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Pumpkin Pecan Tassies

Field editor Pat Habiger of Spearville, Kansas suggests, "These delicious mini tarts are lovely for Christmas or to serve at a tea. They're worth the extra time it takes to make them."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted, divided
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Beat in flour. Shape into 24 balls. With floured fingers, press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups.
  • Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, pumpkin, 4 teaspoons butter, egg yolk, cream, extracts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon into warm cups. Combine the pecans and remaining brown sugar and butter; sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake 23-27 minutes longer or until set and edges are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 244 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • KitchenWren
    Nov 13, 2012

    Loved these! They aren't too time consuming if you have a tart shaper, and the results sare well worth it!

  • parksville
    Dec 21, 2011

    This recipe is quite time consuming and we didn't particularly care for the taste of these mini tarts.

  • islandladypr
    Nov 24, 2010

    Just made these and they turned out great....Were very good...Everyone loved them....

  • marunde
    Nov 14, 2009

    i absolutley love this recipe and everyone at my church loves it too

  • julie65c
    Sep 5, 2009

    These are sooo yummy! My family loves them, a definite must have for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  • mrs_h
    Dec 31, 2008

    I just made 10 kinds of cookies for Christmas (9 of them Taste of Home recipes), my neighbor just specifically asked for this recipe! Need I say more...

  • Martha 13
    Dec 28, 2008

    I just made these for x mas & I used the small muffin tin papers & they came out great. Instead of using my finger to make the indentation I took the top off of my salt shaker & used that it worked great.

  • Sharon_KY
    Dec 15, 2007

    I made these last year, Same recipe.They really are good, But I couldn't get them out of the pan,I greased the muffin cups extra well, and they still stuck to the pan.So if you make them, make sure and be prepared if they do stick.