Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nanny's favorite: Tea tassies

My Nanny, my mom's mother, is no longer with us but many of her recipes still are. Christmas is always a special time to remember Nanny and Pap-pap, who owned a Christmas tree farm in western Pennsylvania. I have good memories of running around the farm and sledding through the trees during the winter.

These cookies taste like mini pecan pies and are one of my dad's favorites:

Tea tassies
1/4 lb butter
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup flour

Soften butter and cream cheese. Add in flour. Divide into 24 balls and press into a
tea tassie tray.

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend above ingredients and pour into the center of the cups of the dough that you have pressed into pans. Sprinkle top centers with chopped nuts. Bake at 350° F for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in pans for easier removing.

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