Traditional Christmas Cookies: Pecan Tassies

Are traditional Christmas cookies part of your holiday celebration? Make these sweet and delicious pecan tassies as a treat for family and friends!

pecan tassies traditional christmas cookies

We all have those special Christmas traditions that add meaning to the holiday season for our families. Most of us decorate, some of us watch Hallmark movie marathons, and others spend the weeks before Christmas cooking and baking. If baking is one of your family’s Christmas traditions, you are definitely in the right place! I would like to cordially invite you to our Christmas cookie exchange…25 bloggers sharing recipes for traditional Christmas cookies that are perfect for cookie trays and gift-giving. I’m featuring an old recipe for pecan tassies that was given to me at least 30 years ago. 

traditional Christmas cookies dough and rolling pin

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These sweet little pecan pies are so delicious. The shell that holds the pecan mixture is buttery and flaky. It’s impossible to eat just one of these little gems! The dough mixes up in just a few minutes, and after it’s chilled, it rolls out beautifully.

dough being rolled out on wood board

rolled out dough with circle cut outs

The easiest way to make the shells for the pecan tassies is to cut out circles of dough and gently press them into the muffin pan vessels. I used a 2.5 inch fluted cutter, which added a pretty edge to the shells. It’s easiest to work in batches. Cut out all the circles and lay them over the muffin pan vessels. Then using your fingers or a tool with a smooth round end, gently pat the circles into the vessels. The end of the wood reamer pictured below did a great job of fitting the dough down into the vessels, without putting holes in it. The last step before putting these traditional Christmas cookies in the oven is to fill the shells with the brown sugar mixture and pecans. 

traditional christmas cookies pecan tassies dough in muffin tin

pecan tassies in muffin tin

traditional Christmas cookies on pedestal plate

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Tips for baking Pecan Tassies

  • This recipe can easily be doubled to make two muffin tins, equaling 48 pecan tassies.
  • Another option for making the shells is to divide the dough into 24 small balls. Place the balls in the vessels of the muffin tin. Press the dough evenly against the bottom and sides of the muffin vessels to form the shells.
  • Any mini muffin pan will work for this recipe, but this is my favorite. 
pecan tassies traditional christmas cookies

Pecan Tassies

Are traditional Christmas cookies part of your holiday celebration? Make these sweet and delicious pecan tassies as a treat for family and friends!
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4.75 from 4 votes
Servings: 24 tassies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • With a hand or standing mixer, blend the 1/2 cup butter and the cream cheese. Beat for 1 minute.
  • Add flour and blend on low speed until the dough forms.
  • Remove dough from bowl, shape into a disc, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Combine brown sugar, egg, 1 tablespoon butter, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat together just until smooth.
  • Set filling aside.
  • When ready, remove dough from refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • On a floured surface, gently roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Using a 2 1/2 inch round cutter, cut out 24 circles. After cutting, leftover dough can be re-rolled.
  • Place the dough circles in the vessels of a mini muffin pan. Gently form the dough to the muffin vessel with your fingers or the round end of a kitchen tool.
  • Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of each unbaked shell.
  • Divide filling among shells.
  • Top with more pecans.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until set.
  • Cool in pans.
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pecan tassies on pedestal plate with text

OK…now for the fun part. We want to see your favorite cookie recipe, so head to the kitchen and start baking! Take a quick picture of your finished cookies and post it on your Instagram. Tag me (@onsuttonplace) so I can visit your account and take a look. Also, use the hashtag #BestChristmasCookieRecipes to possibly get featured on one of our accounts. We will be sharing from the hashtag on our stories over the next several days. Happy baking!

More Traditional Christmas Cookies!

Double Chocolate Junior Mint Cookies by Ella Claire & Co. | Snowball Cookies with Pecans by Live Laugh Rowe | Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Boxwood Avenue | Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cookies by Rooms for Rent.

Pie Cookies by Handmade Farmhouse | Linzer Cookies by Inspired by Charm | Pistachio Cardamom Butter Cookies by The Chronicles of Home | Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies by Anderson + Grant

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies by Jenna Kate at Home | Iced Peanut Butter Cookies by Maison de Pax | Caramel Thumbprint Snickerdoodles by Summer Adams | Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Town and Country Living

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by French Country Cottage | Reindeer Cookies by Shabbyfufu | Chocolate Chip Cookies by Happy Happy Nester | Gluten/Dairy Free Spritz Christmas Cookies by Zevy Joy

Pecan Tassies by On Sutton Place | Snowball Cookies by Julie Blanner | Braided Sugar Cookie Stick by Tidbits | Sugar Cookie Trees by My 100 Year Old Home

Gooey Butter Christmas Cookies by Tidy Mom | Toasted Coconut Einkron Cookies by Farmhouse on Boone | Christmas Candy (M&M) Cookies by Nina Hendrick | White Chocolate Peppermint Oreos by My Sweet Savannah

Praline Snickerdoodles by So Much Better with Age

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  1. Sharon Millsap says:

    5 stars
    Top it off with bourbon or rum flavored whip cream = perfection!

  2. Theresa Scribner says:

    Thank you so much for all the lovely ideas on your blog . I especially look forward to all the Christmas deco tips and recipes.

  3. Wow, I’ve made these for years but have never done them as cool as you did. I just roll into balls and fit into the tart pan. I love it! We have these for Thanksgiving every year. They are delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    I am so grateful for your blog and all the ideas, printables and recipes you so generously share.
    My friends are always in awe of my gift tags (courtesy of OSP) and I’ll be giving them some of those wonderful cookies too ! You blog is at the top of my list of favorites! I feel like we are friends although we’ve never met. Merry Christmas!

  5. Love these tassies. Made them for my daughter’s wedding fifteen years ago. They were a big hit. Since then, pecan tassies have been part of my sister and my Christmas cookie baking. Thank you for sharing all these recipes among the bloggers. Trying shortbread cookies for the first time. My daughter loves Cheryl’s, so maybe mom’s will suffice.

  6. I so look forward to your blog! This weekend is the cookie walk at church so today’s recipes are just what I needed.
    Thank you for the lovely presentation!

  7. They look delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe.
    I am the designated cook for the gingerbread and rolls but I may try these if time permits. 🍪