Nut tassies are a local favorite around here in eastern Pennsylvania. They look like a tiny pecan pie, the size of one big bite! Heavenly sweet and best made with pecans. I have eaten them at many people’s homes. In all fairness I never made them when I could still eat regular gluten filled white flour. Perhaps it is that I was able to just snag them off a cookie plate at someone’s holiday party. Now, that is no long a possibility and I was craving a nut tassie. I started looking for a recipe and had some trouble with that; found a cherry one that was gf and thought I would combine it with the filing in my cookie book’s recipe. Then I lost that location and had to search again. Inept me….but then on food.com, there it was; a classic tassie recipe complete with cream cheese dough for the pie crust and a filling almost identical to the traditional filling. And it was gluten free for folks like me…eureka!
This weekend my family had a small pre-Christmas gathering and I whipped up a batch of these tassies Saturday morning. After chilling the dough some I made a dozen. My crust was very crumbly and with trepidation I started rolling a ball of the crumbs into one ball a bit over an inch in diameter. It held together in a ball. Then I dropped it in my mini muffin tin and used my finger to spread it out and up the sides. It worked but I fear I used a bit more than specified for the dozen shells so I may not get my full two dozen tassies. I will make the rest of them next weekend…reason being that gf cookies don’t keep as well as regular flour cookies so best not to bake a whole batch at once shot. This way you have fresh cookies twice. I keep the dough and filling in the fridge nice and cold and it will last up to a week or so.
Speaking of filling, I didn’t chop my nuts really fine; left some in chunks to give a bigger texture which I prefer. The filing is so simple; chop the nuts, then dump the sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl, add the softened butter and the vanilla and nuts; stir and it is ready to spoon into the little crust cups you just created.
Here is the link to the recipe I used: http://www.food.com/recipe/gluten-free-pecan-tassies-105371
They are easy to make and totally yummy to devour. I find it takes me 2-3 bites to down one of these treat. Happy baking folks!