Low-Calorie Holiday Dessert Recipes: Mint Peppermint Cream Pies, Cranberry Pear Tarts

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Mini Peppermint Cream Pies

1/5th of recipe (3 mini pies): 87 calories, 2.5g fat, 59mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

These crunchy little things are crammed with creamy, minty goodness. And they're SO easy to make!


15 frozen mini fillo shells (like the kind by Athens)
1 sugar-free vanilla pudding snack with 60 calories or less
1/2 cup Cool Whip Free (thawed)
1 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 standard-sized peppermint candy cane or 4 mini candy canes, lightly crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place shells on a baking sheet, and bake until lightly browned and crispy, 3 - 5 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mix pudding with Cool Whip until uniform. Stir in chocolate chips and 3/4ths of the crushed candy cane(s).

Evenly distribute pudding mixture among the shells. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy cane(s). Enjoy!


Merry Cranberry Pear Tarts

1/12th of recipe (1 tart): 70 calories, 1g fat, 99mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 8g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

These festive holiday treats are real scene-stealers... Other desserts better watch out!

2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
4 cups finely chopped pears
2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
12 small square wonton wrappers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

Bring a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add butter and let it coat the bottom. Add pears, and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook and stir until softened, about 8 minutes.

Transfer to a medium bowl to cool, and stir in chopped cranberries and lemon juice.

Place each wonton wrapper into a cup of the muffin pan, and press it into the bottom and sides. Lightly spray with nonstick spray. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Evenly distribute pear mixture among the wonton shells. Enjoy!



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