Monday, March 4

Brownie Tarts

On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and then unrolled the parchment scroll, and read as follows:— 'The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, All on a summer day: The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts, And took them quite away!'

Apparently in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland the tarts were made from treacle, which I understand is  a sugar syrup common in Europe. Sounds tasty, but since I am a brownie fanatic, I thought I'd try my hand at brownie tarts.

They were delicious, and a perfect complement to my daughter's Wonderland-themed first birthday party last year.

Brownie Tarts
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tbsp raw sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese. Add flour and sugar; mix well. Chill for 1 hour. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in ungreased miniature muffin cups; press into the bottom and up the sides to form a shell.

2. For filling, melt chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat; stir in sugar, egg and vanilla. Spoon into shells. Top with hazelnuts.
3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until brownies test done with a wooden pick. Cool 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Yield: 24 tarts Calories per serving: 128 per tart

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