Kentucky Derby Tartlets

Southern Kitchen
Kentucky Derby Tartlets

Serves: 45

Hands On Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


45 mini phyllo shells

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate miniature morsels

1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/4 cup bourbon

1 large egg, lightly beaten


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange the shells on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the miniature morsels into the shells, dividing evenly.

In a mixing bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar, butter, bourbon and beaten egg; stir well. Spoon the mixture into the shells, filling each 3/4 full.

Bake for 20 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before serving.


Per serving: 60 calories (percent of calories from fat, 43), 1 gram protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 3 grams fat (1 gram saturated), 5 milligrams cholesterol, 41 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

Frozen pre-made phyllo shells make this take on pecan tassies a breeze. To toast pecans, spread nuts on a baking sheet and bake 5 to 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven until lightly browned.

If you have any leftover filling, you can cook it in the microwave and serve it over vanilla ice cream.

We used Athens brand for the mini phyllo shells in this recipe. 

Recipe courtesy of Joan Demer.