Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts

Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts – dangerously delicious. Mini cream cheese tart shells filled with pecan pie filling. These things fly off the plate. Can make in advance and freeze for later.

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This is one of Chicken Legs favorite Christmas cookies. He loves to eat these right out of the oven when they are warm. These take a little work but it is worth it. The cinnamon and cream cheese tart shells are the best. It really makes these little pies stand out.

plate of small pecan tarts
plate of small pecan tarts

Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts

Yield: 48 tarts
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts – dangerously delicious. Mini cream cheese tart shells filled with pecan pie filling. These things fly off the plate. Can make in advance and freeze for later.

Ingredients:

Shells

  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Filling

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup karo syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans toasted

Instructions:

Shells

  • Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour and cinnamon, beating at low speed just until ingredients are blended. Wrap dough in wax paper, and chill 2 hours.
  • Divide dough in half. Divide each half of dough into 24 balls. Place in lightly greased miniature muffin pans, shaping each into a shell.

Filling

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended. Stir in pecans. Spoon filling evenly into pastry shells.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool slightly. Remove from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack.

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  1. The yield is listed as 24 tarts, but in the recipe the dough is divided in half and each half yields 24 tarts. Which is correct? Thanks!

  2. I bet these are ooey-gooey good right out of the oven. I'm saving this recipe and I bet these become my favorite cookies. Merry Christmas

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