Cherries and cream cheese are one of my favorite dessert combinations. Combine the two with pie crust and a heart-shaped cookie cutter and you get a sweet little pastry, just perfect for a Valentine’s Day Treat for someone you love.
These were fairly easy to put together, here is how I did it:
1 to 2 pkgs refrigerated pie crust (depending on how many you want to make, or you could always make your own pie crust)
1 pkg. cream cheese softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extracts
1 can cherry pie filling
large heart cookie cutter
small heart cookie cutter (optional)
½ cup powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk
In large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/4 sugar, egg and vanilla or almond extract ( I used both). Set aside half of the heart cutouts for the top layer. Spread cream cheese mixture over the bottom layers of the pie crust hearts to 1/2 inch of the edge.
With rolling-pin, lightly roll out the rest of the pie crust hearts so they are slightly bigger than the bottom ones. (They need to be bigger to fit over the toppings.) If you have a smaller heart cookie cutter, you could cut out the middle so the cherries will show through.