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Pecan Tarts Recipe


Pecan Tarts Recipe


This Pecan Tarts recipe is one of the “treat” recipes I only make a few times a year, and I’m making them today so I thought I’d share this recipe again.  They’re special enough to make for Christmas or another holiday, but fairly simple to make, with only a few ingredients.

The trickiest part is getting them in the pan, but I have a hint for that.  I know that my mini-muffin pan has 24 wells, and the recipe makes 36 tarts.  So (being a self-confessed giant math nerd…) I divide the double batch of dough into thirds, then divide each ball into quarters, and make 6 balls of dough from each quarter.  Then they’re all the same size, and I don’t have any dough left over.  Or…you know…you could be a normal person and just eyeball it  😉

I have a handy little Pampered Chef tool to help get the dents in the dough once they’re in the pan.  A similar one on Amazon sells for around $10.  With the tool, you can just smoosh it in, and it makes a well for the filling.  Otherwise, you can just use your fingers–either way it’s not too difficult.  One other hint: don’t be tempted to over-fill the tarts, because the filling will bubble up and crustify all over your pan.  I’d rather spend my time taste-testing than scrubbing petrified pecan goo, wouldn’t you?

So here’s the recipe: 3-ingredient crust, 5-ingredient filling, and all kinds of yummy.  Enjoy!

Pecan Tarts Recipe  Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Pecan Tarts from Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese in an electric mixer.
  2. Add flour and mix until incorporated. Refrigerate dough while you prepare the filling.
  3. Beat 2 eggs, and add brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and pecans.
  4. Place approx. 1-inch balls of dough in the wells of a mini muffin tin.
  5. Use a tool or your fingers to create a well in the center of the ball, leaving dough on the bottom and sides.
  6. Spoon filling into tarts, filling approx. ¾ full.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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