2 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

Bake pecans at 350° in a shallow pan for 10 to 15 minutes or until toasted; cool.

Step 2

Remove rind from cheese; cut cheese into 24 cubes, and set aside.

Step 3

Roll pastry into a 15- x 10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface; cut into 24 squares. Fit squares into miniature muffin pans, extending corners slightly above cup rims.

Step 4

Bake pastry at 425° for 10 to 12 minutes or until it begins to brown. Remove from oven, and gently press handle of a wooden spoon into center of each pastry, forming tart shells.

Step 5

Spoon 1/2 teaspoon preserves into each shell; top with a cheese cube and a pecan half. Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts; serve immediately.

Step 6

* 24 wine-and-cheese crackers may be substituted. Top each cracker with 1/2 teaspoon preserves, cheese, and a pecan half; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. For testing, us used Prima Gourmet crackers.

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