Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Baking! Day 9: Mini Pecan Tarts

Day 9: Mini Pecan Tarts

Do you love pecan pie? I do! These tiny pecan jewels and the sweetest bite of pecan pie, in one delectable morsel. They will look beautiful on any holiday party tray.

Who doesn't love a little tart? ;-)
Mini Pecan Tarts 

Makes about 3.5 dozen
1 cup margarine
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1-1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1-1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3/4 cups chopped pecans

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F. 
  2. In a stand mixer, cream together margarine and cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in flour, a little at a time, until a smooth dough ball is formed. 
  3. Roll dough into small balls, then press dough into a mini muffin pan, making sure the dough is even on the bottom and the sides. 
  4. In another bowl, mix together eggs, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Mix in pecans. Using a small spoon, fill each crust about 2/3 full with pecan mixture. 
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crust turns slightly brown and filling has puffed up. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

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