Pecan Tarts Recipe
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Pecan Tarts Recipe

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The flaky crust combined with a rich center makes these little tarts a satisfying snack to serve and eat. They look so appealing on a pretty platter and make a great finger-food dessert when you're entertaining. They also freeze well. -Jean Rhodes, Tignall, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Maraschino cherry halves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 145 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 101 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy; blend in flour and salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape into 1-in. balls; press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased mini-muffin cups.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the egg. Add brown sugar, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir in pecans. Spoon into tart shells.
  3. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before carefully removing from pans. Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired. Yield: about 20.
Originally published as Pecan Tarts in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p33

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"I made these for my son-in-law for his birthday and they got a rave review. The dough was a bit tricky to work with as it crumbled, but the end result was fantastic"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"This is a classic! These tarts are just like having mini-pecan pies but without a fork and plate! Easy to assemble after the dough has chilled. Remember not to overfill the tarts or the filling will stick to the pan. Trust this time-tested recipe for impressive tarts."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"the crust was good but the filling separated and had hard chunks on bottom and liquid in the middle and all the nuts at the top. Although they tasted okay, we needed to eat them with a spoon and they were a real pain to get out of the pan, so they leaked all over. Should have lined the tin with parchment paper it would have saved a lot of clean up."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Everyone always wants these..."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"These are the best finger deserts you can make. The only difficulty is getting the dough and mixture even everytime. But they still taste great. I make them for parties and care packages, they are a huge family favorite!"

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