Holiday Cookie-Tarts

  Butter tarts are nice,

Christmas cookies are swell.

Put them together 

and they go quite well

I was halfway through making the Company’s Coming recipe for Brown Sugar and Spice cookies when inspiration struck! Like a sugar-addicted child lunging for the last Halloween candy my idea took hold of my mind and smacked my curious taste-buds with inspiration. It turns out this recipe was destined to move in a very different direction. Rather than making sugar cookies, I’d make sugar cookie tarts.

Strange perhaps, but hey- why not?

The result- I’m very happy to say was delicious, unique and deeply satisfying. There’s nothing like taking a chance on something new and having it work out (especially if there are guests coming for dinner). Try these exceptional holiday ditties at your next gathering and you’ll be sure to impress the masses.

This recipe makes about 24 cookie-tarts

The cookies:

Grease a muffin tin and set aside

In a small bowl cream together:

1/2 c. butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 egg

In another bowl mix together:

2 c. unbleached flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

Mix two bowls together and combine well. (You may need to add 1-2 tsp water but only if the dough doesn’t hold together when pinched.) Warp the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Preheat oven to 350F.

The Filling

In a small bowl combine:

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. maple syrup

3 Tbsp melted butter

In another bowl mix together:

1  egg, beaten

1/2 c. raisins

1/4 c. chopped pecans

1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Now take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out to 1/8 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter that measures 3 inches in diameter and cut circles from the dough. Gently place each circle into your greased muffin tin and press the inside edge in to fit.

Once the muffin tins are filled with cookie dough, spoon 2 Tbsp of filling into each.

Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes. Wait 5 minutes for the cookie-tarts to cool before loosening and removing them from the muffin tin. Cool completely on a wire rack and then serve to your favorite people.

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