There are many make-ahead opportunities for preparing this dessert, so you can have it on hand whenever you want. The hazelnut dough can be made and frozen for up to 3 months. Form it into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap for added protection against freezer burn, and slip the wrapped dough into a ziplock plastic freezer bag. Thaw the dough, still wrapped, in the refrigerator. You can also form and bake the tart shells a day ahead, and store them at room temperature; or you can cool them completely, wrap in aluminum foil, transfer to a ziplcok plastic freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. The filling comes together in minutes, but you can mix it 2 days ahead and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the tarts. Bring the filling back to room temperature before spooning it into the tart shells.

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40 mins
1 hr 40 mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 2 tarts)


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and spoons; level with a knife. Pulse flour and 1/2 cup raw nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Beat granulated sugar, butter, oil, and milk at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until well combined, about 90 seconds. With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture; beat until just combined.

  • Divide dough evenly between 2 (12-cup) miniature muffin pans coated with baking spray or 2 (12-cup) nonstick miniature muffin pans. Press dough into bottoms and up sides of cups. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes. Carefully remove crusts from pans.

  • Process spread, cream cheese, powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling into each tart crust. Chill 1 hour. Top each crust with 2 Candied Hazelnuts.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; fat 18.5g; saturated fat 5.5g; mono fat 7.9g; poly fat 1.8g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 26g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 18mg; iron 1mg; sodium 48mg; calcium 39mg; sugars 16g; added sugar 15g.