Mini Pecan Tarts

These are one of Tim’s favorite tarts that I make at Christmas.  I really didn’t enjoy making them because it was so time-consuming to shape the tarts by hand in the muffin tin; that is until this year.  I found this tart shaper at Pampered Chef and tried it for the first time.  What a timesaver!!  I was so excited you would have thought I had just won a prize, but really I did because it made tart making a breeze and what cook or baker doesn’t like to save time in the kitchen.

Pecan Nut Tarts 

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour
  • 2 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups chopped pecans
  • 3 eggs 

Dough – Mix together butter, cream cheese and flour as for pie crust.  Line small muffin tins by patting in mixture.  Fill ½ to ¾ full with nut filling.  Nut filling – beat eggs, add sugar gradually.  Add melted butter and vanilla.  Add nuts and mix well.  Bake in moderate oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until light brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.