Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 40 Mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 2 tarts)

There are many make-ahead opportunities for preparing this dessert, so you can have it on hand whenever you want. The hazelnut dough can be made and frozen for up to 3 months. Form it into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap for added protection against freezer burn, and slip the wrapped dough into a ziplock plastic freezer bag. Thaw the dough, still wrapped, in the refrigerator. You can also form and bake the tart shells a day ahead, and store them at room temperature; or you can cool them completely, wrap in aluminum foil, transfer to a ziplcok plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. The filling comes together in minutes, but you can mix it 2 days ahead and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the tarts. Bring the filling back to room temperature before spooning it into the tart shells.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and spoons; level with a knife. Pulse flour and 1/2 cup raw nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Beat granulated sugar, butter, oil, and milk at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until well combined, about 90 seconds. With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture; beat until just combined.

Step 3

Divide dough evenly between 2 (12-cup) miniature muffin pans coated with baking spray or 2 (12-cup) nonstick miniature muffin pans. Press dough into bottoms and up sides of cups. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes. Carefully remove crusts from pans.

Step 4

Process spread, cream cheese, powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling into each tart crust. Chill 1 hour. Top each crust with 2 Candied Hazelnuts.

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