Pecan Tassies are the perfect bite-sized treat! Bring these homemade tiny tarts to your next holiday party.
This vintage recipe for Pecan Tassies was given to me by my mom, who got it from my grandmother. I love a family recipe passed down through the generations because even if I’m making it alone, I can feel the love of my family in my kitchen!
This is one of the very first “complicated” recipes I attempted to make after I had a few years of cooking experience. I was still pretty inexperienced at this point, and I remember being so careful and cautious. They came out good, but it took me all day the first time!
Try adding a few of these to your next cookie tray, people will think you spent a lot of time making them, and I bet you will be one of the few that actually take the time and love to make them.
- Butter — a cup softened for the dough and 2 tablespoons melted for the filling
- Cream cheese
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Diced pecans
For this recipe, I recommend using diced pecans. These tarts have a small opening, and pecan pieces can be too big.
If you are determined to use whole pecans, I would place a pecan into each individual tart. Mix the other ingredients, omitting the diced pecans, and then spoon the mixture over your whole pecan.
Just like with a pecan pie, the pecans will float to the top!
How to Make It
You’ll need mini pie pans for these Pecan Tassies, and I suggest a tart tamper if it’s in your budget. You can mold these with clean hands for an all-vintage approach, but the tamper speeds up the process and makes them uniform with ease.
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and prepping your mini pie tins by spraying with baking spray.
- Next, start mixing. Combine the softened butter with the cream cheese and beat until fluffy. Once fluffed, add the flour and mix until it’s all absorbed. That’s your dough!
- Now, roll your dough into 48 equal-sized pieces and place each into the mini pie tins.
- Mold the dough around the bottom and up the edges of the pan with a tamper or your clean fingers.
- Time for the filling! Mix your eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and diced pecans in a large bowl. Divide evenly between dough cups.
- Then, place mini pie tins into 350°F oven and bake for about 25 minutes until the crust turns golden brown.
- Once done, remove tins from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before handling.
- After they’ve cooled, carefully remove each cookie from the pan and set on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
If I’m making these for a party, I plan to bake them a day before I need them. Unlike most cookies, these aren’t best fresh from the oven! You want them to cool completely to let the filling set.
How to Store
I love making tons of Pecan Tassies during the holidays for gifts and parties. Always check about nut allergies before gifting these!
Pack them in airtight containers once they’ve cooled completely. If you store these at room temperature, they will last about a week. If you keep them in the refrigerator, you’ll get to snack on them for about two weeks!
What I used for this recipe
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Mini Pie Pans: You can use disposable pie pans for this recipe but I love this reusable tray! Just like a muffin pan but with a crimped detailing for the crust!
Tart Tamper: This double-ended tamper saves your fingers from so much work molding these cookies! Place into each dough ball and watch magic happen.
Mixing bowls: These stainless steel mixing bowls will last forever and have a silicone coating on the bottom to keep it in place no matter how long you’re beating egg whites!
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- Mini Pie Pans
- Tart Tamper
- 1 cup butter softened
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray mini muffin pans or pie pans with baking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter and cream cheese, beating until fluffy.
- Add flour and mix until all flour is absorbed.
- Roll dough into 48 equal sized pieces and place into cups of the pans.
- Form dough around the bottom and up the sides of each pan.
- In a separate bowl, combine filling ingredients and mix well.
- Place equal amounts of filling into each dough cup.
- Place into the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust has turned golden brown.
- Remove from oven.
- Allow tassies to cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove each cookie from the pan and set onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.