Baby Pecan Pies or Pecan Tassies

Pecan pie is GI Joe’s favorite dessert.  No that is incorrect!  Any dessert is GI Joe’s favorite dessert.  Before I could get these little babies cooled good, he had popped two of them in his mouth as we were about to eat dinner.  Dessert before dinner can be a good thing!

These are cute little pies that would be good to serve at a party.  If you are looking for a great recipe for the larger type pecan pie , you should check out Bakerella .  She just posted a great recipe.  Check it out if that is what you are looking for at www.bakerella.com .  It is the December 14 post.  Enough about that.  Let’s get started on making these Pecan Tassies.

This is what you will need for the crust.

1 stick of butter, 3 oz. cream cheese, and 1 cup all purpose flour

The butter and cream cheese should be at room temperature so you can easily work in the flour.  I was being very impatient and here is what I did.

What’s going on?

I put the mixing bowl on top of my crockpot to soften the butter and cream cheese faster.  I thought it was a pretty good idea.  It worked!

Mixing in 1 cup of all purpose flour into cream cheese and butter

Dough is ready to chill for about 30 minutes

While the dough is chilling the filling can be made.  It is so easy!

Filling – 1 egg, 1T butter, 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1 t. vanilla, 1/2 chopped pecans

For the filling beat together egg, brown sugar, 1 T butter, 1 t vanilla and a dash of salt until smooth.  Divide the pecans putting half in the filling and save the other half to place on top of the filling.

Mixing the filling

Stir in 1/2 the chopped pecans (1/4 cup)

Cut chilled dough into 24 equal pieces

Form into 24 balls

At this point you might need to put part of the dough back in the refrigerator.  It really depends on how fast you work and how warm your kitchen is.  You do not want it too firm because it will be too hard to work with.

Press dough into pan your thumb and spread

Using miniature muffin pans press each ball of dough into the pan with your finger.  Start by making an indention in the middle then pressing outward.  Be careful not to make the bottoms too thin because the filling will seep through and it will be hard to remove them from the pan.  That’s what happened to the two that GI Joe just popped into his mouth.  I guess he though they were good enough to eat , but not take a picture of.

All of them are ready for the filling

Place about a teaspoon of filling in dough

Top with remaining pecans (1/4 cup)

Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the filling is set.  Cool and remove from the pans.

Out of the pan and ready to enjoy!

Enjoy!

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Pecan Tassies

  • 1 3-oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • dash salt

Cheese pastry – Let cream cheese and butter soften at room temperature.  Blend together.  Stir in flour.  Chill for about 30 minutes.  Shape into 24  1- inch balls.  Place in ungreased 1 3/4 in. muffin pans.  Press dough against bottoms and sides.

Pecan filling – Beat together egg, brown sugar, 1 T butter, vanilla and salt until smooth.  Divide half the pecans among egg mixture and t0p with the remaining pecans.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool.  Remove from pans.

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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45 Comments

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45 responses to “Baby Pecan Pies or Pecan Tassies

  1. what delightful morsels these are! loving browsing your lovely blog today.

  2. KatyBurger

    I learned you need to chill the dough before preparing the rest of the tassies.

  3. Rachel Carvalho

    I would’ve never thought to let the dough chill before!

  4. kristin 1st

    I learned you have to chill the dough for 30 mins.

  5. Jessica Turner

    The look great but why do you have to let the douigh chill?

  6. ladd morgan

    I learned the sweetness of the dough and the saltiness of the pecan would make a dessert that would make this world a better place!

  7. Brett

    i learned that the butter and cream cheese should be at room temperature so that you can work in the flour easily

  8. Lucinda Hertlen

    I learned that you can put the mixing bowl on top of the crockpot it will soften the butter and cream cheese.

  9. Mandi 1st

    I learned that you should chill the dough for about 30 minutes before so that it won’t be sticky!

  10. Kamron Munch

    I like how you put your mixing bowl on top of the crock pot to make the butter and cream cheese faster. I also learned that your husband’s nickname is GI Joe.

  11. Nicole

    I learned when pressing the dough into the muffin pans you have to make sure that the bottom isn’t too thin because the filling will seep through the bottom.

  12. Haley V.

    I learned that if you put the mixing bowl ontop of the crock pot, it will soften the butter and cream cheese faster.

  13. Heather

    I didnt know you could make dough out of cream cheese, butter and all purpose flour.

  14. Jessica Headen

    i had no idea that you could make little mini pies this small.

  15. Kateca F.

    I saw that sitting the mixing bowl on the crockpot could soften its contents.

  16. bethanie

    i didnt know you had to roll the dough.

  17. Brittany M. 1st block

    Love to make home made pecan pie, and going to try this for the holidays since you can make them smaller and easier to serve.

  18. avery 1st

    I would never expect for cream cheese and pecans to ever be mixed together to make one dish.

  19. taryn

    this looks like you dont need a lot of cream cheese in it. can you taste it ?

  20. Mariama Jallow

    I love pecan pies! I can’t wait to make these for Christmas! i learned to chill the dough for 30 min before preparing the rest

  21. KhaMaria Jones

    this dessert looks very good. they are so small.
    I learned the dough should be chilled for 30 minutes

  22. Thomas Harris

    I didnt know that there was such a thing as mini pecan pies

  23. Chase DuCharme

    I learned that you need to make sure the dough on the bottom of the muffin pans aren’t too thin, because the filling will seep through the bottom.

  24. alaina blackstock

    i didnt know by putting the mixing bowl on top of the crockpot would soften the butter and cream cheese faster.

  25. LeKeitha2nd

    I learned that 30 mins before chilling your dough is very important

  26. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that while the dough is chilling the filling can be made.

  27. Abigail Kremer

    These look really easy to make and I never would have thought of a miniature pie, but it’s a really good idea.

  28. Daniel Vinson

    i didnt know you could make dough with cream cheese

  29. Olivia Jarriel

    I learned that you should let the butter and cream cheese soften at room temperature.

  30. ronda

    i didnt know that you can make a pie so small figured it would have a different name.

  31. BrittanyJ

    I’ve never heard of putting the mixing bowl on top of the crockpot to soften the cream cheese and butter!

  32. anissa g beason

    it a mini pecan pie

  33. Savoi G.

    I learned that you have to let cream cheese and butter soften at room temperature.

  34. kelsey reid

    I learned the butter & cream cheese need to be at room temperature.

  35. Adam

    I learned that if your kitchen is too warm, the dough will not be easy to work with.

  36. miya dixon 1st period

    this look like a dish that you could make with family it seem so simple

  37. Denisse

    i learned a new way to make mini pies!.

  38. Austin Whiteley

    I learned you need to chill the dough before fixing the rest of the tassies!

  39. shiya hargrow

    the pies look like danishes just a little bigger i have never heard of tassies before but it sounds like a good dessert

  40. jamal 1st pd

    I learned that you’re supposed to chill the dough

  41. Leka Labat

    I learned that if your kitchen is too warm, the dough will be harder to work with

  42. Andrew E.

    I didn’t know that putting the mixing bowl on top of my crockpot, would soften the butter and cream cheese faster.

  43. Myah Edwards(:*

    I learned the butter and cream cheese should be at room temperature so you can work it in the flour more easily.

  44. Kaytlyn 2nd

    I learned if you press the dough to thin the stuff can seep through

  45. i love pie! p.p but not coca nut

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