24 Sweet And Savory Tart Recipes For Breakfast To Dessert

Mini Strawberry Tarts
Photo: Greg Dupree

A well-made tart is quite the treat. Whether you're aiming to satisfy your sweet tooth with a delightful dessert or need something savory to serve on your dinner menu, our best tart recipes give any classic pie a run for its money. Try something truly Southern, like our Bourbon Ball Tart—the iconic cookie tin treat meets a creamy chocolate filling and buttery crust. We also sprinkled in a few savory tart options—perfect for appetizers at your next holiday party or summer celebration. For more traditional tart recipes, you'll love our mouthwatering Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts and the Strawberry Tart. If you want to set the tart pan aside, bake the Herbed Tomato Tart: You just fold the pastry around the tomatoes before you put it in the oven. However you plan to enjoy them, these tart recipes are as sweet as they are tart.

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Mini Strawberry Tarts

Mini Strawberry Tarts
Greg Dupree

These sweet treats start with a pistachio crust. A dreamy mixture of cream cheese, lemon juice and zest, and whipped cream is folded together before filling the individual tarts. Toss the fresh strawberries in sugar just before topping the tarts to give them a hint of added sweetness.

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Double Citrus Tart

double citrus tart
Southern Living

This refreshing tart is a fan favorite. A creamy lemon filling bakes in a gingersnap crust for an ultimate flavor duo. Serve it at your next summer celebration.

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Herbed Tomato Tart

Herbed Tomato Tart
Becky Luigart Stayner

Show off your garden tomatoes in this simple tart. Basil, dill, thyme, and parsley make this fresh tomato tart absolutely delicious. Substitute other herb combinations based on what’s ready to harvest.

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Caramel Pecan Tart

Caramel Pecan Tart on a blue background
Will Dickey

Take a pecan pie, and make it easier. That's what this pecan tart does, turning gooey caramel into a dense, toothsome filling while it bakes and cools. This tart is welcome at holiday parties, potlucks, and picnics alike.

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Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts

Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts
Photo: Alison Miksch

Make it mini! These adorable chocolate chess tarts are perfect for a bridal luncheon or baby shower. Made in a mini muffin tin, they are also perfect pick-ups for a holiday table.

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Glazed Apple Tart

Glazed Apple Tart
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Emily Neighbors Hall Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis

Thinly sliced apples make this dessert a cozy, fall treat. Brush apricot preserves over the apples as a simple glaze. Puff pastry makes a convenient shortcut. Fresh thyme adds notes of lemon.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
Jody Horton

If you can't decide between a pumpkin cheesecake or honey tart, enjoy both! The toasted pecan crust, cream cheese layer, and meringue topping set this dessert apart from the standard pumpkin pie.

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Chicken Salad Tarts

Chicken Salad Tarts Recipe
Jennifer Davick

Southerners love chicken salad, and these mini treats take the classic recipe to the next level. Top them with pretty fruit slices and mint for a pretty presentation.

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Bacon-and-Egg Tarts with Goat Cheese

Bacon-and-Egg Tarts with Goat Cheese
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Suitable for breakfast or dinner, these savory tarts take bacon and eggs to a more sophisticated level. Sunny-side-up eggs and tomatoes flavor every bite. Goat cheese adds tang.

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Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts

Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Tomatoes are the star of these mini bites made right in your muffin pan. Seasoned squares of puff pastry are filled with cherry tomatoes and cheese for these simple tarts you’ll turn to again and again. Top with fresh basil.

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Cheesecake Tarts

Cheesecake Tarts
Van Chaplin

Flavored with hints of vanilla and gingersnap, this dessert is perfect for the cheesecake lovers of the world. These tarts come together with just 30 minutes of prep time. Top with fresh fruit and mint.

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Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart

Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Switch out your favorite summer cobbler for a cool and creamy fruit tart. This dessert is a good way to highlight fresh berries, but you can also substitute other fresh fruit, like peaches or strawberries when they are in season. 

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Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose Tart
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. If our daily serving comes in the form of this flower tart, we'll tuck in happily. This stunning dessert’s apple rose feature isn’t too hard to create with our tips.

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Pear-Plum Tartlets

Pear-Plum Tartlets
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Pockets of golden, crunchy crust ensconce juicy pear and plum slices—a comforting fall treat. These little tarts make a delectable breakfast, or take these sweet treats on the go.

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Simplest Pear Tart

Simplest Pear Tart
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

There's not much to it, but the simplicity makes this tart delicious, allowing the fruit to shine. Just a few minutes of hands-on time and a few ingredients, and you’ll have a rustic dessert that really stuns.

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Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart
Joy Howard

Nothing says summer quite like a tomato tart or pie. Ours features a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a little smoked mozzarella. The tomatoes are salted first to keep them from getting soggy as they bake.

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Rainbow-Carrot Tart with Pea Shoots

Rainbow-Carrot Tart with Pea Shoots
Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Each bite of this spring tart is filled with shards of delicate phyllo pastry and tender carrots. Some whole-milk Ricotta and Romano add a creamy, savory component that will make the tart the star of the table.

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Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

This is the tart recipe you want on a summery day—especially if you have some farmers' market strawberries on hand. Store-bought pie crust keeps it easy, but feel free to make a homemade pie crust if you prefer.

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Bourbon Ball Tart

Bourbon Ball Tart
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop styling: Lydia Pursell

Two desserts in one. This tart wows with a layer of chocolate ganache and homemade Bourbon Balls. The Bourbon Balls balance out the rich chocolate, and the buttery crust provides crunchy contrast.

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Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts

Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

It's a party appetizer, it's a side, it's a main. That's the beauty of our Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts. Creamy cheese and sweet fruit are always a winning combination, and served warm? Well, that's irresistible.

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Ginger-Fig Tart with Cornmeal Crust

Ginger-Fig Tart with Cornmeal Crust
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Silky pastry cream creates a luscious bed for ripe figs. The cornmeal in the crust adds a pleasant grit. Serve as the star dessert of your garden party—and sneak a leftover slice for breakfast the next day.

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Parsnip-Buttermilk Tart

Parsnip-Buttermilk Tart with Spice Apple Butter
Peter Frank Edwards; Prop Styling: Kendra Surface; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Parsnips are the surprise ingredient in this sweet tart, which also features a handful of cacao nibs and crunchy, chopped pecans. The parsnips offer a subtle sweetness that pairs well with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and buttermilk.

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Homemade Berry Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts
Southern Living

In a nod to childhood's favorite toaster pastry, our version uses pre-made pie crust for ease, your choice of fruit jam, and plenty of sprinkles to bring out our inner kid. Bake a batch of these for breakfast or as an anytime treat.

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts
Micah A. Leal

This toaster pastry version is filled with the traditional brown sugar-cinnamon filling. Fill with your favorite jam if you prefer. With a buttery homemade pastry, you may never buy store-bought toaster pastries again.

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