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Pecan Goody Cups

These miniature tarts feature whole pecans, a caramel-like filling, and a butter and cream cheese crust that melts right in your mouth. —Janice Hose, Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 48 pecan halves


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating until mixture forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs and butter.
  • