foodie fridays: mini cherry limeade tarts

I have noticed several things lately about myself.

First, when cooking and photographing food on the weekends, I never wear socks or shoes. Not even flip-flops. In any other food handling situation this would be considered a major health violation. You know the kind where a nerdy looking fellow shows up  wearing a hair net and sighs every time he writes on a clipboard.  Thankfully, my kitchen follows a “whatever you feel like” clothing policy, which is fantastic for when I do my Risky Business montage between shoots. Hey, a girl has to keep the creative juices flowing.

Second, I now get “the sleeps” in the early evening. Yep. I swear, once I turned the big 3-0, I started getting tired after nine o’clock. This may be why Disney decided to go with a twenty-six year old Cinderella. Can you imagine if she got “the sleeps” on the way to the ball in that sweet pumpkin? Life would not be the same.

And third, my two main summer addictions are food and booze. Is this normal? If I was given a Rorschach test, I would likely see a skinny girl margarita or finger lickin’ barbecue smoked ribs. I think Mr. Rorschach would suggest that I needed to join a 12-step group or Weight Watchers program. But, I say, all things in moderation Mr. Rorschach-erton!

Okay, raise your hand if you fancy cherry limeades from good ol’ Sonic? It’s one of my favorite drinks to sip on during the hot summer months. And, can we please talk about Sonic’s cubed-sort-of-crushed ice! Holy ice perfection. If I had one wish, it would be to have a freezer full of ready-to go Sonic ice. Life would be truly  grand.

This is why these cute mini cherry limeade tarts are just the thing to satisfy any summer addiction. The best thing about these tarts is they don’t require a drive-thru or the press of a button with a loud voice on the other end. So, this means while you’re waiting for the crust to cool and the filling to set, you can do the Risky Business montage while wearing roller skates!

P.S. Here are some final pictures of my newborn/family photo shoot I did a few weeks back. Little Savannah was a dream to photograph. Isn’t she precious? And Chance (who is two) was a hoot! His smile is infectious. A BIG thank you to the Lehman’s for letting photograph your beautiful family!

Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts

Yield: Makes 12 tarts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour of chill time

Ingredients:

for the crust:
3 cups graham crackers, crushed
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled
2/3 cup granulated sugar

for the filling:
1 can frozen limeade, thawed
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 container Cool Whip (+ more for garnish)

12 cherries with stem, garnish

Directions:

for the crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together graham crackers, butter, and granulated sugar. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. Gently press graham cracker mixture into each baking cup liner. Only fill up to 3/4 of the way. Bake crust for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Let it cool before adding the filling.

for the filling:
In a large bowl, combine limeade, milk, and Cool Whip. Pour filling into each crust. Put in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

to serve: remove cupcake liners, top tarts with Cool Whip and a cherry.

You will have a lot of leftover filling if you want to make one large tart afterwards, I would go for it!

recipe adapted from the Roder Family Cookbook

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15 Responses to “foodie fridays: mini cherry limeade tarts”

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    Tieghan — June 7, 2013 at 12:29

    Okay, those a the cutest little baby pictures every! So stickin cute!

    So are the mini tarts!! You really went for the cute factor today!

    Have fun in Austin this weekend!

    • Lauren replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 12:59

      Thanks, Tieghan! They were a blast to photograph!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 7, 2013 at 13:50

    I love this! That cherry limeade is the best at Sonic, even the diet version is good. And that ice…don’t get me started. Every restaurant should be required to have that type of ice! ;)

    • Lauren replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 14:23

      Totally!! We need to tell Sonic to get on that! Have a fantastic weekend!

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    Kathryn — June 7, 2013 at 15:06

    Such precious photographs, really lovely! And these tarts sounds pretty darn awesome too.

    • Lauren replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 15:22

      Thank you! We miss you in Austin!

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — June 7, 2013 at 15:59

    LOVE Sonic’s cherry limeades!! When I was in high school, I would hit up happy hour all the freaking time for a large one. I can’t wait to try a mini tart version!! And the newborn family pictures…. STOP IT! They are too cute!!

    • Lauren replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 19:42

      Thanks, Emily! I had such a blast photographing them!

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    Eileen — June 7, 2013 at 18:14

    Ooh, tiny tarts! Hooray! There aren’t really Sonics around our part of California, but cherry and lime wins hands down nonetheless. :) And who doesn’t get the sleeps eventually? A nice early night with no obligations is one of the best things ever.

    • Lauren replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 19:43

      Right?! Tiny is always better:) I hope you have a great weekend!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — June 7, 2013 at 20:37

    These are so stinkin cute! You are making me miss Sonic big time, but these will definitely satisfy my cravings :) I agree with you that the Sonic ice is ice perfection. Perfectly crushed!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — June 8, 2013 at 03:15

    oh my gosh! Those pictures are absolutely beautiful and SO precious! You did an amazing job!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 8, 2013 at 04:07

    Those photos are so gorgeous!! And these little tarts look so yummy!

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    dishing up the dirt — June 10, 2013 at 01:40

    food, booze, and going to bed early. Lets be friends! BTW the tarts look amazing!

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    Jaci @ windykitchen — June 12, 2013 at 01:18

    Wow, you’re even good at taking pictures of newborns! I have enough trouble with food, and it (usually) doesn’t wiggle around or cry.

    PS Sonic ice pellets are one of life’s biggest pleasures. I used to do diet cherry limeades on a several-times-a-week basis, but I gave up diet soda a few years ago and always regret that decision during cherry-limeade weather…

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