Mini Pecan Tarts


Makes 3 dozen tarts


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Pinch salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup ice water
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
36 pecan halves


  1. For tart shells, combine flour, granulated sugar and salt in large bowl. Using pastry blender or two knives, cut cold 3/4 cup butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles crumbly corn meal. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, kneading mixture until dough forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 36 mini (1-3/4-inch) muffin pan cups. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 2-1/2-inch circles using cookie cutter; press into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake about 8 minutes or until very lightly browned. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. For filling, combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and corn syrup in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in chopped pecans. Spoon into warm baked shells. Top each with pecan half. Bake 5 minutes. Cool completely; remove from pans.

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