Game Day Provisions 101: Chocolate-Pecan Chess Tartlets

Game Day Entertaining: Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pies By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Editor-in-Chief Author Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Southern Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host Birmingham Alabama Cooking Lessons Tailgate Party Ideas Game Day Entertaining

 Sweet Thing

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When rocking around the clock works up an appetite post game win, a short stack of petite pies cut in for a sweet surprise. The good news is that there’s no need to slice or portion a thing so guests can cha-cha their way to the table & help themselves to a delightful morsel. Chocolate-Pecan Chess Tartlets yield two dozen bites but the recipe can easily be doubled to serve a much larger crowd. A quick-to-prepare pastry dough is portioned into a miniature muffin tin while the filling consists of many pantry staples making this dessert a No. 1 contender for your next gathering. Top the pies with pecans or score style points by piping white frosting over them to resemble the laces on a football. The choice is yours. Follow my tips & advice to make your tailgating social the talk of tent row.

Game Day Entertaining Chocolate Pecan Chess Tartlets By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Southern Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host Party Ideas WBRC Fox 6 Cooking Lessons Original Tailgating Party Ideas Crafts

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makes 2 dozen

Style Points

Finely chopped toasted pecans elevate these beautiful tartlets. For a more casual look, omit the pecans & pipe vanilla frosting over the pies to resemble football laces.

1/2 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup ap flour
 1/3 cup finely ground toasted pecans
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
Garnish: Finely chopped toasted pecans

Beat the cream cheese & the butter with a stand mixer until smooth. Scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula. Blend in the flour & the pecans on Low speed until a dough forms. Divide the mixture into 24 pieces & roll into balls. Press the dough balls into each space of a lightly greased 24-cup mini muffin tin. Press the mixture evenly on the bottom & up the sides. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the brown sugar, the butter, the cocoa & the vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk in the buttermilk until blended. Add the egg & whisk just until smooth. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden & the filling is puffed. The tartlets will level as they cool. Sprinkle with the nuts, if desired, gently pressing into the surface of the pies. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently loosen the pies with a paring knife. Cool completely in the pans.

The Extra Point

Pack the tartlets in a portable container with a lid if traveling. Place a sheet of wax paper between layers to keep the pies stable & looking their best.

Game Day Entertaining: Tailgating Recipes Crafts & Party Ideas By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Sports Entertaining Southern Hostess TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6FROM THE KITCHEN OF BUTTERMILK LIPSTICK

{helpful advice}
How To Toast Pecans

Toasting pecans ahead adds an extra layer of depth to recipes.
Any time it’s included in the process, do not over look this key step.
Follow my easy instructions to take care of the task quickly.

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The Technique 

Arrange 1 cup pecan halves on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until fragrant.
Cool completely. Use as directed in recipe preparation.

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