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Pumpkin Tarts

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"Recently, I was asked to bake for a wedding and asked if I could make this dessert. I was so excited when I realized this was a recipe I had been looking for, but had never found. I was thrilled at how awesome they tasted when you bite into them. How could they not taste good with all that cream cheese? When my friend came to pick up the tarts, she ate 4 before she ever left my house."
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2 h 25 m servings 313
Original recipe yields 48 servings (8 dozen)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Make the pastry dough by creaming together 12 ounces of cream cheese with 1 pound of butter and the sugar in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Mix in the flour, a little at a time, until the dough is workable. Cut the dough into 4 equal-sized pieces, roll the pieces into balls, and refrigerate until needed.
  3. To make the filling, mash 12 ounces of cream cheese with brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl until smooth and well combined; beat in eggs, one at a time, incorporating each egg before adding the next one. Mix in the pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract until the filling is smooth.
  4. Cut each dough ball in half, and cut each half into 12 pieces (96 total pieces). Working in batches, press each small piece of dough into the bottom and up the sides of mini muffin cups. Fill the little crusts almost to the top with the pumpkin filling. Refrigerate unused dough until you need it to make the next batch.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is set and the crusts are lightly golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  6. Mash 1/2 cup of butter, the shortening, and 8 ounces of cream cheese together in a bowl until thoroughly combined, and mix in the confectioners' sugar and marshmallow creme until smooth and creamy. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the cooled tarts. Sprinkle each tart with a few chopped pecans. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 313 calories; 21 28.6 3.9 60 190 Full nutrition

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this was......awesome!!! I was wondering what I was going to make some new things for halloween so I just decided to try this out today and i was amazing, it did not stay in my kitchen long :)

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Made this and was underwhelmed. We are big pumpkin pie lovers and this lacked the pumpkin pie taste I was expecting. Perhaps should have realized based on the amount of cream cheese in the rec...

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this was......awesome!!! I was wondering what I was going to make some new things for halloween so I just decided to try this out today and i was amazing, it did not stay in my kitchen long :)

I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about them. The recipe made 96 plus I had enough left over to make a full size pie. I brought the left overs into work and everyone loved them ...

Wow! So good! These were a big hit at my office Thanksgiving party. Next time I'll probably half the recipe though, but there definitely will be a next time!

These tarts take some time to make, but it's really fun to do! And delicious! I made them for a party, and people thought I had bought them. I plan to make them again this fall, and it will b...

I make these at least once a month. I make them gluten free by substituting rice flour for all purpose flour.

These do take a while to put together, but they are worth it. At first I thought the flavor was a little lacking, but after they sat for 24 hours in the fridge, the taste came through. These a...

This was a great recipe! It took me about 3 hours but it was worth it! I don't think it will take me as long next time. I used a regular muffin tin and it made exactly 3 doz which is a little mo...

Wow! Wanted to try something new for the holidays & this was perfect! Very simple but yet elegant!

These are lovely and nicely impressive. Buy yourself one of those wooden tools that is large on one end and small on the other for making the little cups out of the dough. It worked very well ...