Shakespeare Festival Tarts–Copycat Recipe

OK, I promised that I’d share a copycat recipe for the wonderful tarts they sell at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, IF I ever found one. Well, I did. All right, it wasn’t me…my pastry skills are seriously lacking, but I have an awesome friend who came up with this. Thanks, Spring! I didn’t make them but I so totally taste-tested the recipe, and they are by far the closest to the real thing I’ve tried.  These are amazingly delicious. Woo hoo!!!  Here is Spring’s recipe:


AKA Utah Shakespeare Festival Copycat Tarts

AKA You Will Eat Far Too Many at One Sitting Tarts

(with cream cheese filling)




3 ½ c. flour

6 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 c. butter, chilled

2 egg yolks

½ tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbsp cold water

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz cream cheese

1 egg yolk

½ c. sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash:

1 whole egg

1 Tbsp milk

*extra sugar for sprinkling over the egg wash


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

For the filling, add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat until mostly smooth. There will still be smaller lumps of the cream cheese, but it will bake up fine.

Prepare the pastry: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry cutter or knife. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, vanilla extract and cold water. Beat together with a fork. Add to the flour/butter mixture. Knead together until a dough forms – careful not to over knead, or it will become tough.

Divide the dough in half (for convenience in working with it) and roll it to ¼ inch thickness. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares (about 4 inches square). If they are too small, the corners won’t stay folded over the filling.

Spoon a tablespoon of cream cheese filling (or insert your favorite tart filling here, seedless raspberry jam is also very good) onto the middle of the tart. Fold the four corners over, not quite meeting in the middle. Move to a baking sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper). When the baking sheet is full, whisk your egg and milk together and brush the egg wash over the tops of the tarts. Sprinkle with extra sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes, until corners of the tarts are browning and firm. Remove and cool on a rack. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Shakespeare Festival Tarts–Copycat Recipe”

  1. WOW WOW WOW!Ive been going to that festival for years and the tarts are the highlight, this is so close to them it made me so happy.

  2. These were perfect! I grew up going to the Shakespeare Festival with my grandma and even graduated from SUU. The tarts were my favorite, especially the raspberry ones, and I would often go to the green show on the green just to get a tart after classes. I haven’t been able to make it to the festival for several years and have been hankering for a raspberry tart. I made some raspberry jam and strained out the seeds and used it just like you said to use the cream cheese filling. It worked great and tasted just right. Thanks for the recipe!

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