Pecan Tassies are like consuming bite-size pecan pies - sweet, nutty center surrounded by a wall of cheesy dough. It's difficult to eat just one of these, so bake more than one batch!
Ingredients: 9 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks)butter, softened, 3 cups all-purpose flour, dash of salt, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 tablespoons soft butter, 1 1/3 cups chopped pecans.
Instructions: Blend softened cream cheese and butter together in medium mixing bowl. Stir in flour and mix thoroughly. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In bowl, beat together salt, eggs, brown sugar and butter; add pecans and mix well. Remove dough from refrigerator and shape into 1 inch balls. Place a ball in one cup of an ungreased MINI muffin pan. With finger, press in middle against sides to form a cavity for the filling. Repeat with all dough, then fill each pastry-lined cup with about a tablespoon of filling-do not overfill. Bake at 325 degrees 20-25 minutes or until filling is set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute. Gently scrape around each cup to loosen and lift carefully to cooling racks.
Makes about 4 dozen tassies.