close up of mini puff pastry tarts that have goat cheese, pears, thyme and a honey drizzle on them

Mini Pear and Goat Cheese Tarts with Puff Pastry

  • Author: Michelle Ferrand
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These mini pear and goat cheese tarts are a fantastic appetizer to make for your next party!


8 ounces goat cheese, room temp

small shallot, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chopped thyme

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper 

3 small red pears, sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 

2 tablespoons honey 

Optional: thyme sprigs and extra pepper to garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine goat cheese, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.

One sheet at a time, cut puff pastry into 16 rectangles. Place on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Using a fork, dock the center of each puff pastry rectangle (poke a few times with the tines of the fork).

Evenly divide the goat cheese mixture between the centers of the puff pastry rectangles, about 1 teaspoon per piece. Place the pear slices on top of the scoops of goat cheese, about 1-2 slices per pear.

Bake until the puff pastry is golden brown, about 40 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

Transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with honey and garnish with extra pepper and thyme sprigs and serve!



  • 1 serving = 2 pieces
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