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This Berry Tart Recipe is a super easy and tasty dessert that seems elegant and is a delicious and impressive dessert to serve at your next dinner party! A crowd pleaser and a perfect summer treat.

Close up of one finished and stacked Berry Tart

I’m super in love with this Berry Tart Recipe, let me just start out with that. It’s such an easy dessert to make with just a few ingredients that you can put together in a rush.

We love making these all summer long, especially when we have guests over and/or we love making them for breakfast or brunch because all the flavors are absolutely wonderful together.

You have berries, a lemon cream cheese mixture, crescent rolls, and powdered sugar. You really can’t go wrong with that combination in my opinion.

Lily absolutely loves making these. Making the tart crust is probably her favorite part – no need for a little tart pan.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, get the kids involved in baking! Great memories and tasty treats are made that way.

There is so much to love about this recipe. From fresh blueberries to the tart shell, it’s all a scrumptious little bite of heaven.

I have made many tarts over the years with various flavors, but this berry tart recipe is one of my absolute favorite ones. The mixture of berries and the cream cheese just burst with flavor in your mouth.

Some of our other favorite berry desserts that we have on our site include Berry Pavlova, Lemon Berry Sweet Rolls and this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake!

Overhead of two stacked Berry Tarts with fruit surrounding tarts

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. With easily accessible ingredients, they are quick to whip together.
  2. You can switch up the berries to your liking.
  3. You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Crescent roll dough sheet
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Decorators sugar
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Powdered sugar
Ingredients needed to make Berry Tarts

HOW TO MAKE BERRY TART RECIPE:

  1. Preheat the oven 375°F. Lightly grease a sheet tray with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough on a clean work surface. Cut the dough into 4 even rectangles.
  3. Go around the edges of each piece of dough, rolling them toward the center, making a ½ inch border of dough, twirl the ends. 
  4. Place the pieces onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Mix together the beaten egg and water in a small bowl. Brush a small amount of the egg wash on the outer edges of the dough with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the decorator’s sugar on top of the dough where you have egg washed.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Once the tart dough is done baking, transfer the tart shells to a cooling rack to cool.
  7. While the dough is cooling, whip the cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
  8. Add in the powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.
  9. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the four tarts making sure to keep the edges of the tart shells exposed.
  10. Top with fresh berries. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top and garnish with mint sprigs, optional.
Step by step photos on how to make Berry Tarts

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

WHAT KIND OF BERRIES SHOULD I USE?

You can use any of your favorite berries for this recipe.

We use a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Blackberries would also be good on this and you can also just use one type of berry if you’d like.

CAN I USE PUFF PASTRY?

Puff pastry can be used for these Berry Tarts if you prefer, just follow the same method as I did for these, the baking time of the puff pastry will vary a little bit more and they will rise more.

But if you prefer the texture of puff pastry over the crescent dough then by all means use it!

There is no right or wrong to this recipe as long as you get a nice base to hold your filling and your berries.

Berry Tart on plate with fruit in background

The buttery crust on these really brings it all together. Try out other juicy fruits like the following. It’s an easy recipe to add to.

  • Lemon curd: Layering lemon curd beneath a creamy vanilla custard for a zesty twist that pairs beautifully with the tart filling.
  • Kiwi slices: Adding kiwi slices not only introduces a refreshing taste but also elevates this beautiful dessert visually.
  • Whipped cream: A generous dollop of whipped cream on each tart can make this easy tart recipe even more delightful.
  • Chocolate chips: For chocolate lovers, sprinkling chocolate chips over the berries adds a surprise element to this perfect dessert.
  • Apricot jam: Brushing apricot jam over the berries gives the tarts a glossy finish, making them a beautiful tart for any picnic baskets or summer gatherings.
  • Coconut flakes: Sprinkling coconut flakes on top adds a crunchy texture and a hint of tropical flavor, enhancing the summer berries’ freshness.
  • Nutella: A thin layer of Nutella beneath the cream cheese mixture transforms these tarts into a decadent treat, marrying the tart dough with rich, chocolatey goodness.
  • Peanut butter: Incorporating peanut butter into the cream cheese filling offers a creamy, nutty flavor that complements the juicy fruits perfectly.
  • Chopped nuts: Garnishing with chopped nuts like almonds or pecans introduces a delightful crunch that contrasts the dough and tender fruit toppings.
  • Fruit pizza style: Arranging the berries in a decorative pattern mimics the fun and creativity of a fruit pizza, making these tarts not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes.

