Mini Preserves Tarts

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup Walkers Shortbread Rounds crumbs (~7 cookies)
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons Bonne Maman preserves (I used 1 tablespoon fig and 1 tablespoon golden plum)
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, blend the shortbreads until they resemble a fine crumb.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon and process for 10 seconds.
  4. Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, 15 to 20 seconds.
  5. Combine 1 egg yolk with 3 tablespoons ice water and 1 teaspoon almond extract.
  6. Add to flour mixture and process until the dough comes together, about 10 seconds. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Lightly dust a work surface with flour; roll out dough to just thinner than ¼ inch (6 mm). Using a round cookie cutter, cut out shapes and press into a mini cupcake tin. (I used a 2½' round biscuit cutter)
  8. Use a fork to press down the dough around the edges of each mini cupcake tin. Fill each with 1 teaspoon preserves.
  9. Lightly brush exposed dough with heavy cream. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer tarts from tins to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before serving.
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