Caramel Pecan Tarts with Parmesan-Walnut Crust

Buttery parmesan cheese in the crust adds depth in flavor and a nice little bit of salt to these decadent caramel tarts. They’re an ideal sweet ending to a special meal.

Wisconsin Cheese Caramel Pecan Tarts with Parmesan-Walnut Crust Recipe
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Active Time
35 Minutes
1 1/2 Dozen


Parmesan-Walnut Crust:

Caramel Filling:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Parmesan can be used in this recipe.


Parmesan-Walnut Crust:

  1. Place walnuts into a food processor; cover and process until finely ground. Add parmesan; process just until blended. 
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in parmesan mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F. Press dough into ungreased 3-inch mini tart pans or muffin tins, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons dough per tart. Pierce with a fork. Place tart pans on a baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until crust is light brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Caramel Filling:

  1. Combine the sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil; cook, without stirring, until mixture turns amber (watch closely).
  2. Remove from the heat. Carefully add cream (mixture will bubble), stirring constantly. Add the butter, vanilla and salt; stir until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spoon into tart shells.
  3. Let stand for 15 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate until set. Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

In the U.S., cheese that is labeled parmesan must be aged at least 10 months.

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