Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pecan Tassies

I have made this recipe many, many times.  Such a great goodie to take to parties.  This is a Pampered Chef recipe.  They have alot of great simple recipes.  You can find some on their website but not all of them.  Most are published in their cookbooks.  Twice a year with each new catalogue they have a $1 cookbook that has about 15 or so recipes.

Anyway, back to the Tassies.  Little pecan pies of goodness.  This last time I substituted some of the pecans with chocolate chips for a little change.  The recipe calls for using a tart shaper which is just a small wooden tool with a nob on the end that presses the dough into the mini muffin cups to creat the tart shells.  I lost mine but I found that the handle of my wooden juicer worked pretty good.  Just look around in your drawer to find something that works or use your fingers. 

Pecan Tassies

1 stick of butter, softened
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1c AP flour
2T butter, melted
3/4c brown sugar
1 egg
1t vanilla
1c chopped pecans
powdered sugar (for sprinkling on top of tarts)

Mix the stick of butter, cream cheese and flour to make the tart shells dough.  Place 1 inch balls into 24 mini muffin cups.  Dip tart shaper into flour and press dough into tart shape.  For filling, mix remaining ingredients and place about 1 tablespoon into each shell.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 mins.  Cool in pan for 3 mins then remove to cooling rack.  Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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