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These are tasty and just a couple bites. Rec: Miniature Pecan Tarts

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Posted to Thread #12677 at 8:11 pm on Nov 19, 2008

Easily made a day or two ahead and would transport well.

Miniature Pecan Tarts

Dough:
1 stick butter, softened
1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour

Filling:
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup pecans (or walnuts), chopped

Very lightly grease 2 12-cup miniature muffin pans (the 1-3/4"x1" cup size).

Mix together well (I use an electric hand mixer). Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Pinch off dough and shape into 2 dozen balls (about 1-inch size). To form pastry cups use thumb to press each ball in bottom and up sides of miniature muffin cups. Set aside and mix filling.

For filling, mix all ingredients together (I use an electric hand mixer to blend well). Fill pastry cups 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool a few minutes then remove from tins by running a sharp knife around edge to lift out.

Yield: 24 miniature tarts

Source: My mom always made these around the holidays when we were growing up. While itís a recipe I often make during Christmas-time, I find it especially nice to serve at a Thanksgiving feast as a small bite to satisfy the sweet tooth after the big meal.


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