Making tartlets for the holidays could become your newest tradition. The pecans in the crust in this recipe make for a nice crunch and a perfect balance for the tart cranberries and the tangy apples. Top them with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Photo by Andrew Barton

Cran-Apple Tartlets

From “Christmas at the Mansion”


1 cup flour
1⁄2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1⁄4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 1⁄2 cups fresh whole cranberries
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 1⁄2 tablespoons grated orange zest
3⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves


1. Combine flour, pecans, and sugar. Blend in butter and egg until mixture begins to crumble.

2. Press dough into the bottom and sides of a mini tart pan or small muffin pan, forming a thin wall. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine remaining ingredients and spoon into chilled tart shells.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the fruit is bubbly.

Yields 24-30 tarts