Pecan Tassie Cookies

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My mom makes the very best pecan pie. The. very. best.  It’s so delicious that I can only eat one bite (no kidding). That has always seemed wasteful to me. My dilemma was solved about 16 years ago when we were stationed in Japan and my dear friend, Liz (when you’re stationed overseas, your friends become like family and Liz’s family is part of my family now),  gave me this cookie recipe for Pecan Tassies. Each one is  a bite-sized (bite and a half, really) pecan pie and it’s a holiday favorite around my house.

3 pecan cookies on a white background with title text reading Pecan Tassies

Ingredients

3 oz cream cheese, softened                         1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup flour                                                         1 egg

3/4 cup brown sugar                                       1 Tsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla                                                        2/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Instructions

Blend cream cheese and butter together.  Stir in flour and chill for 1 hour.  Shape 2 dozen 1 inch balls; place in ungreased small muffin pans.

cookie dough in a muffin tin

Press dough against the bottom and sides of the muffin cups (if you don’t have the fancy pressing tool, fingers work just as well).

a hand using a wooden tool to press cookie dough up the sides of a muffin pan

Beat eggs and brown sugar, 1 Tbsp butter and vanilla together.  Put 1/3 cup pecans into the tarts.  Add the egg mixture and then top with the remaining pecans.  Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool and remove from pans.

pecans in cookie dough in a muffin pan

So pour yourself a glass of milk (or for those more grown up than I am, a cup of coffee) and enjoy my family’s Christmas tradition, Pecan Tassie Cookies.

3 Pecan Tassies on a white plate with a glass of milk behind it

What’s your favorite family cookie tradition?  Here are some of my friends to share theirs.

Holly from Pink Fortitude makes these Retro Sugar Cookies.  Holly’s Grandma Charlotte passed at Christmas time when she was a baby.  It was hard on her mom, so to honor Grandma Charlotte, Holly’s family makes her sugar cookies every year.  These are “old-timey dough and an old-timey recipe” (Holly’s words) cookie.

decorated sugar cookies on a white plate on a red, white and green striped towel with title text overlay reading Grandma Charlotte's Vintage Sugar Cookie Recipe

Corinne from WonderMom Wannabe shared these wonderful Gingerbread cookies.  She said her whole family  loves Gingerbread cookies and these  soft, delicious gingerbread cookie  uses butterscotch pudding mix in place of the molasses and don’t require rolling out and cutting.  Ooh, no rolling and no cutting are my favorite kind of cookie.

Pudding Mix Gingerbread Cookies

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11 Comments

  1. These Pecan Tassies look great. I love anything with pecans! I have one of these little pans, so now I must make these!

  2. Hi Susan – It was so much fun to participate in the cookie exchange with you! I love how you altered your mother’s recipe into these mini pecan cookie pies! Hugs, Holly

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  4. These look fantastic – I will have to try them! I love pecan pie and would love to see your mom’s recipe, if she is willing to share it…….

    1. Wanita, they really are delicious. I’ll have to do a post soon with my mom’s family pecan pie recipe. Thanks for the inspiration.

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