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Cherry Vanilla Shortbread Tart

A sumptuous summer fruit dessert that will wow everyone at the dinner table.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, fruit, summer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 395kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of cherry preserves or good quality cherry jam
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries Note: if using frozen cherries, defrost before using and strain the juices.

For the vanilla icing:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/160C.
  • Grease a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan and place this on a baking tray.
  • Using a food processor or mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and brown sugar vigorously until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. It’s an important step to beat the butter and sugar well together when making shortbread as this ensures the shortbread is light, crisp and will hold together.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour and salt. Add it to the butter mixture and mix until blended (forming large clumps).
  • Turn onto a floured surface and using floured hands, press two-thirds of the mixture evenly into the prepared pan (including the sides).
  • Spread with the cherry preserves or jam evenly over the dough, leaving a ​1⁄4-inch border and then scatter with the cherries.
  • Crumble the remaining dough into large crumbs and scatter evenly over the filling, covering most of the surface.
  • Bake the tart for 40 - 45 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Leave to cool completely in the pan.

For the Vanilla icing:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and one tablespoon of the milk. If it looks too thick, you can add a second tablespoon of milk.
  • Drizzle the cooled tart with the icing, remove from the pan and serve on the base.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.3mg