Let me know if you think this is the perfect dessert like I do. Any chance I get to use summer berries, I take!

  • Puff pastry or pâte sucrée: Opt for puff pastry or pâte sucrée as an alternative to crescent roll dough for a more traditional tart base with a flaky crust.
  • Greek yogurt or low-fat milk: Swap cream cheese with Greek yogurt or mix in a bit of low-fat milk for a lighter, less dense tart filling, maintaining that creamy vanilla custard texture.
  • Agave nectar or honey: Replacing powdered sugar in the filling with agave nectar or honey offers natural sweetness without overpowering the delicate flavors of the summer berries.
  • Almond extract: Substituting vanilla extract with almond extract in the cream cheese mixture introduces an aromatic depth that pairs wonderfully with the almond glaze and sliced almonds.
  • Frozen berries: Opting for frozen berries when fresh aren’t available ensures this easy dessert can be enjoyed year-round. Just ensure they’re thoroughly thawed and patted dry with a paper towel to prevent a soggy bottom of the crust.

HOW TO STORE:

These are best eaten right when they are made, as if they are stored with the filling, the crust will get soggy, and with fruit on top, it might soften if stored for any longer than a few hours.

I do not suggest freezing.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Crescent roll dough sheets are perfect for this as you don’t have to worry about crimping any perforations, you can use regular crescent rolls if you can not find the dough sheets.
  • Use any of your favorite berries for this, mix it up, or use all one type of fruit.
  • You can use puff pastry, but follow the cooking times for how long they need to bake.
  • This is great topped with powdered sugar, but this is completely optional.
  • Make sure your crusts are completely cooled before filling them otherwise it will melt.
  • The egg wash is necessary to get a nice golden brown on the edges.
Fork holding up a bite of the tart

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Berry Tart Recipe with Crescent Dough

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Berry Tart Recipe is a super easy and tasty dessert that seems elegant and is a delicious and impressive dessert to serve at your next dinner party! A crowd pleaser and a perfect summer treat.
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 375°F. Lightly grease a sheet tray with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough on a clean work surface. Cut the dough into 4 even rectangles.
    1 can crescent roll dough sheet
  • Go around the edges of each piece of dough, rolling them toward the center, making a ½ inch border of dough, twirl the ends.
  • Place the pieces onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Mix together the beaten egg and water in a small bowl. Brush a small amount of the egg wash on the outer edges of the dough with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the decorator’s sugar on top of the dough where you have egg washed.
    1 large egg, Splash of water, 1 tablespoon decorators sugar
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Once the tart dough is done baking, transfer the tart shells to a cooling rack to cool.
  • While the dough is cooling, whip the cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
    4 oz cream cheese
  • Add in the powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.
    1/2 cup powdered sugar, Zest of 1 lemon, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the four tarts making sure to keep the edges of the tart shells exposed.
  • Top with fresh berries. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top and garnish with mint sprigs, optional.
    1 cup small-diced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup raspberries, Powdered sugar and mint sprigs for garnish

Notes

  1. Crescent roll dough sheets are perfect for this as you don’t have to worry about crimping any perforations, you can use regular crescent rolls if you can not find the dough sheets.
  2. Use any of your favorite berries for this, mix it up, or use all one type of fruit.
  3. You can use puff pastry, but follow the cooking times for how long they need to bake.
  4. This is great topped with powdered sugar, but this is completely optional.
  5. Make sure your crusts are completely cooled before filling them otherwise it will melt.
  6. The egg wash is necessary to get a nice golden brown on the edges.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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10 Comments

  1. These look so pretty! and I bet they taste amazing!

  2. I love the combination of lemon and berries and can’t wait to make these thank you for sharing Dana 🙂

  3. these look amazing!

  4. Visiting from the Handmade Hangout link up. This looks SO yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I love the way you shaped these tarts.. great use of summer berries. Pinned.

  6. Terrific tutorial and SO yummy! Thank you so much for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  7. They look so fancy and tasty. I love the bright colors of all of the fruit. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next weekend.

  8. These look delicious! Lemon and berries… two of my favorite things! Pinning! Thanks for linking up with us at Much Ado About Monday this week. 🙂

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