These, my pets, are wonderful. They're pecan tassies. Nothing new or original, but yummy just the same.
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
1 C flour, sifted (lets just say it now, when baking, please, please, ALWAYS sift your flour. It's never a bad idea)
1 egg, beaten
1 T melted butter
3/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
2/3 C chopped pecans
powdered sugar, for dusting
For pastry: cream butter and cream cheese, stir in flour. Cover, refrigerate one hour. Roll into 1-inch balls (should make 24 balls). Press dough against sides and bottom of 1 3/4 inch mini muffin tins.
Filling: Mix everything except the powdered sugar together and spoon into tassies. I use about 1 tsp.
Bake @ 325 for 25 mins., or until pastry turns a slight golden brown. Cool completely. Spring with powdered sugar.
My Mom always makes these at Christmas time. Yums!