Watergate Mini Tarts

Watergate Mini Tarts

Watergate Salad is a tradition in our family. Every time we get together with my mom’s side of the family we always make sure to have this. I am usually the one to volunteer to make it (it IS super easy after all!) I make sure to scoop a little bit to set aside without the pistachio pudding or any type of nuts for my grandfather who is allergic. Our recipe consists of pistachio instant pudding, cool whip, cottage cheese, and crushed pineapple with juice mixed together in a bowl. Easy Peasy.

This version  of Watergate Salad that I found and just HAD to share is sweet and creamy. Instead of a salad bowl, you use sugar cookie dough instead!

Watergate Mini Tarts


  • 1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls; place in 24 mini muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly browned.
  3. Cool cookie shells in pans 10 min. Run knife around cups to loosen. Remove cups to wire racks; cool completely. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Spoon pudding mixture into cookie shells just before serving.

The cookie balls will transform into shells as they bake – no need to press them onto bottom and up side of each cup before baking as directed.


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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

5 thoughts on “Watergate Mini Tarts

  • Sounds amazing,Jess!! Pinning!

    I’m thinking of trying it w/o the nuts and with a different flavor of pudding bc my kids are not into pistachio anything. The pineapple is a nice touch! Will let you know! Yum.


    • We aren’t into pistachio pudding on it’s own. Come to think of it, I’ve never made it unless it was for Watergate Salad! Thanks 🙂

  • Ok, I forgot to ask…..why do you call them Watergate Tarts? Sorry to be so dense. Am I missing something obvious? hmmmmmm Trying to channel the early 70s and consider these ingredients….

    Thanks Jess

    • Funny, I actually googled this same question before because I was curious! No one is really sure but I came across some places saying the recipe came from a chef at the Watergate Hotel.

      • Well, that sounds pretty cool……interesting name.:) xoxox

        Have a great night!


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