Making Nanny’s Jelly Tarts

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My childhood is full of memories of whipping up holiday goodies in the kitchen with my great-grandmother (Nanny), my grandmother and my mom. There were special pies for Thanksgiving, cakes for birthdays and cookies for just about every occasion ever (even Tuesdays.)

Now that I have a family of my own, I bake the same treats and celebrate with the same traditions. We make my grandma’s sweet buns every year around the holidays. I serve Nanny’s pies on Thanksgiving. And I make sure to bake plenty of my mom’s cookies to decorate (although she swears that I bake them wrong.)

Nanny and Anna

When I was young, Nanny had me spend a day in her kitchen and taught me how to make her famous pie crust. The recipe has been in our family for over 100 years – being updated and upgraded throughout the generations.


Pie Crust Recipe

We made my first pie together, but my favorite part of the day was making jelly tarts out of the extra pie crust. They became my favorite holiday treat.


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And Nanny’s jelly tarts.

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How to Make Nanny’s Jelly Tarts

My great-grandmother passed away just a few days shy of her 107th birthday. She was funny and independent until the very end, and even now – a few years later – it feels weird that she’s gone. I miss her, but I inherited her rolling pin and her tin cookie cutters, and I always feel close to her when I’m baking.

And especially when I’m baking her jelly tarts.


With the holidays coming up, I gathered all of my great-grandmother’s tools and whipped up her pie crust.

I FaceTimed with my mom while I rolled out the pie crust and cut out the jelly tarts (my dad made an appearance too.)

While I may not always be home for the holidays, I can still bake with my mom.


Making these jelly tarts is super simple! First, make Nanny’s pie crust following the recipe below.

Pie Crust Recipe

Simple Pie Crust Recipe

  • Author: Anna @ My Life and Kids


Such a simple pie crust recipe – passed down in my family for over 100 years!


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • In separate bowl mix,
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg


  1. Mix together the flour, shortening, sugar and salt using your hands, a pastry cutter or a food processor.
  2. Stir in the wet ingredients.
  3. Chill for 15 minutes or more.

Now that you have your pie crust,  preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out the pie crust and cut your tarts into the shapes of your choice. You’ll need two sizes for each shape. One to make the base and one to make the lid.

Smear a small layer of jelly on each base, cover with a lid and sprinkle with sugar. (FaceTiming with your mom is optional.)

Jelly tarts

Bake for 10-12 minutes.


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Jelly Tarts Recipe Pin

This was sponsored by Gold Peak Tea. All opinions are my own.