The Best Buttery Pecan Tarts

Buttery pecan tarts are a delicious and indulgent treat, perfect for any occasion. Here’s a recipe to make them at home:


For the pastry:
– 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
– 1/4 cup ice water

For the filling:
– 1 cup pecan halves
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1 cup packed brown sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Pinch of salt


1. Start by making the pastry. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cold butter cubes and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. Gradually add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

3. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a muffin tin or tart pan.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut out circles slightly larger than the wells of the muffin tin. Press the dough circles into the wells of the muffin tin, forming mini tart shells.

5. Arrange a few pecan halves in each tart shell.

6. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.

7. Pour the filling mixture over the pecans in each tart shell, filling them almost to the top.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set and the pastry is golden brown.

9. Remove the tarts from the oven and let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

10. Serve the buttery pecan tarts warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

These buttery pecan tarts are rich, sweet, and nutty, with a deliciously flaky pastry crust. They’re perfect for serving as a dessert or sweet snack, and they’re sure to impress your friends and family. Enjoy!

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