As much as I love Thanksgiving, I can't lie -- I'm not a huge fan of the traditional desserts that are usually served. There. I said it. Pumpkin pie and apple pie simply aren't my cup of tea. I prefer something a little more sinful and sweet -- like this chocolate and pecan tarlets recipe from Epicurious.
Besides being absolutely adorable, these precious desserts are rich, mouthwatering, and exactly the right size given how much food we tend to ingest on turkey day.
Who can eat a big, fat slice of pie after stuffing and mashed potatoes? Not me.
At slightly larger than bite-size, these are simply the perfect way to top off Thanksgiving dinner. And then have another later in the evening, of course.
Chocolate and Pecan Tartlets
5 tablespoons butter, softened, plus 1 tablespoon melted butter
4 ounces light cream cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Mix softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Blend in flour, a bit at a time, confectioners' sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Form dough into a disk. Cover in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Heat oven to 325°F. Divide dough into 24 balls; press into two 12-cup mini muffin tins, pushing dough up over edges. Refrigerate. Mix brown sugar, chocolate chips, egg, melted butter, vanilla, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl until combined.
Divide half the pecans among muffin cups; top with brown sugar mixture; sprinkle remaining pecans on top. Bake 20 minutes or until dough is lightly golden around edges. Let sit 5 minutes. Run tip of knife around cup edges to loosen. Remove when cool enough to handle; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
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