Buttery Pecan Tarts

Buttery Pecan Tarts

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My mom makes these Buttery Pecan Tarts almost every Christmas. They are so yummy, with a buttery, cream cheese shell, and then more butter in the sweet pecan filling. They practically melt in your mouth! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season. 

I like to make these tarts when I’m looking for party finger foods or even for a church potluck such as a Christmas decorating party! Or a Holiday tea party! No matter how you decide to celebrate this holiday season, you’ll want to try making these delicious tarts for your friends and family.

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Plus, pecans are often readily available in November, and this recipe is perfect for using some of those freshly cracked yummy nuts. Check out my Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream for another recipe that is great for using freshly cracked pecans.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Buttery Pecan Tarts

 

For the Dough:

  • butter, at room temperature
  • cream cheese, room temperature
  • all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • large egg
  • brown sugar
  • melted butter
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • chopped pecans

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Coat two mini muffin pans with cooking spray.

Using a nut chopper or knife and cutting board, coarsely chop pecans.

Making the Dough:

In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and cream cheese until incorporated. Add in all-purpose flour. Mix well. Place the dough in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.

Divide dough into fourths and then roll each into six balls. Place one ball in each cup of the prepared mini muffin pans. Use your fingers or a tart tamper to form the dough along the sides of the pan.

 

Making the Filling:

In a medium bowl, combine large egg, granulated sugar, melted butter, salt, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans. Mix well.

Fill tart shells 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until delicately browned.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to a wire cooling rack.

This recipe will make 24 tarts.

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Recipe for Buttery Pecan Tarts

Buttery Pecan Tarts

This is a recipe my mom makes every Christmas. These tarts are so yummy, they practically melt in your mouth! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Baking, Pecans, Pies and Cobblers, Thanksgiving Dinner
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Refrigerate:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Nut Chopper
Glass Mixing Bowls
Mini Muffin Pan
Tart Tamper

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Coat two mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
    Using a nut chopper or knife and cutting board, coarsely chop pecans.

Making the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and cream cheese until incorporated. Add in all-purpose flour. Mix well. Place the dough in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  • Divide dough into fourths and then roll each into six balls. Place one ball in each cup of the prepared mini muffin pans. Use your fingers or a tart tamper to form the dough along the sides of the pan.

Making the Filling:

  • In a medium bowl, combine large egg, granulated sugar, melted butter, salt, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans. Mix well.
  • Fill tart shells 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until delicately browned.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to a wire cooling rack. Makes 24 tarts.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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