Pecan Tassies are the perfect bite-sized treat. Some people might call it a pecan tart, others a mini pecan pie.
The recipe I use for is very old.
It was given to me by my mom who got it from my grandmother or an aunt.
It 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.
I remember being so careful and cautious, and they turned out. But it took me all day the first time.
I used to make these for my grandpa.
He never asked for much, so anytime he asked, I made them.
I was one of the few in the family that would make them for him. They were time-consuming to make.
They were a labor of love.
Then one day, I discovered a small tamper that reduced the time to make these by half.
Times have changed, I am more about speed and taste these days!
If your budget allows, I recommend you buy one if you intend to make many of these for the holidays.
Or you can go old school and form them individually with your clean fingertips. This would be the appropriate way, not the fast way.
Now I can make a couple of batches in an afternoon and spread the joy far and wide.
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.
I recommend using diced pecans. It is kind of a small opening on these tarts. Pecan pieces can even be too big.
Now if you are dead set on using whole pecans, I would place a pecan into each individual tart.
Mix the rest of the ingredients, omitting the diced pecans and then spooning the rest of the ingredients over the pecan.
Just like with a pecan pie, the pecans will float to the top.
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- Mini Pie Tin
- Tart Tamper
- 1 cup butter softened
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 cups flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups diced pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare mini cupcake tins by spraying with baking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, combine butter and cream cheese, beating until fluffy.
- Add flour and mix until all flour is absorbed.
- Roll dough into 48 equal sized pieces of dough and place into cups of mini cupcake pans.
- Form dough around the bottom and up the sides of each cup of the pan.
- In a separate bowl, combine all filling ingredients and mix well.
- Place equal amounts of filling into each dough cup.
- Place into the preheated oven.
- 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.