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Active time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes, plus 1 hour for chilling dough

Brown sugar and a touch of salt in the filling produces a butterscotch-like layer in each one. Toasted pecans rise to the top and add crunch to each bite.
  • subheading: For the crust:
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces/60 grams) unsalted butter, softened, but still cool to the touch
  • 1½ ounces (40 grams) cream cheese, softened, but still cool to the touch
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (70 grams) all-purpose flour
  • subheading: For the filling:
  • 1 large egg white (see NOTE)
  • ⅓ cup (70 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, preferably toasted
  • ⅓ teaspoon fine sea or table salt
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