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Easy Holiday Cookie Recipe: Pecan Tassies

These sweet pecan treats are a holiday cookie classic. Here's our easy recipe!
 

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Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients: 
  • 3 oz package cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened, plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • ⅓ cup pecans, coarsely chopped, divided
Directions: 
 
1. Blend cream cheese and ½ cup butter. Stir in flour. Chill 1 hour.
 
2. Shape into 2 dozen 1" balls. (Divide before rolling to assure 24.)
 
3. Place in ungreased small muffin (1¾") pans. Press dough against bottom and sides using mini tart shaper or a spatula.
 
4. Beat together egg, brown sugar, the rest of the butter, vanilla, and salt just until smooth.
 
5. Divide most of the pecans among tarts; add egg mixture. (To cut down on the mess, add a little to all 24 and go back and fill in skimpy ones.) Top with remaining pecans.
 
6. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool. Keep several days, covered.
 
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Photo Credit: biffspandex/iStockphoto

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