Mini Pecan Tassies


Mini Pecan Tassies

Mini Pecan Tassies
12 Min

Our mini tassies are easier to prepare than most because there's no separate crust. Betcha can't eat just one!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pecan halves for garnish, optional

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat miniature muffin tins with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla, beating with a wire whisk until smooth. Stir in pecans and flour. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling each cup to within 1/8-inch from top. Place a pecan half in center of batter, if desired.
  3. Bake 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool in pans on wire racks 1 minute. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin cup to loosen. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.


  • Don't have a mini muffin tin? You can bake some, not so mini, pecan tassies in a standard size muffin tin. Fill the cups 3/4 of the way and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until tootpick inserted in the center comes out clean.



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I wonder if whole grain flour would also work?

I wonder if this can be made with walnuts...

Every time I make these I say I'm not going to again. They come out very holey, nothing like the picture and this time they had lace around the top even though I filled them only 1/2 way. They are not even edible this time. Am I over mixing? Putting too much pam spray in the tins? Why are they so awful. Thanks.

Hi there, we're sorry to hear you're having a difficult time with this recipes. After thinking, the Test Kitchen had some tips that will hopefully help. 1. Make sure you're using stick butter and not butter from a tub. 2. Make sure you're using a whisk and not a hand mixer. Make sure you only whisk until it's combined. 3. Make sure to fill 3/4 way to the top. Hopefully that will help with any problems you've been having. Thanks for the feedback and we hope you'll give it another shot.

Can you make these a day or two prior to serving. I need ideas for desserts to take to a potluck dinner?

These can be made two days ahead of time. Enjoy your potluck!

I have to agree with waltchar when I read this recipe I'm thinking there is no way this will make 40 mini-muffins. Thank you.

Hey there, the Test Kitchen just re-tested this recipe and was easily able to fill 36 mini muffin cups. We've adjusted the quantity above. To make this quantity, make sure you're using a mini muffin sheet and not a regular muffin sheet.

You have to realize that you must not overfill these or you have sticking and a mess. To get that nice shape without having it all over the top of the pan, you need to only do about 2/3 full. I have made these many times now and overfilling take away the clean upper edge.

Could you incorporate some Karo Syrup into the batter to give it a little pecan pie flavor?

Hello! Karo syrup is just liquid sugar, so it will not add a pecan pie flavor. We have not tried using it in this recipe, but if you do, let us know how it turns out!

I have made this just as it is -- with terrific results!! Sometimes I add a single chocolate chip in the middle. It fluffs up so do not fill mini cups more than about 2/3 full. This was a huge hit at a wedding and they also freeze/thaw super well!!

I love this recipe and it is so easy to make in little or no time. I have made it several times. I also cook it in a 9x13 pan and cut into squares. makes a great breakfast snack with coffee. Oh yes and my friends love it.

A breakfast snack with coffee sounds so good. I've always loved pecan pie and pecan tassies. However, they aren't good for my diabetic diet.

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

How long do you bake them in your 9x13 pan? It sounds much easier! Thank you!

Hi there! Mr. Food Test Kitchen has not had the opportunity to make these in a 9x13 pan, so we cannot recommend a baking time. If you do make these in a 9x13 pan, let us know how they turn out for you. We would love to hear back. Enjoy!

With lots of baked goods after they cool I put them in the freezer (still in the pan) By the next day they're easy to get out (or with cakes they're easy to slice without crumbs) When frozen you can use a knife or spatula to remove and there's no falling apart like when they're still warm.

I would give these 5 stars if they weren't so difficult, almost impossible, to remove from heavily sprayed tin. Flavor is excellent, but the appearance is awful. Will have to pick them out of the muffin tin and eat in pieces.. Does anyone have a suggestion to remove from pan.

Try spraying the muffin tins with nonstick spray then dust lightly with flour. Also, run knife around the muffins while they are still warm, do not let them cool. Enjoy!

I use Baker's Joy spray with flour in it -- works perfectly. I take them out of the pan as woon as they are out of the oven. NO problems getting them out.

mbeaulieu4041 3198396, if you tried paper liners in your muffin tins, wouldn't that make removal easier?

0MG!! When I seen this recipe, it took me back to my high school days of homemaking; will be making these sooner than later!

Great recipe look so pretty on a platter topped with a pecan half or cherry half.. dust with powdered sugar when cool Wonderful for a cookie exchange also... This is a fantastic site with great family recipes and ideas Keep up the good work WE LOVE YOU just as you are!!!

I often substitute Splenda with a little molasses for brown sugar in recipes. Has anyone tried this or do you think it would work?

My recipe is different.....I use Bakers Joy. Its like flour/pam in a spray .... No sticking....great product.....C

I also use Baker's Joy -- and I try to get them out of the mini muffin tin within a minute or so. While hot, they easily come out of the pan for me. I also will put a dark chocolate chip in the middle -- it sinks in and is a great flavor surprise.

I agree, why don't they answer our questions??? Try using cup cake liners instead of putting them in the pans... Or try the SILICONE muffin tins...I have those and you do not even have to grease them and they pop right out......not sure all silicone pans work that great, but I got mine from QVC and they do work.....use them all the time.....

These are great and I sprayed that mini-muffin tin thoroughly yet the things would not come out....most of them look pretty mangled...what do you do to get them out in one piece? This is so frustrating.

The Pecan Mini Tassie's are very good and I make them quite often. However, they do not make 40 of the mini size; they make 24. Please correct


If I have standard 12 cupcake baking tins, how much batter should I put in each? How long should I bake them at 375 degrees? Please answer both questions. Thanks!

Wish someone would answer this.

Thank you for your questions. If you would like to prepare these in standard size muffin tines, we would recommend filling them 3/4 of the way and then baking them 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

A neighbor gave me this recipe, but he stated 2/3 cup melted butter. They were a great hit with our friends. I've even dunked the tops in melted chocolate for a slightly different taste!!! OH SO GOOD!!!

These are very good. Everywhere I take them I have requests for the recipe -- however this recipe does not make 40, it makes 24 in the mini muffin pan.

loved these but i cut the brown sugar in half,will be making these again

Tastes great but the recipe didn't yield as many as stated in the recipe.

bake this awesome

Can't wait to whip up a batch!

very good not too sweet not one stuck in mini loaf pan

u like pecan twirles u will love these

I have prepared this recipe several times and they always come right out of my non-stick min-muffin pans.....w/o use of knife.

Has anyone had any success with this recipe? I used the nonstick cooking spray, as directed. Not a single one came out of the pan, even after trying to loosen with a knife. This recipe is going in the trash!

try using the paper cups inside the pan

DITTO petermomm 4445751!!!!!!! Every single one stuck! I use my mini all the time and NEVER had this problem. To be honest, I'm glad they were a waste because they tasted like a sweet greasy mess.......only the seagulls I gave them to could eat them. In reality, they are basically just sugar and butter with a few nuts. YUK!


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