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Chocolate and Pecan Tartlets

Servings: Makes 24 tartlets
5 tbsp. butter, softened, plus 1 tbsp. melted butter
4 oz. light cream cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup light-brown sugar
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1 tsp. 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 degrees F/160 degrees C. Divide dough into 24 balls; press into two 12-cup mini muffin tins, pushing dough up over edges. Refrigerate. Mix brown sugar, chocolate, 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.

Makes 24 tartlets.

Date: January 30, 2007