Christmas Cranberry-Nut Tassies (Mini)
Serve these bite-size gems when family and friends drop in during the holidays, or box them up to give as gifts with hot cocoa mix, tea or winter blend coffee. This recipe comes from the "Southern Living Little Book of Mini Muffins & More..." NOTE: Preparation time includes 1-hour chill time for dough.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cranberries (I used the dried sweetened ones)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- Beat 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
- Gradually add flour, beating well.
- Cover and chill dough 1 hour.
- Shape dough into 24 (1-inch) balls. Press 1 dough ball into each lightly greased cup of miniature muffin pans, shaping each into a shell.
- Combine egg and next 3 ingredients; stir in cranberries and pecans.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon mixture into each shell.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes or until filling is set.
- Remove from pans immediately, and let cool completely on wire racks.
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OUTSTANDING TREATS, these, & definitely something I'll be making a number of times during the up-coming winter holidays! I took tips from Starry news & reduced the amount of sugar when I used dried cranberries, & then I also included a very rounded measure of the orange zest! Great, great recipe keeper, thanks to you! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]
Lovely, and what a wonderful flavor! I am glad I tried these now so I know to put them on my Christmas treat list! I also used the dried sweetened cranberries, so I reduced the brown sugar to 1/2 cup and found it to be just the way we like in regards to sweetness. I also loved the addition of the orange rind - it really adds "oomph" to the tassies. Thanks for sharing! PAC Fall 09