Pecan / Fudge Tassies

Ingredients:

1 1/3  Cup Butter or margarine; softened
1  Package (8-oz) cream cheese; room temp
2 2/3  Cup Sifted all-purpose flour
3  Cup Coarsely chopped pecans
4  Eggs
3  Cup Light brown sugar; firmly packed
1/4  Cup Butter or margarine; melted
Few grains salt
1/4  tsp. Vanilla extract

Directions:

Work softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl until blended. Stir in flour. Wrap dough in wax paper and chill thoroughly. Heat oven to 350° F

Working with a small portion of dough, shape heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls. Keep rest of dough refrigerated.

As balls are shaped drop them into the cups of ungreased 1-3/4 inch muffin tins.

Press dough to cover evenly the bottom and sides of each muffin cup.

Sprinkle about 1 heaping teaspoonful of nuts over bottom of each cup.

Beat eggs in a bowl; gradually add sugar and melted butter.

Blend in salt and vanilla and beat until light and frothy. Spoon 1 tablespoon egg mixture on top of nuts in each cup.

Bake 15 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 250°F and bake 10 minutes longer. Cool cookies in muffin tins and remove carefully.

Repeat with remaining dough, nuts and filling.

Variation:

Fudge Brownie Tassies:

Prepare as above, except instead of pecan filling, in a small saucepan heat and stir
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
over low heat until melted; remove from heat.

Stir in 1/3 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. vanilla

If desired, place 1 hazelnut (filbert), almond, macadamia nut, or walnut piece in each pastry-lined muffin cup.

Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each pastry-lined muffin cup.

Bake in a 325° F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is puffed.

Each variation makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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About Delicious Goodies

Love life, the outdoors, photography, reading, cooking, baking, spending time with family. Just a girl next door in what I call paradise - Southern California. By no means a professional cook, I do enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and sharing with others. I hope you enjoy what you find here! I have one Vegan in the family, so we are always making two meals, rather fun, and it allows us to try new ideas. When I was in Middle School I use to help my Grandmother make cookie canisters - every year at Christmas we would make an assortment of cookies, breads, candy and put them in a wrapped canister and give them as gifts. I still enjoy this idea, although haven't done it that much - at least not an assortment of goodies. I think this year will be the year I go back to that idea and see how everyone likes it. Have a wonderful week, and spread kindness everywhere you go!
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