Southern Pecan Crisps


These easy mini pecan tarts feature puff pastry squares filled with brown sugar, butter and pecans. You might want to double the recipe...they're really good!

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 25 minutes
  • Bake: 12 minutes
  • Cool: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 20
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  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed according to package directions

  • 2 1/2 tsp. confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the brown sugar, butter and pecans in a small bowl.

  2. Unfold the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry into a 15 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 20 (3-inch) squares. Press the squares into the bottoms of 20 (3-inch) muffin-pan cups. Place 1 heaping teaspoon pecan mixture in the center of each cup

  3. Bake the pastries for 12 minutes or until they're golden brown. Remove the pastries from the pans and let cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle the pastries with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

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Puff Pastry fillings should be at room temperature. If they’re hot, they can begin to melt the pastry layers, which will affect the pastry’s ability to rise and puff.

How to tell if Puff Pastry is done baking? Take a sharp knife and nick off a teensy piece to test for crispness and flakiness.

Use a long, heavy rolling pin to roll out your Puff Pastry dough: it helps create a pastry that’s even all over and you won’t have to press down too hard to roll it out.

You can bake Puff Pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. For a more even rise, place a sheet of parchment paper on top of your pastry as well.

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Submitted by:
Kristin M.
Date: 10/8/2005

5 star rating

"I like the crisps!"

Submitted by:
Louise Y.
Date: 11/22/2006

5 star rating

"While everyone was enjoying the pecan crisps all I heard was YUMMMMM!"

Submitted by:
Veritta H.
Date: 10/2/2007

5 star rating

"It's very simple, elegant and delicious. Everyone loved them. I added a little cinnamon to the pecan mixture."

Submitted by:
Meg G.
Date: 10/21/2007

5 star rating

"I LOVE this recipe!!! Everyone always asks for these. They are easy and delicious."

Submitted by:
Jennifer E.
Date: 4/21/2008

5 star rating

"It's fabulous! This is so easy and so tasty! I will make this again!"

Submitted by:
Jacki P.
Date: 8/24/2009

5 star rating

"Took to a fish fry. Everyone loved it. Have to make copies of the recipe for all how tried it"

Submitted by:
Doris P.
Date: 8/18/2010

5 star rating

"I've baked for years, and haven"t found such an easy and tasty recipe."

Submitted by:
Lisa K.
Date: 4/13/2011

5 star rating

"4 ingredient faubulousness! OK, 5 if you count the dusting of powdered sugar. These are extrememly easy. I used a pizza cutter to cut the pastry into the 3 inch squares. They look fancy and impressive, and taste so delicious! I did learn after the first pan to cook a minute less, because the filling that runs under the pastry can burn easily. This said, it also is better to not over fill them. Enjoy making (and eating!!!) these little treats!"

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