Grandma's Quick & Easy Mini Pecan Tarts Recipe Is a Family Tradition by Donna John

Grandma's Quick & Easy Mini Pecan Tarts Recipe Is a Family Tradition

You can count on a platter of these mini pecan tarts to be sitting on my mother-in-law's holiday table each year. These baked pecan tarts may be small in size, but they pack a sweet punch, especially during the fall months, Thanksgiving and Christmas. (I could eat these year-round!) The low-sodium recipe has been used so much, that my sister-in-law had to rewrite it for me. That's a sure sign that this easy pecan tart recipe is a keeper.

The simple pecan filling has just five simple ingredients: pecans, an egg, vanilla, butter and brown sugar. Oh, and a pinch of salt. If you've ever wondered why salt is called for in dessert recipes, it's because it enhances the flavor of the other ingredients. You don't taste the salt, but it plays an important role. A wonderful treat for the holidays!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, thawed

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Recipe Notes

  • The easiest way to cut the thawed pie crust for these holiday pecan tarts is with the rim of a drinking glass, but a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter would work, too. Save the scraps and roll together so you can get as many crusts as possible out of your dough. 
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar would take these sweet pecan tarts up even one more notch.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Stir melted butter, brown sugar and salt together.
  2. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix in pecans. 
  4. Unroll the pie crust dough. Using a small drinking glass or biscuit cutter, cut out circles of the pie crust. Push into mini muffin tins.
  5. Pour in the filling. 
  6. Bake in a preheated 325-degree F oven for about 20 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 70

Total Fat: 3.1g

Saturated Fat: 0.7g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 22mg

Total Carbohydrate: 10.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.3g

Total Sugars: 8.9g

Protein: 0.8g

Vitamin D: 2mcg

Calcium: 11mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 28mg

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Elisa Schmitz
So simple and so delicious. I love this recipe, Donna John . Thank your in-laws for me! #yum
I love the hand written recipe. This looks amazing.

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