Pecan Tassies Make Delicious Christmas Cookies


Pecan Tassies Recipe

Pecan Tassies Make Delicious Christmas Cookies

Pecan Tassies Make
Delicious Christmas Cookies

This is one of my family’s tried and true Christmas cookie recipes. It belonged to a longtime family friend and I remember her baking these pecan tassies with my grandmother every December. They always baked in my grandmother’s kitchen while us kids ran around waiting for cookies to emerge from the oven.

With their luscious gooey center and crunchy pecan topping, these pecan tassies were among our favorite Christmas cookies. Luckily, my grandmother had a few secret hiding places — otherwise, these cookies would not have lasted until Christmas day!

This recipe is easy to make since the pastry dough and the filling are both mixed with an electric mixer. No rolling is involved with the pastry dough; you simply press it into the muffin pan cups. The more muffin pans you have, the faster you will be able to prepare these pecan tassies.

Store these cookies tightly sealed in a food storage container and they will taste fresh for up to three weeks. They do not need to be refrigerated.

Pastry Shells Prepared For Pecan Tassies Recipe

Pastry Shells Prepared
For Pecan Tassies Recipe

Pecan Tassies
From the Kitchen of Aggie Eschbach Toncik, 1912 – 2007

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 tsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans

Yield: 78 to 80 pecan tassies (mini muffin size)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Add the flour, 4 sticks of butter, and cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and blend with a flat beater to form the pastry dough.

Press the pastry dough into the cups of ungreased mini muffin pans to form a shell for each pecan tassie. Depending on the number of pans you have, you may need to make these in batches. Set these pans and any remaining dough aside.

Blend the eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, and vanilla together in a clean mixing bowl. Pour this syrup into a large measuring cup.

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These Pecan Tassies Are
Ready For The Oven

Carefully pour the syrup from the measuring cup into each pastry shell. They should be three-quarters full when you are finished pouring.

Top each pastry cup with a sprinkling of chopped pecans.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. The pecan tassies are done when you can rotate the tassies within their cups. Immediately after removing them from the oven, gently lift the tassies from the pan. Place them on a lint-free cloth to cool.

These pecan tassies are delicious warm right out of the oven or served at room temperature. Keep them tightly sealed within a plastic food storage container at room temperature for up to three weeks. They will make a fabulous addition to your Christmas cookie recipe collection!

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Miz Helen
Miz Helen

We just love Pecan Tassies and your recipe looks delicious, its just in time for holiday entertaining. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

Terri @ that's some good cookin'
Terri @ that's some good cookin'

I found your site through Miz Helen's Country Cottage and I am so glad. I have eaten tassies, but have never made them. That will change this weekend. I am a huge fan of time honored, tried and true, beloved recipes like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Jennifer Rollins
Jennifer Rollins

OMG! I have never seen another tassie recipe that used cram cheese in the crust! Very close to the recipe we use in our family and they ARE divine! I am hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange and would love for you to check it out and link up!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

Oh, yum! I love these! They look delicious. I would love for you to join my weekly linky, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, sometime!

Rebecka Evans
Rebecka Evans

I wanted to stop by and thank you for linking your Pecan Tassies to my Christmas Cookie Exchange-Linky Party!! I'll be making some of your delicious tassies this weekend to add to my Christmas goodie bags! Your site is filled with a wealth of kitchen and cooking knowledge...very helpful and well thought out! Joining you on FB and following your site!!


Hi, Terri. Have fun baking this weekend. I visited your blog last night and really like the style and flavor of it. Your recipes look delicious (langostino pasta, for one!) and your photography is beautiful, too. I'll be back. Thanks for visiting toolsforkitchens.


Thank you for the invitation, Dorothy! I just stopped by your party with a few recipes. What a great site you have! Thanks for visiting toolsforkitchens.


Hi, Rebecka. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipes and appreciate your compliments! :) Merry Christmas!