Pecan Tassies – 25 Days of Christmas Cookies

These tiny pecan pies are very tasty, look wonderful on a cookie tray or in an assortment of cookies and will almost always be the first cookies to disappear.  Make plenty to give as gifts.

Pecan Tassies

Makes 3 – 4 dozen

20171212_153910.jpgDough:

  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup flour

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Filling:

  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

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For dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream butter and cream cheese together until well blended.
  2. On low speed beat in the flour just until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  3. Spray the inside of 4-12 tart, tiny tartlet pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  4. Using a scoop or measuring spoon, measure the dough into rounded teaspoonfuls and roll them between the palms of your hands into balls.
  5. Place one ball of dough in each tiny tartlet tin.  If the dough becomes too soft to hold its shape, refrigerate it briefly.
  6. Carefully press the dough against the bottom and sides of each tartlet using your fingers or a drink muddler.  Be careful not to let the tin show through, as the filling will stick to it.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.

 

For Filling:

  1.  In a medium bowl combine the filling ingredients except for the pecans and stir them together until smooth and well blended.
  2. Once filling is smooth, stir in the chopped pecans.

 

Assemble cookies:

  1.  Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling into the pastry.
  2. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until set but still soft in the centers.
  3. Cool completely IN the pans on cooling racks.
  4. Carefully remove from tartlet pans using a small knife or spatula to run around the outside of pastry before gently lifting out of pans.
  5. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

These cookies take some time to make and might be considered a labor of love but if you or someone you love has a thing for pecan pie, you will be their hero for making Pecan Tassies.

Merry Christmas

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