NOTES: You can make these tartlets up to 1 day ahead; cool, cover, and store at room temperature. Serve them with vanilla ice cream. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 hour, plus 1 hour to cool.
2 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith (1 lb. total), peeled, cored, and chopped
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup chopped Medjool dates
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
In a 2- to 3-quart pan over medium heat, stir apples, cranberries, dates, wine, honey, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1/4 cup water often until apples are soft when pierced and liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until blended. Add egg yolks and molasses; beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cloves; beat on low until incorporated into a stiff dough.
Divide dough into thirds. On a floured board, with a floured rolling pin, roll out one of the thirds 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into star shapes (reroll scraps to bake as cookies). Divide 2 remaining thirds into thirds. Press each piece over bottom and up sides of a 4-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Spoon warm fruit mixture into shells and spread level. Top each tartlet with one or more stars; sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Set tartlets on a 12- by 18-inch baking sheet.
Bake in a 400° oven until pastry is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a rack about 1 hour. Remove pan rims and set tartlets on dessert plates.
Delicious - rich ginger cookie, and a filling enjoyed even by my Dad who doesn't normally like mince! It was fabulous with praline frozen yogurt, too. Leave plenty of time for cooling, as unmolding early can lead to breakage.
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