Cookies that are like mini pecan pies
1/2 cup butter
1 (3 ounce) cream cheese
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
For pastry, in a mixer bowl beat the 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese.
Add flour, beat well.
Cover bowl; chill mixture about 1 hour.
In a small mixing bowl stir together egg, brown sugar, the 1 Tablespoon butter, vanilla, and salt just till smooth; set aside.
Shape chilled pastry dough into 2 dozen 1-inch balls; place each ball in an ungreased 1 3/4 inch muffin cup.
Press dough onto bottom and sides of cups.
Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the pecans into each cup; fill each with egg mixture.
Bake in a 325 degree oven 25 minutes or till filling is set.
Cool on wire racks; remove from pans.
I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, who used to make them every year for Christmas. She said she got the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
Posted by ILpat on 2-16-2011.