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four pecan pie mini-tarts on a table

Pecan Pie Mini-Tarts

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Pecan pie mini-tarts are a delicious single serving-size dessert with all of your favorite pecan pie flavors. 


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt – divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 67 tbsp cold water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter – melted
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 tsp. salt, and baking powder.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the shortening until the mixture becomes crumbly. You don’t want large chunks of shortening; the texture will be similar to sand.
  4. Stir in cold water. Start with 6 Tbsp. of cold water and begin mixing until dough forms. If it appears too dry, add in a slight bit more cold water but you don’t want the dough to be too wet.
  5. Then, form dough into 4 equally sized balls, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes. 
  6. In another bowl, add the eggs and whisk, then stir in the remaining pie filling ingredients – 1/2 tsp. salt, sugar, melted butter, pure vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, molasses, and pecans.
  7. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Layout one sheet of parchment paper and dust with flour. Place one of the dough balls onto floured parchment paper. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and, using a rolling pin, roll out crust until you have about a 5 in. circle.
  8. Lay the individual tart pan onto the dough and cut out a circle one inch from the sides of the pan. 
  9. Carefully place the crust into the tart pan and gently push the sides until the crust firmly covers the entire inside of the tart pan, with no gaps between the crust and the pan. Remove any extra crust from the edges. (Tip: If you roll the rolling pin along the edges of the tart pan it will perfectly remove any excess crust)
  10. Continue this process for all four tart pans. Place tart pans onto a baking sheet. 
  11. Stir the filling, then pour into the four tart pans, filling to the top. 
  12. Cook for 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  13. Serve with your favorite whipped topping or ice cream.


  • For a gluten-free version – swap in a 1 to 1 gluten-free flour like Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour.
  • Nutritional Disclaimer
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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