Pumpkin Tarts

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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.

close up view of mini Pumpkin Tarts garnished with nuts on a blue platter
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Prep Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
8 dozen

Ingredients

Tart Pastry:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 pound butter, softened

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cups solid pack pumpkin

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, divided

Directions

  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
21g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 102mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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