Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pecan Tassies


Judy Walker gets credit for introducing me to this new family favorite.  Well actually it's my husband's favorite.  If pecans are in it, he's all over it.  The homegirlz like to nibble on plain pecans. I like the Christmasy flavor of these tassies.  To be honest, I was swooning when I saw the dough was made of cream cheese.

It's three days before Christmas so let's get these baked!





Yield:  approximately 48 Tassies
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Pastry:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter
2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

3 large eggs, well beaten
2 cups brown sugar
4 cups chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Pastry:   Blend the cream cheese, margarine and flour. Divide into 6 equal portions, then divide each portion into 8. Spray tart or muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.  Press the dough into tart tins or small muffin tins.  The pastry will cover the bottom and sides of the mtart or muffin tin.  

For the Filling: Combine the eggs, brown sugar, pecans and vanilla. Pour into the pastry-lined tart or muffin tins.  Only fill 3/4 full. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

*After the tassies are baked and cooled, they can be frozen

Make these today so you can swoon too!!

51 comments:

Muneeba said...

I used to eat these regular when I lived in Canada - don't see these much around here. But thks for sharing a wonderful and simple recipe that I'll definitely try!

Chef E said...

Yum, this is a new one on me!

A Year on the Grill said...

can you really get too much pecans... I am loving the sound of this

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love these pecan thingees, Katherine. I love pecan pie---but of course I have to put a scoop of ice cream on it. YUM!!!!!

All of this fattening stuff???? DARN--why do "I" have a weight problem???

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

April said...

I love these!! My son calls them nut pies, it is his favorite!

Elra said...

Beautiful pastry, I like pecan so, it's hard not to like this.

Lucy..♥ said...

We love these Pecan Tassies!
I'm not gonna get around to making these this year, but my cousin did make them, and guess whose getting some ;-)

JodieMo said...

My neighbor across the street made these for me when I was pregnant and they were delicious!!

Cathy said...

Mmmmm - like a butter tart up here! I love any dough made with cream cheese.

Barbara said...

Love pecan tassies but would you believe I have never made them? They are a very southern dish, or so I have always thought.
Lovely recipe.

Happy Holidays to you!

tamilyn said...

I'm all about the pecans too!

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Wonderful! I love cream cheese pastry.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Wow! Cream cheese pastry, that's something new to me! This sounds like a great dessert, and I like that you can make it ahead of time and freeze.

Chris said...

Wait....is that PEAcans or PAHcans? Just want to use the right ingredient;):);)

The Japanese Redneck said...

They look sooooo good. Love me some pecans.

Dawn said...

I love these so much. I have pecan in my blood you know? :-)

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmmm... these do sound divine! Love pecans!

The Diva on a Diet said...

My husband would be all over these too. If I wasn't so sick of baking things, I'd make him some! LOL

I love pecans too, but prefer them in a savory way.

You're so right about that cream cheese dough ... YUM!

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Lord Have Mercy! If I wasn't exhausted from all the goodies I've already made, I'd sure give these a try and I might do it anyway! Merry Christmas Kat!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Where have these been all my life? They sound divine! Merry Christmas!

Deb said...

I got that recipe out of an old Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Recipe and Crafts book years ago - probably the '80s. I've made them every year since and they're probably the most requested one every year. I also make tassies with the same dough but with almond paste and raspberry preserves that are just as good!

Mary said...

Like itty bitty pecan pies - an oldie but goodie! How can you go wrong with pecans and cream cheese anyways?!! Sounds yummy Katherine.

Merry Christmas!

gigi said...

I won't have time to make these for this Christmas but I'm for sure filing this recipe for after the first of the year :)
Merry Christmas my friend!

burpandslurp said...

I'm definitely swooning! I wonder which lucky people go to devour them?

Julie said...

I don't think I've ever had a tassie, but I love that name! They look super yummy!

Marguerite said...

Love pecans and these Pecan Tassies are to die for!! Happy Holidays, cher!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow these lil babies look amazing great seasonal treat

buffalodick said...

Hadn't seen that one before! Pecans tend to be a Mason-Dixon line thing..

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are on my list for Santa! Yum!

Marjie said...

These look wonderful. I just got a tin of chocolate covered pecans from someone in Georgia, and they are wonderful!

Merry Christmas, Katherine!

Gladys said...

I love these! I made a batch of Almond Toffee yesterday. Oh honey it was so good it made my can of Almond rocca go hide in shame.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pecan tassies are a southern treasure.

Katherine, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday, Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noel.
Sam

Joanne said...

I love anythign with pecan filling so I know I would adore these! They sound fantastic.

Merry Christmas!

Helene said...

Merry Christmas!

Claudia said...

Oh yes! I adore these and yours look scrumptious. Mery Christmas!

sherri said...

Merry Christmas Katherine!

girlichef said...

These are some of the usual suspects on our Christmas trays every year...yum!!! Merry Christmas :)

Katy ~ said...

Gasp! I've only had the store bought, but these look soooo much better. No comparison.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Terrace Crawford said...

I'll eat about anything with pecans in it.

--Terrace Crawford
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Thistle Cove Farm said...

Just printed off the recipe and am looking forward to making some of these beauties; thanks!
They'll be a hit at the next quilting bee or community supper.

Cathy said...

These cookies are a favorite in my family and I bake them every Christmas. I always make extra so I can freeze some.

Ginger said...

Happy Holidays Katherine!

I am like Chef E, this is a new one on me! BUT YUM! I love the pastry recipe. Hope all is well and that you have an AWESOME 2010!

Gin

Sophie said...

Happy New year to you & your family!!!

these pecan tassies look so lovely & so inviting,...yum!

teresa said...

oh my gosh, such lovely cookies! i hope you're having a wonderful holiday!

Claudia said...

The recipe is grand. Just wanted to wish you a Happy New year - lots of wonderful southern pecans, and I left something for you on my blog!

Jane In The Jungle said...

Happy New Year Katherine!!

TavoLini said...

Looks good to me :) Anything with cream cheese is a good thing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Mae said...

Ok, two things I love about this recipe:

Simple and short list of ingredients
You can't beat the name "Tassies" - too cute

Beautiful blog!

Gramma Goodie said...

My mom made these every year. She is no longer with us so I will make them as gifts for my brothers.

Gramma Goodie said...

My mom made these every year. She is no longer with us so I will make them as gifts for my brothers.