This Mini-Tart Shaper has been one of my favorite baking tools for a very long time. It's not that I use it every day, but I am lost without it when it comes to holidays and baking my peanut butter cup tarts, for which I've included the recipe.
Pampered Chef offers this for only $4.00, and at first you wonder what it is and what to do with it. It's shaped like a barbel, made of a solid piece of hardwood, about 6" long with balls at each end measuring 1 inch. It is the perfect tool to use in a mini muffin pan to shape your pastry or cookie dough into the wells of the pan.
When you first get this shaper, it's recommended to wash with warm soapy water and towel dry as with most items you buy for baking or cooking.
This mini-tart shaper takes all the messy work out of pushing the dough into and around the wells of a mini muffin pan. The shaper should be cleaned after each use with just a little warm soapy water, hand dried and stored until you are ready to use it again. It is made in the USA and has a one year guarantee.
To make my peanut butter cups tarts all you need do is buy prepared sugar cookie dough. Shape it into one inch balls and place one in each well of your mini muffin pan which you have sprayed with PAM. Take the mini tart shaper, dip into flour and push down onto the ball of dough so that you have created a mini tart. Do this for each one and then bake in 350 deg. oven for 8-10 minutes, but do not overbake.
While your tarts are in the oven remove the wrappers from Reese's peanut butter cups. When the cookie tarts are removed from the oven, immediately push a candy into each muffin cup. Cool and remove with the tip of a knife. That's all there's to it!!