Friday, December 9, 2011

Day Nine: Pecan Tassies

If you thought pecan pies were only for Thanksgiving, you are in for a treat. These tassies are pecan pies in miniature. Just as delicious, with a flakier crust and crunchier pecan layer.

I am particularly grateful because we skipped the pecan pie at Thanksgiving this year.

I like my tassies with a thick crust, but if you want a thinner crust, try rolling each ball into a circle before pressing it into the tin. It's more time consuming, but it will yield results closer to typical pecan pie.

These freeze well and are tasty with ice cream.

Pecan Tassies

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, 8 tablespoons at room temperature and 1 tablespoon melted
3 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup light brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with 1 3/4 inch openings.

Using an electric mixer, combine 8 tablespoons butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl until well mixed. Gradually add in the flour until a soft dough forms.

Divide the dough into two balls. Divide each ball into 12 circles. Place one circle in each tin opening, pressing the dough up into the sides to form a crust.

Prepare the pecan filling: In a small bowl, beat an egg lightly. Add melted butter and beat well. Stir in vanilla and pecans.

Fill each mini crust 2/3 full with pecan filling. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are firm and golden brown.


  1. Perfect for cookie trays, people just love them! These are slightly different than mine, so will try your variation this year. Thanks.

  2. Easy To Make And They Taste Like Holiday Love!

  3. Ooh, do you have a recipe up for these Kayte? I'll have to search around on your blog to see how you make them!

    Uncle Roy--I love that description of these!