Advent Joy: Pecan Tart Recipe

“And blessed is she who believed that here would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” -Luke 1:45

When I use the Favorite Community Recipes: White Horse Fire Company Auxiliary Cookbook, I remember the already and not yet of Advent.  The melancholy beauty we treasure in others when they are no longer here, is placed alongside the joy of creating a sweet, nutty treat to share with my family and friends who are here with me this Christmas season.

This cookbook is a treasured gift from my Aunt Mayme, who passed away December 7, 2000.   On the cover is a picture of the White Horse Fire Department in Pennsylvania, which was located across the street from my Aunt and Uncle’s house when I was growing up.  My Aunt Mayme had a special way of decorating her home that I still remember.  She also noticed that I loved to bake and gave me my very own cookbook.  It was the first cookbook that was “mine” on the shelf in my mother’s kitchen and I still use it today to make Pecan Tarts.

Pecan Tarts are also now a family favorite at Christmas time!

Pecan Tarts

1 ⅛ c. flour
½ c. butter
1 (3oz.) pkg. cream cheese
Combine all the above ingredients and mix with a fork.  Form into 24 balls.  Press and shape crusts in small muffin tins or small cupcake pans.

1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp. melted butter
¼ tsp. vanilla
¾ c. chopped pecans 
Mix thoroughly.  Fill muffin tins ⅔ full.  Baking time is 20 min. at 350 degrees.

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Published by Gwen Lantz

Stay-at-home-Jill-of-all-trades I am hoping to create connections with people and the world around me, while being creatively engaged in what is happening right in front of my nose!

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