Here they are, one of my favorite treats and one of the most requested desserts to bring to parties. These homemade Pecan Tassies are sweet little pecan pies but only on the smaller size. Take one bite and you will see what I am talking about, the crust is buttery and flaky and the golden pecan filling is totally luscious.
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Just like a pecan pie
sweet treats with a caramel filling and pecans
A little tassie history
Just in case you were wondering
A tassie is a very cute name for a miniature pie or tart originating in the 1700s in the south. The difference between pecan tassies and pecan pie is the tassies are made with brown sugar instead of corn syrup.
I am still using the Pecan Tassie recipe my mother wrote out on a piece of paper from 40 years ago, and I remember the first time she made these. Isn’t it amazing how food and memories go together? I love hearing how someone’s grandma made gingerbread men every year for Christmas, or how a great aunt made the most amazing bread. Old recipes from years ago are meant to be remade and cherished.
These tarts are really the perfect dessert, you can pick them up to eat, no fork required, they look impressive on a dessert table, they make the perfect dessert gift for the holidays and these classic tarts are everyone’s favorite.
You will be everybody’s favorite baker when you serve these tassies.
Here’s are the sweet ingredients you need for these Pecan Tassies.
- Cream Cheese
- Brown Sugar
- Chopped Pecans
How to make the flaky tart dough
In a medium-sized bowl mix the butter and cream cheese until well combined, then mix in the four. A mixer or kitchen-aide works well for this. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.
How to make the pecan tassie filling
In a medium bowl beat the eggs with a fork then add the brown sugar, melted butter, salt, and vanilla. Mix until everything is combined.
How to make and fill the tart shells
- Roll 48 dough ball and place into a miniature muffin tin.
- Using a tart dough tamper press down on the dough balls to create a well in the muffin cups. You can also use your fingers to press the dough into the muffin cups.
- Add a sprinkling of chopped pecans, then the filling, and top with more chopped pecans and bake. If you buy whole pecans or pecan halves chop them down fairly small. Using a simple food chopper makes this easy to do. You can also use a chef’s knife to chop the pecans.
You may want to make an extra batch because these tassies go fast.
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I love how simple family recipes hold fond memories that last generations
Pecan Tassie Crust
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups AP, flour
Pecan Tassie Dough
- Mix the butter and cream cheese together. Add in the flour and mix to combine.
Pecan Tassie FIlling
- In a bowl, add the eggs and lightly whisk.
- Mix in the brown sugar, melted butter, salt, and vanilla.
Making the Pecan Tassies
- Divide the dough into 48 balls and shape into the mini muffin tins.
- Sprinkle each crust with pecans
- Spoon in the filling to fill 2/3 full, then top with more pecans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. When tassies are done remove from the oven and run a knife around the edges to release from the muffin cups. Let cool then remove from the pans.
Sweet Miniature Pecan Pies
Once you pop the tassies out of the pan they are ready to eat. I will warn you they are totally addicting and I have learned to hide these or else everyone will eat them before my parties. Today I made a batch just for us to eat and enjoy with our tea.
Tools for making pecan tassies
The dough tamper is one of my favorite kitchen tools, to make shaping the dough quick and easy.
Food choppers come in handy for nuts and fruits. Just in case you have whole pecans this chopper will help you out.
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