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Old-Fashioned Simple Southern Pecan Tarts

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I was inspired to make these tarts after our trip to Jean Farris Winery, where Rick and I shared a Bourbon Pecan Tart for dessert. The pecan tarts I am making in this video do not have any alcohol or chocolate chips. These are just the traditional style of pecan tarts.
  Cream cheese 3 Ounce, softened
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  Flour 1 Cup (16 tbs) (All Purpose / Self Rising)
  Cooking oil spray 1
  Firmly packed brown sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Butter 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1 , well beaten
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Chopped pecans 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)

Combine 3 ounces cream cheese and ½ cup butter, and blend until smooth. Add 1 cup flour, mixing well. Refrigerate dough 1 hour. (You may use the dough immediately, if it is workable.) Shape the dough into 24 balls. Shape each ball into a small shell and place it in a muffin pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. The pastry shell should cover the bottom and go up the sides of the muffin tin about ½ inch. Bake the shells at 350 degrees (F) for about 10 minutes before filling. Watch to make sure the shells do not get over-browned. While the shells are baking, make your pecan filling: Combine ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon butter, 1 well beaten egg, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2/3 cup chopped pecans. Bring the partially baked tart shells out of the oven and place 1 teaspoon filling into each shell. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Again, watch to make sure the tarts do not get over-browned. Remove from oven and immediately remove tarts from muffin tin and place on a nice serving plate. Enjoy!!! This recipe will make 24 Traditional Southern Pecan Tarts. Love, Betty

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Whether dressed in pumpkin shells or crowned with meringue pumpkins, pecan pie is one irresistible sweet dessert that none can resist. Sweet, gooey and crunch, a slice of fresh-baked tart is the perfect way to round up a savory meal. Try Betty's Southern pecan pie recipe and get appeasing your sweet-tooth. Stream the video recipe and get whomping this delightful recipe.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 715 Calories from Fat 405

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 47 g71.9%

Saturated Fat 20.9 g104.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 139.4 mg46.5%

Sodium 223 mg9.3%

Total Carbohydrates 69 g23.1%

Dietary Fiber 2.7 g10.7%

Sugars 42.9 g

Protein 8 g16.2%

Vitamin A 21.5% Vitamin C 0.35%

Calcium 8.8% Iron 14.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Old-Fashioned Simple Southern Pecan Tarts Recipe Video