Pecan Tassies

A chewy pecan mixture fills buttery pastry cups for an all-time favorite Southern treat.

Ingredients

    Tart Shells
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter or margarine, softened (1 stick)
  • 3 oz (90 mL) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
    Filling
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1   egg
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pecan halves, finely chopped
  •  Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). For the tart shells, beat the butter and cream cheese in a Classic Batter Bowl until well blended. Add the flour; mix until a soft dough forms.

  2. Using the Small Scoop, shape the dough into 1" (2.5-cm) balls. Place the dough balls into the ungreased cups of the Mini Muffin Pan. Dip the Mini Tart Shaper in the flour, and press into the dough with even pressure until the dough rises slightly above the rim of the pan.

  3. For the filling, place the butter in a Small Batter Bowl; microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Finely chop the pecans using the Food Chopper; add them to the batter bowl contents and mix well.

  4. Using the scoop, fill each tart shell with a level scoop of the filling (do not overfill). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies are light golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the cookies cool in the pan for 3 minutes. Remove the cookies from the pan to a Stackable Cooling Rack and let them cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Yield:

  • 24  servings of 1 

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 130, Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Carbohydrate 11 g, Protein 2 g, Sodium 50 mg, Fiber less than 1 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 starch, 1 1/2 fat (1 carb)

Cook's Tips:

Butter will provide the best flavor when making these rich, miniature tarts.

You'll want to be sure to lightly flour the Mini Tart Shaper before forming each shell to prevent the dough from sticking.

The Flour & Sugar Shaker is ideal for sprinkling powdered sugar over baked goods for a pretty finishing touch.

To store the tarts, cool completely, then place them in a tightly covered container. For longer storage, freeze up to one month. To thaw, let the tarts stand at room temperature. You may want to sprinkle the tarts with additional powdered sugar before serving.

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