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Pumpkin Pecan Petit Fours

Dainty bites of bourbon pumpkin cake, filled with cream cheese pecan filling and topped with white chocolate ganache - perfect autumn petit fours for a tea or a party.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 - more or less depending on cutter size

Ingredients

Pumpkin Bourbon Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom

Cream Cheese Pecan Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 9 ounces of high quality white chocolate , chopped finely (can also use bittersweet)
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Pumpkin Bourbon Cake

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat eggs on high for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugars until thick and lemon-colored.
  • Add pumpkin and bourbon.
  • In another bowl combine flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt.
  • Fold into the pumpkin mixture.
  • Grease a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with high sides .Line with waxed paper. Grease and flour the paper.
  • Spread batter into pan.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  • Cool thoroughly.

Cream Cheese Pecan Filling

  • Beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until well blended.
  • Add the confectioner's and salt; beat until creamy
  • Blend in the pecans.
  • Add a little cream if needed to get a good consistency.

White Chocolate Ganache

  • White chocolate is a little more difficult to get smooth than dark chocolate. Make sure you have chopped it as finely as possible.
  • Bring the cream just to a boil and remove from heat; pour the hot liquid over the white chocolate. Stir with a spoon and then whisk until smooth.
  • Pour over the petit fours and chill.
  • 30 minutes before you are ready to serve the petit fours remove from the refrigerator.