Pecan Tassies are a type of cookie I should make more often. They look kind of fancy, but are actually very simple. Here's a photo of the last batch I made.
So What Are Pecan Tassies?
Tassies are an old Southern dessert whose name comes from the French word "tassette" which is a small pocket or pouch. The pastry shell or "pouch" is usually made of only three ingredients - cream cheese, butter and flour. The filling is typically lemon or pecans. Pecans are native to the south so it makes sense that Tassies are an old Southern dessert
A Few Photos
The dough takes less than 5 minutes to make, and then you chill it for a while. Once chilled, you press little rounds into a mini muffin pan like this. You can tell I shaped these quickly and didn't put much effort into making them look pretty. I don't know why.
And here are the baked Pecan Tassies. They really are cute. Next time I'll try to make them neater.
- 8 tablespoons butter -- softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese -- ½ of an 8 ounce package softened
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup pecan halves
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 24 pecan halves no toasting required
- Spray a 24 indentation muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Prepare crust first. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add flour to butter mixture and stir until incorporated. Shape mixture into 24 neat balls; cover and chill 1 hour. (I set the balls in mini muffin tin and put the pan in the refrigerator). Press balls into discs and fit them neatly into the 24 indentation mini muffin tin; dough should come all the way up the sides.
- Filling: Toast the pecans using your favorite method (350 for 8 -10 minutes). Let them cool and then chop. Sprinkle chopped pecans in the pastry lined cups, dividing evenly among them.
- Stir together egg, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Spoon filling over pecans. Top each with a pecan half. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven. While tassies are warm, slide a knife around edge and lift tassies from pan.
- Tassies freeze very well!