We were going to a party and were asked to bring a finger food to share. Of course I wanted to bring a dessert.
Cookies seemed like the logical choice but I didn’t want to bring just cookies, I wanted to bring something a bit more. So, I went through my ‘cookbooks’ and decided that the dessert section would be a good start. I picked out a few possibilities but then I thought of the Pecan Tassies. The recipe was given to me by my older sister who made them frequently for gifts and when they had company. Perfect. Now I had to figure out where they were in my cookbooks because they weren’t in the dessert or pie sections.
I finally found them in with the cookies, under ‘other’. Not sure whether that was the proper filing but there they were! They were in between two other ‘lost recipes’ that I had made long ago: Date Filled Cookies and Hahas (an Armenian cookie), so much to share! Anyway, back to Pecan Tassies. They seemed perfect, so I ventured to give them a try.
1, 3 ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon of soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Cheese Pastry: put butter and cream cheese in a mixer and mix together until creamy. Add flour slowly until thoroughly combined. It will seem kind of craggy but that’s ok. Put in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator until finished with the filling.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Pecan Filling: combine egg, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and beat with mixer until very smooth. Fold in finely chopped pecans (I took chopped pecans and chopped them a bit more in the mini- prep).
Take out pastry and shape small 1/2 ounce pieces into ~ one inch balls. Shape all the pastry into balls to make sure that you use all the pastry evenly. Place balls into a Mini Muffin Pan (this is what I bought at Kohl’s. Anything similar is fine) and press balls into each mini cup.
Place a little more than one teaspoon of filling into each cup. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and the filling is slightly puffy.
Cream Cheese Pastry:
Rolling pastry into balls and pressing into cups:
All filled and ready to go in the oven:
Just out of the oven (hmm, one is missing!):
Yum! Turned out to be a big hit with my husband and son. Hope it works at the Party!
p.s. They were a success!