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Mini Pecan Tarts

I absolutely love pecan pie. However, it is not a pie I grew up eating. Our family enjoyed pumpkin, sweet potato and apple pie during our Thanksgiving gatherings. It was not until I saw an episode of the Pioneer Woman where we baked a pecan pie, that I decided to try it and immediately loved it. 

pecan tarts

I created my mini pecan tarts as a spin off of the classic pecan pie. I really love individual desserts, as they make serving so easy! 

For the crust, I used a short pastry that I have been using in my lemon bars for years. I love this crust because it is a few simple ingredients, is fool-proof and it is absolutely delicious. 

mini pecan pies

I will be making these for my family this Thanksgiving. I love that they can be made ahead and will keep for two days at room temperature stored in an air tight container 😀

Mini Pecan Tarts
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • Crust
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ice water
  • pinch of salt
  • Filling
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2/3 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, 2 cups AP flour, brown sugar and pinch of salt in a food processor. Pulse until mixture begins to come together. Add in the ice water and pulse a few more time, until the dough comes together.
  3. Divide the dough evenly into each tartlet pan. Press the dough up the sides. Prick the dough with a fork.
  4. Place the tartlet pans on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. While the dough is blind baking, make the filling.
  6. Whisk egg, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.
  7. Remove the crusts from the oven. Place1 tablespoon pecans in each tartlet.
  8. Pour the filling over the pecans. Return tartlets back to the oven for 12-15 minutes, until they are just set.
  9. Remove from oven and enjoy!

amandas plate mini pecan pies


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  1. I’ve had over 6 of these mini pecan tarts and they literally taste like mini pies. Best snack and desert all packaged into one.

  2. Adding these to my Ramadan menu! They look delicious! 🙂
    Did you use 2″ individual tarlet pans? Or a bigger size? Also, when you baked the dough, did you put some weight on top of it so it doesn’t puff up? I usually don’t put any weight to hold down my tart dough because I freeze it. Do you recommend doing that before for this recipe?

    1. That sounds wonderful for Ramadan! Yes I used 2 inch tartlets. I pricked the dough with a fork to allow the steam to escape and that was sufficient 🙂 you can freeze it 🙂
      Best of luck!

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