• Cooking Time: 23-25 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time:


I originally named these Star Bangled Pastries because they were developed from the results of a mess. But the flavor was so good I just couldn't stop there....and thus they were born.


  • Four Corner Hats Pastry:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chilled butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (original recipe called for orange zest)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Assorted fresh berries.


  • Four Corner Hat Pastry Instructions:
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugars. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add remaining ingredients and knead to form a dough. Divide into 3 portions. Flatten each to about 1/2 inch thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. (I let mine chill over night).
  • Cream Cheese Filling instructions:
  • Combine all ingredients...not worrying about any minor lumps
  • Construction the Pastries in 12 ramekins:
  • Preheat the oven to 375' F. Remove 1/3 of the dough from the fridge. Divide dough into 4 equal portions and quickly roll on heavily floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. (keep all dough that is not currently being worked with, in the fridge)
  • Place a piece of pastry dough inside a greased ramekin. Work it in and trim off the excess. I had the pastry lined up with the little rim inside the ramekin that's about 1/2 inch from the top. The pastry will rise while baking and you don't want a mess after all this work.
  • Drop some berries in the bottom.
  • Add a couple of spoonfuls of cream cheese mix in there and top with some more berries.
  • If you have some dough leftover, cut into your favorite or holiday appropriate shape and place on the center.
  • Bake at 375' F for 23-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Categories: Cheesecake  Tart 

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