Pecan Tassies

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Pecan Tassies - Traditional Christmas Cookies with buttery crust, brown sugar and pecans

Pecan Tassies are one of my favorite cookies, for Christmas or anytime of the year.  They are like eating mini pecan pies, with a rich buttery crust, brown sugar and crunchy pecans. They are easy to make too, and much less intimidating to make than a pie.  Instead of rolling out the dough in a big pie pan you simple press little balls of dough into a mini-muffin tin, and fill them with pecans and topping.

Making Pecan Tassies for the Holidays

When they are finished they are the perfect bite sized little pies. While they are a traditional Christmas cookie you don’t have to wait for the holidays to make them!  I brought some to my nephew’s birthday part last week to share, and they were a big hit.  They make an excellent cookie to take to cookie exchanges, because they look more complicated than they really are.

Pecan Tassies - Holiday Cookies - perfect for a Cookie Exchange

Yield: 24

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup pecans


  1. To make the dough combine the cream cheese, 1/2 c. butter and flour in a food processor and process until it forms a big clump.
  2. Roll the dough into 24 1" balls and refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  4. To make the filling melt the 1 T of butter, and combine it with the egg, brown sugar and vanilla.
  5. Chop the pecans.
  6. Grease mini-muffin tins and press each ball of dough into the tin, pushing the dough up the sides to make a cup.
  7. Put 1/2 the pecans into the dough cups, add the filling mixture and then top with the rest of the pecans.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

Pecan Tassies - Christmas Cookies with pecans, brown sugar and a buttery crust

Cookies Make the Perfect Gift

I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.

Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!


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26 thoughts on “Pecan Tassies”

  1. These look so delicious! I’ll have to try them this Christmas! Thanks so much for linking up with us… featuring you next week 🙂

  2. Yum! Pecan pie is my favorite holiday dessert. These mini versions would be so dangerous to have in my house. (I want them anyway)
    Thanks for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.

  3. I have never heard of a tassie before but apparently it is similar to a butter tart which in my books is a great thing! Cannot wait to give your recipe a try, especially excite to give the cream cheese shell a try!

  4. 5 stars
    This reminds me of how much I love Pecan Tassies and your Tassies look delicious! Hope you are staying warm and cozy on this cold day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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