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Pecan Tassies - My Favorite Christmas Cookie
My all time favorite Christmas Cookie, the Pecan Tassie, just like a mini pecan pie.
Chopped 3/4 cup pecans
Finely chopped 1 1/4 cups pecans
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add salt to flour and mix together to form pastry dough.
Roll into 48 small one inch balls. Refrigerate for at least one hour. In the meantime, make filling.
Lightly toast 2 cups pecans.
You can use a magic bullet to grind the 1/1/4 cup pecans or just chop very finely.
Mix melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar and eggs.
Add ground nut mixture to egg mixture.
Press pastry balls into non-greased mini-muffin pan. I use a pestle to make room for filling and press in. Assemble by putting a a tiny bit of chopped nuts first and then top with filling.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Note: you can make these into 4 inch tarts with bottom-less tart pans for individual desserts.