Oh what a sweet treat - like mini pecan pies! They make a wonderful presentation too.
Whenever I make these tasty treats, I always! hear lots of 'M-M-M-MORE PLEASE!' And "I need that recipe!"
If you have one of these mini pastry pushers (from Pampered Chef), it makes this job a whole lot easier as you put the ball of dough in the mini muffin pan, and press this nifty tool in it and your crust is formed & ready to be filled!
I love it!
1 - 8 ozs. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. margarine or butter, softened
2 c. all purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. chopped pecans
12 vanilla caramels, melted, optional
1 Tb. milk, optional
To make crust: Combine cream cheese and margarine in medium bowl; add flour; mix well. Chill
Divide dough into quarters; divide each quarter into 12 balls. Press each onto bottom and sides of mini-muffin pan. Preheat oven to 325*.
To make filling: Combine eggs, brown sugar and vanilla in medium bowl; stir in pecans. Spoon into pastry shells, filling each cup. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cool 5 minutes- remove from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or melt caramels and milk adn spoon over cooled tarts.