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Two classic holiday desserts combined into one delicious treat in these Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts. You’re going to love them!

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The ingredient list:

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To make the gingerbread:

To make the pecan pie filling:

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

You bet!

You can wrap it well in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

How to thaw frozen gingerbread dough for rolling:

Place the frozen dough in the microwave on the lowest setting and microwave at 10-second intervals until the dough gives just a tiny bit when pressed.

*Note – you do not want the dough to be too warm and pliable. A little bit of stiffness is what you’re looking for.

Can these gingerbread pecan pie tarts be made in a mini pie tins?

Yes, but please be aware that the baking time will be different from the baking time listed in the recipe card for the muffin tin.

When I made mine, I used both a muffin tin and mini pie pans. The mini pie pans took a shorter amount of bake time because the mini pie tarts will be wider and thinner.

What’s the best rolled thickness for the gingerbread dough?

A quarter-inch (¼”) thickness is best. Any thicker than that and your gingerbread tart crust will be too heavy and take too long to bake.

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Important steps to ensure an even ¼” thickness when rolling dough:

There’s a simple trick to that and it has to do with little silicone rings that slip on both ends of a rolling pin.

Once rolled, run your open hand lightly over the surface of the dough and you’ll be able to feel any uneven areas (if there are any).

Another important step is to sprinkle a light layer of flour on your rolling surface (i.e. countertop) and another light sprinkling on top of the gingerbread dough to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin.

To chill or not chill (the dough). That is the question:

The answer is CHILL!

Once the gingerbread dough is made, make sure to wrap it well in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking.

Keeping the dough chilled will prevent it from shrinking as it bakes in the oven. Once the dough is in the muffin tins, return the tins to the refrigerator while making the pecan pie filling.

The step-by-step photo instructions for making Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts:

For preparing the gingergread tart crust:

  • Roll the chilled gingerbread to an even ¼” thickness (wrapping and chilling the remaining dough until needed).
  • Use a 4″ round cookie/biscuit cutter to cut circles from the dough and press the dough evenly up and around the wells of a muffin tin that has been liberally sprayed with baking spray. *Note – Gently use your fingertips to press out any rips or tears that may occur during this process.
  • Use the tines of a fork to dock the bottom of each gingerbread crust.
  • Return the tins to the refrigerator to keep the dough chilled while preparing the pecan pie filling.

For preparing the pecan pie filling:

  • Finely chop 3 cups of pecans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, softened butter, ground ginger, maple extract, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the chopped pecans and stir well to combine.

Filling and baking gingerbread pecan pie tarts:

  • Fill the chilled gingerbread muffin cups just shy of full (using approximately ½ cup of the pecan pie filling) for each tart.
  • Bake the tarts in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 40-45 minutes or until the pecan pie filling is still only slightly jiggly and puffed in the center. *Note – the filling will drop slightly as the tarts cool.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and cool the tarts on a wire rack before serving.
  • To release the tarts from the pan, run a butter knife around each muffin well and gently lift the tarts from the tin.
  • Place each tart into a paper cupcake liner (if desired) and decorate however you see fit. I used mini bows to make them extra festive.
A festive holiday plate filled with Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts in festive wrappers along with holiday bows on top.

Can these pecan pie tarts with gingerbread crust be frozen after baking?

Yes!

Store them in a single layer (with parchment paper between layers, if needed) in an air-tight freezer container.

These can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Can this recipe be made into one large tart or pie instead of mini’s?

Yes, but I can’t give 100% accurate bake times for those changes.

However, what I can tell you is to bake a large gingerbread pecan pie or tart in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven until the center is just set and no longer jiggly.

I’m guessing the bake time will be approximately 40 minutes (for a standard pie or tart) but check it at the 30-minute mark, and then keep a close eye on it from there.

Also, do not overfill the pie or tart as the filling will puff and expand as it bakes.

Additional festive holiday recipes:

*Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake (shown below)

Treat your family and friends to a breakfast gift this year with this Easy Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Croissant Apple Breakfast Bake. It will be a deliciously sweet start to a very wonderful day!

An Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake in a holiday dish along with a silver serving spoon on top.

*Pistachio Dried Cranberry Caramel Tart from Sweet ReciPEAS

*White Chocolate Christmas Popcorn (shown below and featured in the video)

Looking for food gift ideas that won’t break the bank and that any skill-level in the kitchen will be successful with, even the kiddos? Look no further. This Easy Delicious White Chocolate Christmas Popcorn is a  tasty treat everyone on your gift-giving list will enjoy receiving!

A bowl filled with White Chocolate Christmas Popcorn along with red and green boxes in the background.

*French Silk Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

*Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s holiday mini pecan pie-filled gingerbread tarts recipe.

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Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Two classic holiday desserts combined into one delicious treat in these Gingerbread Pecan Pie Tarts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
chill time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Christmas dessert, christmas tart, holiday dessert, speciality dessert
Cuisine German Inspired
Servings 20 tarts
Calories 381 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE GINGERBREAD DOUGH:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark molasses
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

FOR THE PECAN PIE FILLING:

  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped pecans

Instructions
 

TO MAKE THE GINGERBREAD DOUGH:

  • Cream the butter, sugar together until light and fluffy (approximately 3-4 minutes)
  • Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla and blend until combined.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, allspice, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add half of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and blend, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture and blend until a soft dough forms.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When ready to bake, unwrap the chilled dough.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and roll the gingerbread dough to an even ¼” thickness.
  • Use 4″ round cutters to cut the dough into circles, rerolling the remaining dough to make additional tart crusts as needed.
  • Gently press the cut gingerbread rounds evenly in and up the sides of muffin tins that have been liberally sprayed with baking spray.
  • Dock the bottom of each gingerbread tart dough several times with the tines of a fork.
  • Chill the dough-filled muffin tins in the refrigerator while preparing the pecan pie filling.

TO MAKE THE PECAN PIE FILLING:

  • Finely chop 3 cups of pecans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, softened butter, ground ginger, maple extract, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the chopped pecans and stir well to combine.

TO FILL AND BAKE THE GINGERBREAD PECAN PIE TARTS:

  • Fill the chilled gingerbread muffin cups just shy of full (using approximately ½ cup of the pecan pie filling) for each tart.
  • Bake the tarts in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 40-45 minutes or until the pecan pie filling is still only slightly jiggly and puffed in the center. *Note – the filling will drop slightly as the tarts cool.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and cool the tarts entirely on a wire rack before serving.
  • To release the tarts from the pan, run a butter knife around each muffin well and gently lift the tarts from the tin.
  • Place each tart into a paper cupcake liner (if desired) and decorate however you see fit. I used mini bows to make them extra festive.

Notes

Freeze for up to 3 months in a single layer in airtight freezer containers.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 201mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 2gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 287IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
Keyword gingerbread pecan pie tarts, pecan pie tart with gingerbread crust
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