when serving.

Mar. 01, 2010, 6:21 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cherry Cream Cheese Mini-Tarts

jaynjay says:


This recipe tastes great, but I was only able to get 18 servings instead of 24. Excellent after-dinner portion-controlled treat!

May. 28, 2008, 9:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

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