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A Trip to Emerson’s Bakery & Some Mini Thanksgiving Treats- Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Make Your Thanksgiving Desserts Memorable…..

emersons bakery2I so desperately wanted to post a savory recipe today, but I spent the morning out shopping with my little girl and just didn’t have the time. We stopped by a little bakery tucked between CVS and another store in a strip mall on our way home to just go in and have a treat. We don’t usually buy pastries, I generally make them, but I’m on a mission to find local bakeries and see if I can’t duplicate some of their best work. Now how many pastries will I have to eat in the process to get it right? 😉


Earlier in the morning I had driven by and I saw so many people going in and out on their way to work I had to see what all the commotion was about. All I can say is, “WOW!”

emersons bakeryEmerson’s Bakery in Florence, KY is amazing. It isn’t very big, but I chose a cream cheese danish for myself and my daughter, and then had them wrap up a cream filled chocolate eclair to take home to my husband. (Which he gladly devoured with a string of “Mmmms and Yummmms”.”I was so anxious to try the danish, and stretch out our girl time, that we sat down and ate right there at the bakery.

emersons bakery3My little girl doesn’t like anything that isn’t chocolate and she ate HALF of the danish. One flaky buttery bite and she was sold. She would have eaten the entire pastry if I would have let her! 😉 I can’t blame her, the cream cheese was the absolute creamiest, I’m sure it had to do with the brand they use. (It might take secret ops to find out what brand that is.) And the amount of layers this thing had was insane! I couldn’t even take picture of it because between the two of us it was gone that quick!

This brings me to two points. First, I am determined to make my own cream cheese danishes. (I have had a bunch of them over the years, but never with the layers like this one had.) and I will definitely share the recipe if I can get them to turn out. Second, I wanted to repost my mini pumpkin tarts since we are so close to Thanksgiving and I’m sure most people are getting ready to go shopping this weekend for their Thanksgiving feast. The thing I love about these little guys is they are easier to eat if you are just standing around, they are easier for portion control, and they are just simpler than making big pumpkin pies. cranberry cheesecake7With these and some Sparkling Cranberry Cheesecake Minis you won’t be able to miss! (See! Look how cute they are together! 🙂 )I will try to toss in a few more Thanksgiving recipes before the big day hits next week so you can bake up a few goodies, have some recipes for leftovers, and sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Mini Pumpkin Tarts


By Angie Gouchenour

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Serves 24 (Only fills 20 shells so I will give you a bonus for the other 4)


3-2-1 Pie Crust (I used Light butter and Truvia)

1 ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

¼ cup of Homemade Evaporated Milk (Or canned)

You can find the rest of this recipe and post here

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