It’s that time of year… the time to bake our Croatian Christmas cookies! Each year, we toss in a few traditional cookies in the mix, such as Tea Time Tassies – also known as Pecan Tassies. These happen to be my personal favorite because I love the buttery, creamy-cheese flakey crust combined with the sweet, nutty Pecan filling. These tasty little cups are super easy to make, but take a little bit of time in order to mold the cups for the filling – especially when you make between 48-64 like we do! This recipe comes from my Great Grandmother’s hand-written recipe book…
- 3oz cream cheese
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs of butter, melted
- 1 tbs of vanilla (I use vanilla paste)
- 1/2 cup of pecans, roughly chopped
Before we begin, you’ll need the proper pan for Tassies, which looks like a pan for mini-cupcakes. They typically come in a large 24-cup tin, or smaller 12-cup tin. No need to butter/spray the ban, the crust is super buttery so as long as the pan is non-stick, you’ll be good to go!
- Preheat your oven to 325.
- Mix together the butter and cream cheese until well-combined and smooth.
- Add the flour, mix together.
- Using your hands, briefly knead the dough on a floured surface to ensure ingredients are well-combined.
- Grab a small chunk of dough, a bit smaller than the size of a golfball, roll it between your two hands to form a sphere, then drop it into the pan. Repeat this until you’ve filled up your entire pan and you’ve used all of your dough.
- Use your thumb to press gently in the center of the ball, then use your fingers to mold it into a cup – creating space for the filling.
- To mix your filling, start with mixing the brown sugar and egg together until the egg is blended with the sugar.
- Add the melted butter and vanilla, mix until well-combined.
- Lastly, add your roughly-chopped nuts.
- Scoop out the filling and pour it into the molded dough cups; filling them till they’re about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 3o minutes until cups are golden brown and filling has thickened.
You can serve these tasty Tassies warm, or at room temperature. Enjoy!
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