Mini Shortbread Tart Shells

"Use tiny muffin tins 1-1/2-inch in diameter, you can make lots and then freeze them."
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  • Set oven to 300 degrees.
  • Prepare mini muffin tins.
  • In a bowl mix all ingredients with an electric hand mixer until well blended.
  • Pinch off small pieces of dough (do not roll the dough first) using your fingers pat into the muffin tins to form a "shell".
  • Prick the bottoms with a fork.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes (during the baking time prick bottoms again if the shells puff up.
  • Cool and fill as desired.

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  1. very good but you need to make the dough thin in the muffin tin. I made it too thick and it just kept puffing up. I filled these with a mushroom and sherry mixture. Sweet and savory.
  2. This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. Thanks, Kitten! I needed to add 1/2 to 3/4 cups flour as the dough was very sticky. If you use unsalted butter as I do you may wish to add a dash of salt. I kept my oven at 300 as suggested but increased my cooking time to 30 min. I used approximately 1 1/2 tsp. per tin and spread it as thin as I could. This made 3 dozen sturdy little cups. I plan to shape the dough into skinny logs and freeze it to have on hand. You could add ground nuts and extracts to make a stand alone cookie without filling. Allow plenty of time to shape the cups. They are well worth the effort.
  3. I was a bad girl, and even though you said NO SUBS I had no choice but to use shortening (butter flavoured) in these. They were still excellent. Next time I am using the butter for sure. Nice and sturdy, I used them as the shells for recipe 57335 (Turtle Tarts). The touch of sweetness made them perfect for that, without being cloying since the filling was so sweet. Using a tamper, I made mine a bit too thick and only got one mini-muffin tray of shells. The prep was easy, the cooking time was right on, and the results were perfect. Thank you!



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