I make these for special parties and on the holidays. Everyone really enjoys them. They are one of my families favorites also.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Blend softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Stir in 1 cup flour and mix well.

  • Shape 2 dozen-1 inch balls. Place in tiny ungreased muffin pans and press onto the bottom and sides of tins.

  • To Make Filling: Beat egg, sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, salt, vanilla and nuts until smooth. Fill pastry cups and bake until filling is set, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; 5.7 g protein; 24.8 g carbohydrates; 46.2 mg cholesterol; 141.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2011
Simply awesome - these definitely taste just like miniature pies! They look adorable and once you pop one in your mouth you'll be hooked. These are so easy to make. I did cut back on the nuts a bit (you can use walnuts or pecans) and still had too much filling but other than that I didn't change a thing. I used a miniature muffin tin to bake these and I did get more than 24 - but the more the better with these little gems! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/26/2011
I followed the recipe as writen and it is tasteless. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2011
Simply awesome - these definitely taste just like miniature pies! They look adorable and once you pop one in your mouth you'll be hooked. These are so easy to make. I did cut back on the nuts a bit (you can use walnuts or pecans) and still had too much filling but other than that I didn't change a thing. I used a miniature muffin tin to bake these and I did get more than 24 - but the more the better with these little gems! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2011
Simply awesome - these definitely taste just like miniature pies! They look adorable and once you pop one in your mouth you'll be hooked. These are so easy to make. I did cut back on the nuts a bit (you can use walnuts or pecans) and still had too much filling but other than that I didn't change a thing. I used a miniature muffin tin to bake these and I did get more than 24 - but the more the better with these little gems! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I made these for the Eid (celebration at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan) and they were very popular. I used 2 cups of chopped walnuts, and I still had some lot left over - I think 1-1/2 cups might be enough. I also added some cinnamon to the filling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2004
Thank you, Jane! My Aunt always makes these for holidays and special occaisions and has always been reluctant to share her recipe. When she has shared, the tassies are always suspiciously a disaster..... Anyhow, yours taste just as wonderful and they turned out great. I did use pecans instead of walnuts, but imagine they'd be fabulous either way. Can I trade in my Aunt Jean for an Aunt Jane? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2011
My family has been making these delectable tidbits for over 50 years. The only difference is that we use pecans instead of walnuts. I suppose you could use any nut. They freeze beautifully so you can make them ahead of time and bring them out when you want them. Always a hit at any event! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
Great very simple but wonderful recipe. However I agree with some of the other reviewers this makes WAY too much filling or just not enough dough. I stuffed these cups full and still had plenty left over. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
These were fun to make (really easy) and were a big hit at work. Anyone who loves pecan pie will find these irresistible...and the bite-size mini-pies make it easy to manage. A keeper for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
This recipe had appeared in one of my holiday baking magazines quite a few years ago. I m so glad I saw it on this website and was reminded of these delicious little treasures. I ve made this recipe for parties and showers and everyone enjoys them. This recipe does make more filling than is needed however. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2011
When I make these I use medium sized muffin cups and press only half way up the sides - then filling seems to be just the right amount Made these for years using both walnuts and / or pecans. And Macleod 26 - ever think Jane might be Aunt Jean giving us the real recipe but fools you by not giving the entire recipe. I have a friend that always leaves out one ingredient - not a key ingredient but one that will make a bit of a difference I enjoy this site so much - but really get miffed by folks that rate a recipe as a 4 or a 5 but then go on to say HOWEVER.......... I added or I changed.... It is no longer the same recipe and therefore should not be rated as such. They are rating their own "recipe" Enjoy creating no matter what recipe you use. Economics plays a big part in what I create. I assist young women with families to develop some life skills. We find a recipe and then develop it to use ingredients that are both affordable and healthy. Adjusting spices and flavourings to individual preferences is a must. Nothing is more satisfying for them than to create something from scratch rather than purchase pre-packaged. And the kids can help. Saves money creates some bonding time and is much healthier. No more fast food purchased cookies or snack bars. They didn't realize how fulfilling this would make them feel. And gained confidence in their abilities Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This are so good you can't stop eating them! I make mine with pecans I don't like pecan pie but I love these! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/26/2011
I followed the recipe as writen and it is tasteless. Read More
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