Finnish Prune Tarts

"One of my favorite Christmas treats, and very popular with the Finnish community with coffee. I know,you're thinking prunes..ewww...but they are very good. (the bake time does not include the overnight dough chill time)."
photo by Kirsi B. photo by Kirsi B.
photo by Kirsi B.
photo by aevil photo by aevil
photo by aevil photo by aevil
Ready In:
24 tarts




  • Blend dough ingredients with pastry blender.
  • Add milk to soften as needed.
  • Should make into 4 small or 2 large balls.
  • Cover and chill dough overnight.
  • Cook the prunes in water until soft.
  • Drain.
  • Press prunes through wire strainer or pureed in blender.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Roll out dough into large square in order to cut into 3 inch square Place a mound of filling in the center.
  • Split each corner from the top to within 1/2 inch of the center.
  • Fold one half of each corner to the center-- to form a star or pinwheel.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheet- you may sprinkle croase grain sugar over tart.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before baking.
  • Bake in hot oven 400*F for 7 to 10 minutes- until light golden brown (they should be realitively pale).
  • Remove and cool on rack.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Joyce S.
    Where do you get the wonderful Finnish tart cutter featured in one of the photos


  1. moldy11
    These are absolutely wonderful! We live in Illinois now but my Finnish family has roots in the UP Michigan and we travel there every summer. We always buy these from Tony's Kitchen in Laurium but now I can make them at home. The verdict from even the most staunch Tony's Kitchen customers in my family is that these are marvelous! I creamed cottage cheese in the blender first before adding to the dough.
  2. k_lo4316
    Yum, yum, yum! My grandma used to make these but could not translate the recipe and these are very similar to hers. Thank you!!
  3. Susan O.
    55 years ago I made Suomalainen joululaji to help a Finnish student (who didn't bake). I remember the pastry as having begun with whipped cream into which the flour was folded. Does that sound familiar to anyone? Thanks so much for all of your recipes! I found the recipe in a library book.
  4. Lucie F.
    Hi, I make christmas cookies in advance.. how long can withstand fresh these tarts? Thanks for response.
  5. Joyce S.
    Wonderful recipe. My only question would be on the yield. I believe it should be around 72 considering the amount of pastry,and bake time. Tarts would be so thick they would not bake in 7-10 minutes if you only made 24 from the pastry recipe.


  1. vbartel65
    To make this heart healthy?


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