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Pumpkin Meringue Tarts with Whole Wheat Shortbread Crust
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These mini pumpkin tarts are a delicious offering for your Thanksgiving dessert table! Made with no refined sugar, the creamy custard filling is nestled into a buttery whole wheat shortbread crust, and topped with an airy toasted maple meringue. It's next-level pumpkin pie!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crust, meringue, Pumpkin, shortbread, tarts, whole wheat
Servings: 6 4 1/2-inch mini tarts
Calories: 649 kcal
For the Shortbread Crust
For the Pumpkin Filling
For the Maple Meringue
Make the Shortbread Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the flour, sucanat or coconut sugar, and salt in a bowl, and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  

  3. Press/knead the mixture with your hands until it forms a ball. 

  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions, and press each into the bottom and up the sides of 4 ½-inch mini tart pan.

  5. Place the mini tart shells on a baking sheet, and fill with Pumpkin Filling.
Make the Pumpkin Filling
  1. Place the pumpkin, sucanat or coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves in a bowl and stir in the eggs until incorporated.  

  2. Whisk in the cream, and pour about 3 ½ ounces of filling into each of the 6 tart shells.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges of the tarts are golden and the filling is set.  

  4. Cool completely, then top with Maple Meringue just before serving.

Make the Maple Meringue
  1. Place the egg whites and salt in a large mixing bowl and whip on medium-high speed until the mixture holds soft peaks.  

  2. With the mixer still running, carefully pour in the maple syrup in a slow, thin stream. 

  3. Continue to whip until the meringue holds stiff peaks. 

  4. Divide evenly between the 6 baked and cooled tarts, then toast with a kitchen torch, or in a 400 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Meringue Tarts with Whole Wheat Shortbread Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 649 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 493mg21%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 7580IU152%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.