Monday, August 18, 2008

Nut Pies for Blake!

These are little Pecan Tassies, or in my house knows as nut pies. Blake has always called pecan pie this, I am not really sure why though. He loves this pie and every Thanksgiving and Christmas my parents always buy 2 frozen pecan pies and gives 1 to him. So, it really was no surprise that this week when I asked him what he would like to bake, it was nut pie. Then he asked if he could make mini nut pies so that he could take them in his lunch to school.

These little tassies are really easy to make and quick to throw together. They are perfect if you need a finger food to take somewhere.

Pecan Tassies:

Tart Shells:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup all purpose flour

Filling:
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For tart shells, beat butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add flour, mix until a soft dough forms. (Blake did this in the KA with the paddle attachment.)

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place into ungreased cups of mini muffin pan. Press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cups.

For filling, mix melted butter with the brown sugar, egg and vanilla until combined. Add the pecans and mix.

Fill each tart shell with filling, do not overfill. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven, cool in pan for 3 minutes. Transfer tassies from muffin tin to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen.

11 comments:

Bunny said...

Blake Pecan Tassies are my favorite too! I also make them for the holidays,I don't know why I wait till then though cause they're good anytime! Yours look very good!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Pecan pie is one of my husband's favorites. He would aboslutely love these. I'll have to try these and surpise him.

Megan said...

Ooooh, pecan pie. I love it! Sadly, no one else in my house will, so enjoy an extra bite for me!

What a perfect lunch-box addition!

Megan said...

I love pecan pie too! Seems almost everyone does. :) These look yummy and a great school snack. Who am I kidding? Their a great anytime snack.

Deborah said...

I've just recently become a pecan pie lover - and this would be a great way to eat just a little bit!

Lisa said...

My mom makes these. I'm not real crazy about pecan pie, but she can eat almost all of them!! I like how they are individualized for parties and such!!

Ally said...

Pecan Pie is good.Normally i eat it to change my taste.

Jeanine said...

Mmm...Great job, Blake! Those little tarts look yummy! I need to get me one of those little doo-hickeys that makes the mini tart shells.

Gabi said...

I think nut pie is a great name for pecan pie! Blake is so cute with his Tassies- a man who can make nut pie is a real catch ;)

giz said...

I've always looked at nut pies as kind of a grown up type of request. Your little guy has some sophisticated taste happening and I can see why he would love these pies.

Megan said...

Hi April - I have two awards for you - see you soon!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nut Pies for Blake!

These are little Pecan Tassies, or in my house knows as nut pies. Blake has always called pecan pie this, I am not really sure why though. He loves this pie and every Thanksgiving and Christmas my parents always buy 2 frozen pecan pies and gives 1 to him. So, it really was no surprise that this week when I asked him what he would like to bake, it was nut pie. Then he asked if he could make mini nut pies so that he could take them in his lunch to school.

These little tassies are really easy to make and quick to throw together. They are perfect if you need a finger food to take somewhere.

Pecan Tassies:

Tart Shells:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup all purpose flour

Filling:
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For tart shells, beat butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add flour, mix until a soft dough forms. (Blake did this in the KA with the paddle attachment.)

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place into ungreased cups of mini muffin pan. Press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cups.

For filling, mix melted butter with the brown sugar, egg and vanilla until combined. Add the pecans and mix.

Fill each tart shell with filling, do not overfill. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven, cool in pan for 3 minutes. Transfer tassies from muffin tin to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen.

11 comments:

Bunny said...

Blake Pecan Tassies are my favorite too! I also make them for the holidays,I don't know why I wait till then though cause they're good anytime! Yours look very good!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Pecan pie is one of my husband's favorites. He would aboslutely love these. I'll have to try these and surpise him.

Megan said...

Ooooh, pecan pie. I love it! Sadly, no one else in my house will, so enjoy an extra bite for me!

What a perfect lunch-box addition!

Megan said...

I love pecan pie too! Seems almost everyone does. :) These look yummy and a great school snack. Who am I kidding? Their a great anytime snack.

Deborah said...

I've just recently become a pecan pie lover - and this would be a great way to eat just a little bit!

Lisa said...

My mom makes these. I'm not real crazy about pecan pie, but she can eat almost all of them!! I like how they are individualized for parties and such!!

Ally said...

Pecan Pie is good.Normally i eat it to change my taste.

Jeanine said...

Mmm...Great job, Blake! Those little tarts look yummy! I need to get me one of those little doo-hickeys that makes the mini tart shells.

Gabi said...

I think nut pie is a great name for pecan pie! Blake is so cute with his Tassies- a man who can make nut pie is a real catch ;)

giz said...

I've always looked at nut pies as kind of a grown up type of request. Your little guy has some sophisticated taste happening and I can see why he would love these pies.

Megan said...

Hi April - I have two awards for you - see you soon!