Yard Farm Pecan Tassies
These are delightful little traditional Southern cookies. The word Tassie is a Scottish word meaning “cup” so, technically, they’re pecans in a cup! They have a flaky, buttery crust with a soft pecan filling inside. It’s a pecan pie in two bites and we guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one!
1-1/4 cups pecans, finely chopped or lightly ground in a food processor
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese at low speed until well blended. Add flour, salt, and 1/2 cup pecans; beat until blended.
3. Shape dough into 24 balls using lightly floured hands. Place 1 ball in each cup of a miniature muffin pan. Press dough on bottom and up sides of each cup to form shells.
4. Whisk together brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. butter, egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Fold in remaining pecans. Spoon about 1-2 tsp. of filling into shells.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Makes 24 servings.
The original story was written by Elizabeth Bishop Later for A Place Called Home. A Place Called Home is a memoir of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, South Carolina. You can purchase the book and read more from the book and writings of Sonny Bishop and Elizabeth Bishop Later at BishopsBest.com. We are very grateful for Elizabeth and Sonny’s Beaufort memories, local lore and history, and some musings with us all.