These are a crowd pleaser. They have a flaky crust wih a creamy caramel filling.

Dawn
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Combine the cream cheese, butter or margarine and flour. Mix to form a dough. Pinch off 48 equal pieces and press into mini tassie pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool slightly. Be careful taking out of pans, they break easily.

  • In the microwave on medium high heat. Melt the caramels and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Stir until creamy. Pour into melted caramel into shells and top with frosting.

  • To Make Frosting: Beat the sugar, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, shortening and vanilla until light and creamy.

Nutrition Facts

148.4 calories; 1.5 g protein; 12.9 g carbohydrates; 15.9 mg cholesterol; 62.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Delicious!! A hit at all of my holiday parties. I'll be careful next time not to fill the cups completely with the caramel mixture... leave some room for the frosting or else they'll leak all over the place! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2011
I was making these for my friend Tania who loves caramel. I won't be sharing these because I did not care for this recipe. READ the recipe: the "crust' is cream cheese flour and butter... no sugar (made me doubtful...and I was right). The crust is tasteless. Its not flaky its crumby and crumbling. This might be better with a traditional pie crust. The filling is caramel and evaporated milk - cant argue there its good. But the worst part... is the frosting. I have NO problem with fatty or shortening buttercream and what not. But I did not care for this icing. Again look at the recipe - its only half a cup of sugar with a cup of shortening. A traditional buttercream would have a shortening to sugar ratio of 1 to 4... not 2 to1. The icing is tasteless and greasy. I dumped an extra cup of sugar in it and it still just tasted like shortening with a gross oily mouth feel. I'm an experienced baker - I did not care for this recipe. Sorry Tania. Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Delicious!! A hit at all of my holiday parties. I'll be careful next time not to fill the cups completely with the caramel mixture... leave some room for the frosting or else they'll leak all over the place! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Delicious!! A hit at all of my holiday parties. I'll be careful next time not to fill the cups completely with the caramel mixture... leave some room for the frosting or else they'll leak all over the place! Read More
(27)
Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2011
I was making these for my friend Tania who loves caramel. I won't be sharing these because I did not care for this recipe. READ the recipe: the "crust' is cream cheese flour and butter... no sugar (made me doubtful...and I was right). The crust is tasteless. Its not flaky its crumby and crumbling. This might be better with a traditional pie crust. The filling is caramel and evaporated milk - cant argue there its good. But the worst part... is the frosting. I have NO problem with fatty or shortening buttercream and what not. But I did not care for this icing. Again look at the recipe - its only half a cup of sugar with a cup of shortening. A traditional buttercream would have a shortening to sugar ratio of 1 to 4... not 2 to1. The icing is tasteless and greasy. I dumped an extra cup of sugar in it and it still just tasted like shortening with a gross oily mouth feel. I'm an experienced baker - I did not care for this recipe. Sorry Tania. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
These are fantastic. I have made these and eveyone loves the. You have to press the dough high and over the edge a little to get enough space. A little caramel to fill the dip is fine. The frosting when whipped up completes the taste. If it is too fatty - just eat one but it completes the cookie and is better as a whole. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2009
These can also be made with the Athens phyllo dough or PepperRidge Farm's Puff Pastry rolled thinner in confestioners sugar so as not to puff close the filling hole. Cut both with a Pizza Cutter Roller or although maybe you can use the Athens shells which may result in a slightly bigger cookie if so just bake accordingly and enjoy! The ICING or any icing made with granulated sugar with a liquid & Crisco. The sugar should be added to warmed milk (liquid) so it dissolves & then left to cool before adding the other ingredients or visa verse this prevents the icing from becoming "GRITTY"! If you don't like this ICING you could USE YOUR FAVORITE but any ICING should really be piped on with a pastry bag or corner of a baggy making for a prettier cookie! You can make these Even More Festive & Delicious by Sprinkling with your choice of finely chopped or ground nuts colored sugar candy decorator sprinkles or a little grated chocolate. I worked with a guy whose Wife made these put them on his cookie tray to bring to work it was the first time I ever had them and I was wowed! I wasn't the only one they were the first to go & she had quite a variety of Christmas Cookies & lots of them on his tray! They have been on my tray ever since! A little Bit of Work (a lot less using Athens Phyllo Fillo or the PepperRidge Farm's Puff Pastry - rolled thin or your cup will close but well worth your EFFORT! Happy Holidays to All and to All Happy Holiday Baking! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2004
These were pleasant however I did not ice them. I just could not bring myself to make an icing that called for a cup of lard (disgusting)As it turned out they were just fine without the icing. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2003
I have one word to describe these...AWESOME. They are easy to make and delicious to eat. Just be careful taking them out of the pans because they are very fragile. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2002
These were wonderful! They were gone before all the other cookies we made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2003
Oh My!!! AWESOME!! A bit of work but SOOOOOOOO worth it!!!! I first had Caramel Cups a few yrs back at work my boss brought them in she was stingy and would not give recipe. This was it!! Thanks so very much for sharing!! Yum!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2008
These are okay. I am not a big fan of the tart crusts. They just tasted a bit blah and greasy. I have made something similar in the past with a shortbread-type crust and it was much yummier! Read More
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