Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Pecan Tassies

Close-up view of bite-sized pecan tassies, a type of pastry. Each tassie features a golden brown crust filled with a mixture of chopped pecans, sugar, and butter.

These bite-sized treats are the perfect combination of a buttery crust and a sweet, nutty filling. Pecan Tassies are perfect for any occasion. If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious treat with your family, Pecan Tassies will surely be a hit. So, let’s get started and learn how to make these delicious treats!

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EQUIPMENT: Bowl, spoon, mini muffin pan, oven


  • Dough: 
    • 4 oz softened cream cheese 
    • ½ cup softened butter 
    • 1 cup flour 
    • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • Pecan Filling: 
    • 1 cup pecans, chopped 
    • 1 ea egg 
    • ½ cup dark brown sugar 
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
    • 1 tsp vanilla 
    • 1/4 tsp salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Gently mix the ingredients of the dough, pat it into a ball, and chill for about 1 hour. 
  3. Shape dough into 24 small balls or pinch about 1 tablespoon of dough and press into greased mini muffin cups. 
  4. Evenly divide the pecans into the cups. 
  5. Mix egg, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt for filling. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of filling mixture over pecans 
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

Recipe provided by: Maryland University of Integrative Health