A Recipe For The Perfect Shortcrust Tartlets You Can Store

The perfect recipe for shortcrust tartlets, combined with the perfect technique. That’s all you need to serve the tastiest little tarts at any time of the year – spontaneously.

If you nod at least two times after reading the following statements, this is your recipe! Your joker. Your secret weapon.

  • In the morning/afternoon/after dinner I often spontaneously crave for some fine sweets, but I’m lacking the motivation to prepare it…
  • I’m actually looking forward to spontaneous visits. If I could just as spontaneously offer some easy to make but lovely treats…
  • I could put these pre-packaged shortcrust pastry tarts in the drawer again. But to be honest: they are not really tasty…

Why buy tartlets If you can bake them so easily?

The recipe comes from the Netherlands, more precisely from the beautiful and really outstanding patisserie Holtkamp in Amsterdam.

If you are interested: Here is my Holtkamp story.

Cees Holtkamps sweet shortcrust tartlet recipe not only convinces me because it tastes fantastic. You prepare it with soft butter, and if you stick to the preparation recommendation, it is guaranteed that you’ll end up having beautiful and heavenly crispy little tarts.

The trick to produce on stock comes from Michelin-starred chef Douce Steiner. In her dessert book “Cuisine Douce” she recommends a long baking time at low temperature.

Afterward, place them in an airtight container and never forget to restock – you’ll be thankful whenever you feel that some delightful little sweet treat should be on the table.


Easy and foolproof recipe for shortcrust tartlets you can store


I often bake them in muffin moulds. The recipe is good for at least 18 pieces. Just put the dough loosely into the moulds. Once in the oven, the heat will put everything right in place.

Bake your shortcrust tartlets in muffin- or the classic molds

Especially pretty and slightly larger: classic tartlet-molds. However, you have to grease and dust them with enough flour so that they can easily loosen after baking.

Easy and foolproof recipe for shortcrust tartlets you can store

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Easy and foolproof recipe for shortcrust tartlets you can store


Now have fun baking and enjoying these delicious shortcrust tartlets – Here comes the recipe for twelve months of little-tart-luck!


Recipe For Perfect Shortcrust Tartlets You Can Store
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125 g (vegan) butter at room temperature

125 g powdered sugar

1/2 egg

1 tablespoon of cold water (2 tbsp for vegan preparation)

250 g flour

5 g baking soda

3 g salt

optional: 1 tbsp lemon zest for the dough and flaked almonds for the molds


Mix together butter and icing sugar.

Add the half (!) egg and water (or just water) and knead well.

Now add flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest and knead until you get a soft, homogeneous dough.

Cool down in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then roll the dough about an inch thick and cut out circles, which are slightly larger than the diameter of the mould.

Carefully place the dough in the greased moulds. Just press it very easily.

Put the moulds in the fridge, for an hour or more.

Preheat the oven to 130 ° C and bake the shortcrust tartlets for 45 minutes.

Store airtight and be prepared for spontanous sweet cravings and visitors:-)

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  1. Marie-France Sergent
    you use baking powder or baking soda ! In the ingredients it says baking soda and in method baking powder.
    18 August, 2019

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