The other night around 8:00 pm the phone rang and it was my daughter Katy with a food emergency! The recipe for one of her favorite desserts wasn’t posted here on Nutmeg Notebook and her sister in law “desperately” needed it. Months ago Katy had made a batch of these little darlings called Pecan Tassies and shared them with her husband’s family.
Katy’s sister in law had been thinking about those Pecan Tassie’s for a few days and contacted Katy asking for the recipe. I was happy to help. As we chatted on the phone I quickly typed up the recipe and emailed it to Katy. I told Katy I had recently seen a photo of the tassies in my picture file of recipes waiting to be posted and made a mental note that I need to post about them before the holiday season arrives. Then Katy revealed that she had also been thinking about the Pecan Tassies! Great minds think alike you know.
Clearly since this recipe had been weighing heavily on our minds I had no choice about what to post next.
Miniature pecan pies pretty much sums up the flavor but these are even better. I don’t care for pecan pie as it is too sweet for me. However this portion controlled delicate golden brown crust filled with a gooey pecan filling is just right. Now, you will be thinking about Pecan Tassie’s until you make them. At least you won’t have to make an emergency phone call to me to get the recipe. I know someone will ask me if you can use light cream cheese to make these and I must say that I have never tinkered with the recipe to lighten it. If you try to lighten it will you come back and let me how it worked? Without further ado I give you the recipe for Pecan Tassies.
- 1 – 3 ounce package cream cheese – left soften at room temperature
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter – left soften at room temperature
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon light Karo syrup
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
Blend together cream cheese and butter, stir in flour. Chill covered about an hour in the refrigerator. Shape into two dozen 1-inch balls. Place in ungreased (I give it a little spray with non stick spray for good measure) Teflon coated mini muffin pan. Shape into small pie crusts.
Mix brown sugar, egg, Karo syrup, 1 tablespoon of butter, vanilla extract, salt and pecans. Put one teaspoon of filling into each pastry and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 325 degree oven. Cool and remove from pan.
Makes 2 dozen
Serving Size: 1 tassie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122.35, Total Fat 7.96g ,Cholesterol 23.09mg, Sodium 17.53mg, Total Carbohydrates 12.03g, Fiber 0.43g, Sugar 7.2g, Protein 1.34g WWPP 3
Recipe Source: Once upon a time the Midwest based company that my husband works for solicited recipes from it’s employees around the US and compiled them into a cookbook. This is the first recipe I tried from that cookbook and I have been making them every holiday season since. The cookbook is not dated but I think it was published in the late 80′s or the early 90′s and this recipe came from Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Hi my name is Tami and I’m addicted to Starbuck’s Light Mocha Frappuccino. OMG are these things ever good! I had my first one back in the Spring on our way home from a trip to Anaheim Ca. It was late afternoon, we were hot and tired and stopped to get gas in the car. A Starbucks was nearby and well, the rest as they say is history. I’m not one who will usually spend calories on a beverage as I prefer to have something to chew on but this beverage is worth the splurge.
Almost everywhere I go these days I seem to run into a Starbucks. There is one inside the grocery store, inside Target, yet another in the strip mall next to Target. I go into the book store and guess what? Another Starbucks inside the book store, step outside of the bookstore and there is another Starbucks across the parking lot. So I order a grande size which is “only” 130 calories – not bad – but it really doesn’t offer any nutrition for that 130 calories, it’s mostly carbs. I limit myself to a max of two per week but sometimes I’m tempted to have a third as I start rationalizing what other 130 calories I could give up that day and swap for my addiction.
The weather here isn’t helping either – it’s still in the 90′s and feels more like summer than fall - which makes me want something cold to drink – which leads to thoughts about a Grande Light Mocha Frappuccino!
Just for the record, I have only had one so far this week.
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What’s your latest favorite treat?