Miniature Pecan Tarts


Super Bowl 50 is right around the corner! Regardless of whether you’re a Panthers or Broncos fan, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching the big game. Although I love football and am a diehard Vikings fan, I usually feel pretty “meh” about the Super Bowl. To be honest, I get more excited about the food, commercials, and halftime show then the actual game. After I heard Beyonce was returning to the halftime show this year, it honestly didn’t matter who was playing in the actual game. Matthew was equally excited that Bruno Mars would be returning as well.

Halftime shenanigans aside, navigating the snacks at your Super Bowl party can feel like somewhat of a minefield for those of us with healthy eating New Year’s resolutions. In an attempt to lighten up one of my favorite desserts, I decided to miniaturize a pecan pie recipe. I stumbled upon some pre-shaped miniature phyllo shells at the grocery store and used this as a base for my pecan pie filling. The hardest part is stopping at just one of these little delicacies. If you’re looking for a healthier option for munching on Super Bowl Sunday, be sure to give these a try!

Miniature Pecan Tarts
Adapted from Athens Foods

Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 1 mini tart • Calories: 68 • Fat: 4.5 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 23 mg

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 large egg
4 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans chopped
15 Mini Phyllo Shells

Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in center of the oven.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except pecans. Mix well. Stir in chopped pecans. Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with one rounded teaspoon of pecan mixture.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool before serving.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
These miniature tarts are so easy to make, you might find yourself with some extra time on your hands in the kitchen. Homemade whipped cream is the perfect topping for this dessert. While the tarts are cooling, whip up a batch and add a dollop to the top before serving!


33 thoughts on “Miniature Pecan Tarts

  1. Heather those are so beautiful, I am awestruck at how perfect they are. Your photographs are just gorgeous. Those sweet little tarts are also delicious, pecan pie is such a classic and yummy dessert and I love the phyllo shells rather than a traditional pastry crust. I’m with you too, the food along with the half time show and commercials are what draws me to watch super bowl, not the football. LOL!


  2. This may be the only way I can consume Pecan ‘Pie’ and not over indulge. Your dad is now scouring the shelves in the stores trying to find this phyllo shell shape.


  3. What a perfect party dessert Heather! I love the idea of using phyllo cups, and adding whipped cream sounds perfect :D A truly gorgeous dessert! I am going to try these out the next time I entertain.


  4. I understand absolutely nothing about football and I have no intention to make any improvement in that department for the future! 😜 Plus, Sunday night I’m all about my beloved Downton Abbey! However, I tried to catch the halftime show because of the viewers’ high expectations and because it is truly entertaining. I hope this year Beyonce’ is going to deliver something better than Kathy Perry! I thought her performance was quite disappointing!
    Your mini tarts sounds and looks divine! I love the idea of using phyllo shells instead of pastry puff! They must be light and impossible to resist.
    Looking forward to commenting the halftime show with you! xo


    • I don’t blame you one bit Francesca! Only because I grew up going to games with my dad, do I enjoy watching them now as an adult. And come Super Bowl time I usually don’t care about either of the teams. Enjoy your Downton Abbey on Sunday and have fun tuning into the halftime show. Speaking of halftime shows, I was also underwhelmed by Katie Perry last year. I think the sharks she was dancing with were more amusing than her ;-)

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  5. These are adorable! We don’t get the Superbowl over here in Australia but I’m currently watching the NBA season via the internet… I reckon these mini pecan pies would be perfect for the OKC/Golden State game on the weekend ;) Great recipe!


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