Friday, April 9, 2010

Pecan Tassies

This recipe comes from The Pampered Chef Cookbook entitled 'All the Best'. It is a fun cookbook with several recipes to liven any gathering. I love pecan pie but for some reason pies intimidate me. I am afraid of making pie crust; it seems so big. JoJo where are you?? I have tasted your pie crust, I know you have mastered it. Please help me!
In the meantime I can make Pecan Tassies which are described as 'a chewy pecan mixture that fills buttery pastry cups'. These mini treats taste wonderful, are simple to make and look beautiful on any dessert table.

Pecan Tassies

Tart shells
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup flour
Beat butter and cream cheese until well blended, add flour; mix until a soft dough forms. Using small scoop shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls of dough in mini muffin tins. Dip mini-tart shaper in flour; press into dough with even pressure until dough rises slightly above rim of pan.

2 Tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
Mix together butter and brown sugar, add egg and vanilla, stir is chopped pecans.
Using small scoop, fill each tart shell with level scoop of filling (do not overfill). Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes untill edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven, cool in pan 3 minutes. Remove from pan and place tarts on cooling rack; cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream to serve.
This recipe makes 24 tarts. Since this is a Pampered Chef recipe several PC tools are used. These are all great products, so useful in any kitchen. I use my mini muffin tin often, little bites are so much fun! The mini scoop is the perfect size for mini muffins, cupcakes and tarts. I also use it when making cookies for my grandkids, it is the perfect size for little hands.

Yes, I do sell Pampered Chef because I love their products and I like to encourage cooking! It is a good thing. I will place an order soon for Mothers Day, let me know if I can help you.
If you like these be sure and try my favorite pecan pie bar, it's amazing!


Kayte said...

I have a kitchen loaded, yes loaded, with Pampered Chef products and I love them all, use them all, and have to say that it is always fun being invited to a party to see the new stuff! Love these little tassies...the guilt is far less if you pop one of thsee in your mouth than a whole piece of pie!

Jenn Erickson said...

Cindy, if I had a platter of all the delicious things you linked up in front of me, I'd be in deep, deep trouble. There's nothing ho-hum, sorta tempting, or "maybe I'll try it" about any of your recipes. They're all fantastic!!!