Spicy Shrimp Cream Cheese Tartlets Recipe

Nancy Piran | The Bitter Side of Sweet

Spicy shrimp cream cheese tartlets are so great for entertaining! With cool cream cheese and a bit of heat, these little bites will go quickly!

Our holiday menu always consists of appetizers! I do so much cooking and baking before I even get to the holidays that once the day comes I just want to relax!

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My family is so used to it that they enjoy it as much as I do. The most requested appetizer is hummus and chips! I don’t really blame them, that is a meal for me all by itself!

This year I am going with these teriyaki meatballs and of course these spicy shrimp cream cheese tartlets!

They literally take only about 25 minutes from start to finish so they are a must! Along with these I always make cheese, fruit, and meat boards. I cannot wait!

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To make these tartlets you only need a few ingredients. Finding ingredients in my cabinet is what I usually do when I want to make something quick and easy.

So I just used what I had on hand! I went with shrimp that had tails on them, but you can definitely buy the ones without. Either way I would suggest defrosting your shrimp before cooking.

If you want to leave out the spicy part of these tartlets that is an easy thing to omit. Just leave out the red pepper flakes.

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To make the puff pastry you do not even need to defrost it. Baking it frozen turned out well. You could really do it either way, I just wanted my appetizer to be done faster!

For the cream cheese mixture, you need one block of cream cheese, one tablespoon of dill and some heavy cream. Mixing it for at least five minutes makes the mixture easier to pipe.

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It is also not necessary to pipe it but I thought it made them look prettier!

I’m curious, what do you serve for your holiday meal? If you are looking for more appetizers how about these bacon cheddar pinwheels made with puff pastry or asparagus mushroom cheese egg cups!

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Spicy Shrimp Cream Cheese Tartlets Recipe

    9 Servings


  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, cold
  • 4 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream, cold
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll out puff pastry into a 10x10 inch square.
  3. Cut 9 (2 inch) circles and place on parchment paper.
  4. With a sharp knife lightly score about a half inch from edge in a circle shape careful not to cut through pastry.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Using sharp knife carefully rescore the edges and remove centers to make a well. Set aside.
  7. In mixing bowl add cream cheese. Whisk together on medium low until completely incorporated. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl half way through mixing.
  8. Slowly add in cream. Scrape down sides half way through mixing.
  9. Slowly mix in dill.
  10. Turn mixer up to medium high and whisk for 3 minutes.
  11. Pipe frosting into the center of each cooled pastry.
  12. In the meantime heat olive oil in large skillet over high heat.
  13. Add shrimp, taco seasoning and red pepper flakes.
  14. Cook for 5 minutes.
  15. Top one shrimp onto each pastry.
  16. Serve and ENJOY!


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Author: Nancy Piran
Recipe Yields: 9 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tartlet
Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 153
Calories 280

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 184mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nancy Piran

About Nancy

Nancy has been writing about good food on The Bitter Side of Sweet for years now. We're pretty stoked that she's our Puff Pastry fanatic, because it's about to get deliciously epic.