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

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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. I love pecan pies at Christmas time. The idea of mini ones is a great idea. But I can see me eating more than normal and justifying it because they are small.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! My mother used to make these when we were little and I had forgotten all about them until I read your post. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I think it’s high time I made them for my family. Found you via the Pin It Party!

  3. this looks amazing!!! You will be featured tomorrow on Nap-Time Creations in the Create Link Inspire features. Be on the look out for the post and social media shout outs!! Emily


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