Pecan Goody Cups Recipe
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Pecan Goody Cups Recipe

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These miniature tarts feature whole pecans, a caramel-like filling, and a butter and cream cheese crust that melts right in your mouth. —Janice Hose, Hagerstown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 48 pecan halves

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 97 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating until mixture forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs and butter.
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Press onto the bottoms and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups. Spoon filling into cups; top each with a pecan half.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Goody Cups in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p16

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"These are great and although not easy I certainly don't consider them hard to make. They freeze well so they can easily be shipped. I've even cheated and used store bought pie crust , chopped pecans to quicken the process and they are always great."

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I've been making these for many yrs..our family calls them pecan tassies & its a traditional Xmas cookie in our home. Vanilla is a must for filling ! I have had times when the tarts have stuck but I lightly spray my pans & it works great ! If u haven't tried these try them with an open mind because they can be addicting!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"I am mystified by the negative comments! I have been making these, aka Pecan Dainties, since 1968. My recipe makes more filling (2.25 C packed brown sugar, 4 eggs, 3 T butter, melted, AND 1 T vanilla extract), and calls for finely chopped pecans rather than one whole pecan. I sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped pecans (or walnuts) in the bottom of each FROZEN cup, then fill each cup 3/4 full with filling, and top with another teaspoon or so of chopped nuts. I allow the dainties to cool completely in the pan, which helps with the removal issue mentioned by some. If the filling has overflowed onto the top of the pan, gently run a sharp knife under the cooked filling, and then in between the dainty and the pan. Properly cooked, the crust will be golden brown, the filling delightfully caramelized, and after a day, many will be yummy chewy. Please don't let the negative remarks scare you away from these. If making for the first time, it might be beneficial to make some with the whole nut, and some with the chopped nuts; then decide which appeals to you the most."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Great it is yummy"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013 Edited Nov. 16, 2014

"I have made these little cups of happiness every year since the recipe came out. Everyone loves them, I do add a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract to the filling and I toast the pecans it gives them that little bit of extra flavor"

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