Pecan tarts

    40 min

    These moreish mini tarts are a hit at Christmas parties.

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    Serves: 60 

    • 500g butter
    • 350g cream cheese
    • 500g plain flour
    • 3 eggs
    • 500g dark brown soft sugar
    • 50g butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 175g chopped pecans

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and cream cheese until well blended. Beat in flour, at about a fourth at a time, until the mixture forms a smooth dough. Roll into small balls, and press into the bottoms and sides of tart tins or mini muffin tins.
    3. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans. Use a spoon to fill each of the pastry shells 2/3 full with the filling mixture.
    4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, until shell is light brown, and the filling has puffed up. Cool, and carefully remove from tins.

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    delicious! these went over so well at my party.  -  30 Nov 2008


    These are my favorite cookies to make during Christmas time. I do use real butter instead of margarine though, as everyone seems to prefer it. Also, to save time, after rolling the dough into balls and placing them into mini muffin tins, I wrap a plastic sandwich bag around a wine cork or the top of an empty small water bottle and press this into each ball. After that, I only need to do a little reshaping before pouring the filling in.  -  02 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are absolutely delectable! However, it took me over two hours to make them all (and I had 4 pans!). And just a tip-- this recipe made more like 7 or 8 dozen. Also, I would highly recommend being careful not to overfill them. If the filling overflows it is a huge pain to remove them from the pans!  -  28 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)