Heavenly Pecan Tarts Recipe


Pecan Tarts Recipe


This time of year makes me think of my mother. One reason is because November is the month she passed away. This November marks the 5-year mark of her passing. The other reason is because right before Thanksgiving, my mother would make her Pecan Tarts. She was a real southern belle – she was born and raised in Mississippi.  I am not sure where she got this recipe (possibly it was passed down from her mother), but I just had to share it with you. My brother, dad, friends and relatives adored these, and she always had an audience every time she would make them. Luckily I paid attention…this is my first time making them on my own. I think she would be proud.



Pie Crust:
*Makes 2 9″ Shells or 12 tarts (muffin/cupcake size pan). NOTE: I would double pie dough to make 24 tarts. The below filling recipe makes more than you’ll need for just 12 tarts.

2 cups flour
2/3 cup Crisco + 2 tbsp. (chilled)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water

Make sure Crisco is very cold! Put dry ingredients together, then cut in shortening to gravel size. Use fork, and add water until dough holds together.

Pecan Tarts Filling:

3 eggs
1 cup white Karo
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla

First mix eggs in large bowl, then combine next ingredients (except pecans) and mix well.

Put a walnut sized ball of dough in each cup of the muffin tin.  press the middle and up the sides until dough is even. Use fork to press down around the edges


Fill each tart with filling, about 3/4 the way up to edge.

Put a pecan half on top of each and bake on middle rack of oven at 350 degrees for approx. 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for an hour or so.


These freeze very well! If you decide to freeze some or all of the Pecan Tarts, place them in a zip-lock plastic freezer bag. Pull them out to defrost about 2 hours before serving. They can also be warmed up in the microwave for about 20 seconds (be careful – filling might be hot!)

Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!


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  1. These looks delicious. I am the only one in the house who loves pecan pie so I usually don’t go through the trouble of making or buying a whole pie…. BUT this is a great alternative! Thanks 🙂

  2. Oh my I love pecan pie and this would be a great recipe to make then I wouldnt be tempted to eat a whole piece of pie.
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  3. after making pies for Thanksgiving it must have started the ball rolling for holiday baking…my husband picked up two bags of pecans…hint, hint Pecan PIE! but these look so much more fun. I am wondering if you can roll out and use a cup or bisquit cutter to make circles to place in the tin. Might be fun for kids and make it faster? AND what about freezing those crusts for easy baking in the future? (I know pecan pie does not freeze, but I only mean the crust). wow, I am now SO hungry and want to try these today!

  4. I always thought Pecan Pie would be hard to make…I’m not sure why, so I never opted to do it (you can tell from that disclosure that I’m not a genius in the kitchen, though I do like to cook and bake). This, however, makes me really want to give it a whirl. I love Pecan Pie and these tarts look even better. I don’t think any of my kids have ever tried it (*gasp*) so this will be neat for them too. I’m thinking we’ll give it a try when we do our big cookie day…where we all get together and bake and decorate for hours. We love that tradition and these will be a welcome treat. Thanks for the share.

  5. YUM! I love how the portion control is built-in 🙂 I’ve been doing a lot of things in mini muffin cups lately, can’t wait to try this!

  6. These look great! My aunt makes the best pecan pie, so I would love to make my own. These are so cute and it doesn’t look too involved either. Plus they are a great portion size, or great for kids.

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    Lovely pecan tarts! I have been searching for a perfect pecan pie recipe for years, and now maybe this is it :-). If these cute tarts taste as good as they look they must be delicious! I am so glad I found your blog!
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