Upside-Down Pumpkin Pecan Tarts


  • 1-1/4 cups melted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 36 sheets phyllo dough (14×9-inch size)
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. Divide between 12 greased jumbo muffin cups. Sprinkle with pecans; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time until blended. Remove 1 cup for filling. Stir in pumpkin, flour and pie spice to remaining cream cheese mixture; set aside.
  • Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface; brush with butter. Layer with 5 additional phyllo sheets, brushing each layer. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Cut sheets into a 9×7-in. rectangle. Carefully press each stack into prepared muffin cups. Repeat with remaining phyllo.
  • Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon plain cream cheese mixture into each phyllo cup. Top with 3 tablespoons pumpkin mixture. Pinch corners of phyllo together and twist to seal; brush with remaining butter. Bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before inverting onto wire racks to cool completely. If desired, serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.
Nutrition Facts

1 tart: 487 calories, 34g fat (18g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.