5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts

What do you get when you combine cinnamon rolls, cream cheese, and cherries??! THIS! These 5 Ingredient Cherry Cheesecake Tarts are pure heaven. They are simple to throw together and they are amazing hot OR cold! Make ahead of time for a get together or bake in the morning so you are ready to roll with them cold whenever the time calls!

The 5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts with a bite missing on a while napkin next to a clear bowl of cherry filling.

I am such a sucker for a good cherry cheesecake. The one’s I’ve loved have always been somewhat labor intensive so they don’t get made all too often. I wanted something fun and different but with that same great taste. These are perfect little individual cheesecakes that combine the buttery cinnamon flavors of cinnamon rolls with the sweet and gooey perfection of cream cheese and cherries.

What does it mean to be called a tart?

A small pie-like filled dessert with fruit or custard, that has no top crust, is a tart. We called our recipe a tart because the outer crust is the cinnamon roll with the topping being the delicious cherry filling. It looks like a little dessert pie!

What is in canned cherry pie filling?

In the particular brand of cherry pie filling we use, there are 90 calories per serving. There are no artificial flavors, zero grams of trans fat per serving, one gram of fiber per serving and it is gluten-free. It primarily consists of cherries, water, sugar, corn starch, and ascorbic acid. I learned this ingredient is also kosher!

The ingredients for the 5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts.

Ingredients for our 5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts:

How to make our 5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts:

First, preheat the oven to 375F. Next, lightly dust a clean, flat surface with flour. Open the can of cinnamon rolls and pull apart into each individual cinnamon roll. Take one roll and lay it on the floured surface. With either a rolling pin or your fingers, flatten the cinnamon roll to a width slightly wider than the muffin tin. Continue to make all cinnamon rolls the same.

A flour dusted cutting board next to a rolling pin and a can on cinnamon rolls.
A raw cinnamon roll on a flour dusted cutting board next to a rolling pin.

Grease a muffin tin thoroughly and press each individual cinnamon roll into the muffin pan.

4 cinnamon rolls lining the inside of a muffin tin.

Next, mix the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the cream cheese mixture to the cinnamon rolls and distribute the mixture evenly. Bake for 13 minutes.

a clean bowl with a block of cream cheese and 1.2 cup of sugar in it.

After 13 minute, remove the tarts from the oven and spoon about 2 tablespoons of cherry filling onto each tart. Bake for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot or cold!

Cooked cinnamon rolls with cream cheese mixture in a muffin pan next to a can of cherry pie filling.
The 5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts, ready to eat on a placemat.

One of the great things about this specific recipe is that it’s a great one to make with the kids. It’s pretty easy to put together so there really isn’t any frustration when those tiny hands are all up in your cooking-business. My kids love pushing or rolling the cinnamon rolls flat and molding them to the muffin tins while I mix up the cream cheese filling. You can easily substitute out the cherry topping for something else you prefer: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry… even pumpkin! Hot or cold, these will be a total win at your next gathering!

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5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts
Yield: 6 Servings

5 Ingredient Cherry Tarts


  • 8 ounce Block Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • One Cinnamon Roll Container
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Press cinnamon rolls into a greased muffin tin, making a bowl out of the dough. (Pictured above.)
  3. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  4. Add cream cheese mixture to the cinnamon rolls and back for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and fill with the cherry pie filling.
  6. Return to the oven for 3 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let set for abut 5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy


For EXTRA deliciousness, warm the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls and drizzle over top of the baked tarts!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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