Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts

Cream Cheese Pecan Tarts – dangerously delicious. Mini cream cheese tart shells filled with pecan pie filling. These things fly off the plate. Can make in advance and freeze for later.

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This is one of Chicken Legs favorite Christmas cookies. He loves to eat these right out of the oven when they are warm. These take a little work but it is worth it. The cinnamon and cream cheese tart shells are the best. It really makes these little pies stand out.

plate of small pecan tarts
plate of pecan tassies sprinkled with powdered sugar with text overlay

Pecan Tassies

Yield: 48 tarts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Pecan Tassies Recipe –  These bite-sized treasures feature a buttery, cream cheese pastry filled with a sweet and nutty pecan filling. Perfect for Christmas gatherings, special occasions, or any time you crave a delightful treat. Share the joy of homemade goodness with friends and family this season!




  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • cup karo syrup
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans toasted



  • Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour and cinnamon, beating at low speed just until ingredients are blended. Wrap dough in wax paper, and chill 2 hours.
  • Divide dough 48 balls. Place in lightly greased miniature muffin pans, shaping each into a shell.


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended. Stir in pecans. Spoon filling evenly into pastry shells.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool slightly. Remove from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack.


  • ou can use any type of nuts that you enjoy.
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • peanuts
    • pistachios
  • Can substitute pure maple syrup for corn syrup.
  • Can Pecan Tassies be frozen? Yes! Bake tarts and cool to room temperature. Place them in a freezer safe bag or container with parchment paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking. Store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
    • When ready to eat, thaw and enjoy.
  • Store tarts in an airtight container at room temperature.


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  1. The yield is listed as 24 tarts, but in the recipe the dough is divided in half and each half yields 24 tarts. Which is correct? Thanks!

  2. I bet these are ooey-gooey good right out of the oven. I'm saving this recipe and I bet these become my favorite cookies. Merry Christmas

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