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Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies are a favorite Southern cookie, especially during the season of Christmas.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bake, christmas cookie, cookie, pecan, Praline, southern dessert, tassie
Servings: 24 Tassies
Calories: 118kcal

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    Ingredients for Pecan Tassies

      for the dough

      • 3 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
      • 1 cup flour sifted

      for the filling

      • 1 large egg
      • 3/4 cup brown sugar
      • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened to room temperature
      • salt just a dash
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla
      • 2/3 cup pecans chopped; may use half walnuts and half pecans


      The Method

        for the dough

        • Using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together. Sift in flour and beat well. Gather into a ball and wrap in plastic film. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
        • After chilling, cut dough into fourths using a bench scraper. From each quarter, cut siz equal pieces. Roll into balls. If a few of the dough balls are considerably larger than others, simply pinch off a bit of dough from a large dough ball and add it to a smaller ball.
        • Place balls in small, ungreased mini muffin tins. Press dough into sides and bottoms of each cup. **NOTE: if you have a honey dipper, I have found this an excellent tool for evenly pressing the dough into the muffin cups, as demonstrated in my video above.

        for the filling

        • Heat oven to 325°F. Have ready mini muffin pan(s) to accommodate 24 pieces.
        • Using a handheld mixer, cream the brown sugar and the egg. Add the butter, salt, and vanilla and cream until light and fluffy.
        • Divide half the chopped nuts into the pastry-lined muffin tins. Add a spoonful of the sugar mixture atop each pile of nuts. Top evenly among the cups with the remainder of nuts.
        • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the filling is largely set and the tops are light golden brown.
        • Remove from the pans by gently flipping. Allow the tassies to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
        • Store wrapped in plastic film on the counter, or in tins for up to 1 week. Tassies may be frozen for up to one month.


        Serving: 1Tassie | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

        Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.