Recipe Box, Italian Cream Tarts

There are some things you just shouldn’t have to give up…

Italian Creme Tarts

Like dessert 😱

mini fillo tarts

This is a no guilt treat you can enjoy without doing an extra mile around the block.  I saw some Mini Cannoli Cups on Love Bakes Good Cakes and decided to try my own version and make them a little lighter


These mini fillo shells are so convenient, tasty and guess what? They clock in at a mere 15 calories per shell!


That means you can fill them full of good stuff, and still have a low cal treat!


Put some chocolate chips in each shell, about 8-10, and bake at 350 for 5 minutes to soften


Use a small spoon to mash them down and top with a 1/4-1/2 tsp of almond paste


They aren’t pretty at this point   😳   but don’t worry, this will get covered up


Mix the ricotta with the sugars and vanilla


Put a heaping spoonful of the fluffy cheese onto each shell


and garnish with orange zest and chopped pistachios

Italian Creme Tarts

The combination of the vanilla cream, salty nuts, chocolate, almond and the scent of orange all in a delicate crispy crust will make you swoon, I promise!    😊

Italian Cream Tarts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 15


  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup almond paste
  • 15 mini filo tart shells 1 box, defrosted
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 50 pistachio nuts
  • zest from 1 orange or clementine


  • Place shells on a baking sheet and fill bottoms with chocolate chips, about 8-10 chips per shell. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes to soften chocolate. Mash down with the back of a small spoon [a baby spoon works well] then spread with 1/4-1/2 tsp almond paste.
  • Mix ricotta with sugars and vanilla. Place a heaping tablespoon on top of each tart. Sprinkle with orange zest and chopped pistachios.
  • Refrigerate


Makes 15, about 125 calories each
Keyword beachy dessert, canneloni tarts, cream tarts, Italian dessert tarts, phyllo tarts, ricotta cream
Cannoli Bites

You can pop over and see my inspiration Love Bakes Good Cake’s recipe here

Italian Cream Tarts 2

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12 Responses to “Recipe Box, Italian Cream Tarts”
  1. Mary says:

    What a delicious little bite Jenna filled with your combo of flavors and I LOVE your MC baker too! Those little fillo shells make for quick and easy entertaining and save my bacon during the holidays. I panic when they’re out of stock at the grocery store 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    This definitely a keeper! I can’t wait to make this! My loves little bites! Thanks for sharing!😊🌴

    • Thanks! They keep well too, we had some last night after 2 days in the fridge, the shells stay surprisingly crispy because the chocolate in the bottom is like a protective coating~ enjoy!

  3. Definitely saving this one! I have everything but the pistachios, so a dash to Publilx will take care of that.

  4. Marigene says:

    Yummy, yummy! These will be great for a ladies luncheon.

  5. Lynn says:

    Oh I wish I had one (or three) of them now:@)

  6. Oh my these look amazing and something that I can do!!…My mother in law was Italian and she used to make these wonderful cream puffs….

  7. Miz Helen says:

    What special little treats and the perfect size, I will love these. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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