Pecan Tassies

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

ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
Powdered sugar

preparation

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

Using Small Scoop, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls of dough into ungreased cups of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan. Dip Mini-Tart Shaper in flour; press into dough with even pressure until dough rises slightly above rim of pan.

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

Using Small Scoop, fill each tart shell with 3/4 small scoop of filling (do not overfill). Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven; cool in pan 3 minutes. Remove from pan to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

yields

24 servings

source

Pampered Chef, All The Best

notes

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.

To store tarts, cool completely, then place in a tightly covered container. For longer storage, freeze up to 1 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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