Pecan Tassies AKA Mini Pecan Pies #Giveaway

It had been at least a decade since I baked up some Pecan Tassies, so I turned to a new recipe and was dazzled by these glorious mini pies.
Pecan Tassies | Mini Pecan Pies in cream cheese pastry crusts

Pecan Tassies

Pecan pies and tassies do not appear on our menu very often. Nuts are ingredient non grata around here. I’m the only real fan, though the boys will begrudgingly eat them in cookies. These tassies are basically mini pecan pies with a cream cheese pastry crust. But there is one surprise ingredient. And I think that’s why I liked this recipe even better than my previous favorite.Pecan Tassies | Mini Pecan Pies in cream cheese pastry crusts

Our Little Secret

At my house, dates get the same bad rap as nuts. Since I was making these gems for company, I wasn’t phased a bit. The addition of dates adds a richness, a chewiness, and a fabulous nuance that doesn’t scream “dried fruit.” So I kept the recipe hush hush until my guests had a taste. It was after their glowing reviews that I revealed the unexpected twist.Pecan Tassies | Mini Pecan Pies in cream cheese pastry crusts


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    Pecan Tassies AKA Mini Pecan Pies
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    Pecan tassies with an unexpected twist! Adapted from A Private Collection
    Recipe type: Dessert, tarts
    Cuisine: American
    Serves: 48 tassies
    • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
    • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 2 cups flour
    • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
    • 1½ cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup chopped dates
    • 48 half pecans, optional
    • Powdered sugar to garnish, optional
    1. Preheat oven to 350º.
    2. Blend together the pastry ingredients in a food processor. Chill while making the filling.
    3. Cream the butter and sugar together for the filling. Add the egg and vanilla. Finally mix in the pecans and dates.
    4. Roll the chilled pastry into small balls and add to two lightly greased mini muffin tin. Press down with your thumb and then press dough so it comes up the sides of the tin. Alternatively, use a wooden tamper to form the shells.
    5. Fill each unbaked pastry shell with the pecan date mixture.
    6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, adding a half pecan about halfway through baking time.
    7. Cool tarts before removing from the tray. Dust with powdered sugar to garnish, if desired.

    Pecan Tassies | Mini Pecan Pies in cream cheese pastry crusts

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Pecan Tassies | Mini Pecan Pies in cream cheese pastry crusts


  1. I love pecan tassies and these minis are the cutest!

  2. This is perfect for Christmas time! I love pecan! Happy birthday to Coleen!
    Hava a wonderful December’s ! xoxo

  3. Sounds like a very rich crust! Bet they are great:@)

  4. oh these are darling for the cookie tray!

  5. As I hit the Print button!!!!! Wow – these look perfect for Christmas treats.

  6. The dates would also add a good bit of body to the little tarts, I love it. I only wish I had seen the post a couple of days ago, I have already made the butter tarts for a party I’m catering on the 9th. Next time!

  7. A favorite for the holidays! 🙂

  8. I love these and it’s pretty close to my recipe for them, except for the dates. Have to try that soon.
    Good giveaway also, but I have way too many gadgets and no room for them. Thanks for the recipe, Liz!

  9. A friend winters in Arizona and brought me back some fresh Medjool dates. YEAH! I’m all ready to make these beautiful little tassies.

  10. these lil pecan tassies look delicious!!!!

  11. I love nuts and dates. These pecan tassies look so yummy!

  12. Dates are indeed Mother Nature’s natural sugar….I should use them more in baking….Think I’ll start with your nutty wonders =)

  13. I need to make a batch soon. Dates don’t deter me. Thanks, Liz.

  14. Awesome giveaway, Liz! Good luck to all! xoxo

  15. Never heard of the name Pecan Tassies specifically but I am all about pecan pies! Dates is a great diea here. I’ll fight you for them if no one wants them at home.

  16. These are a favorite of mine, they remind me of my grandma who made them every single year. 🙂

  17. sandra turney says:

    Help-Santa–no food processor
    best alternative method?

    • Hi, Sandra,
      Have you made homemade pie crust? You can use a pastry blender (a tool to cut in the butter) or two table knives to cut through the butter/cream cheese to make small pea sized and smaller pieces. Then mix in the flour(you “could” use a hand mixer, but to keep it tender, you don’t want to over mix). It should be just fine!!! Good luck.

  18. I think I might need an Insta Pot. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. This recipe looks delicious, Liz. I think I could eat about 12 of these (don’t tell).

  19. your crust looks perfect

  20. Yay! These look SO good!

  21. These are so cute! I will have to try them!

  22. Love this idea! But I’d probably eat a few too many of these!

  23. I love everything about these! I would have to hide the date secret too but I’d love them.

  24. These look delicious AND I’ve been wanting an Instanpot – thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Super cute! Wish I could have one now! 🙂

  26. This is creative! Great idea!

  27. These are adorable! My grandmother’s specialty was pecan tassies. Nice trickery with the dates =)

  28. Marla Meridith says:

    Pinned! Totally making these!

  29. I love your secret ingredient. I do the same thing….don’t share the ingredients until after people taste. Otherwise, preconceived ideas kick in!


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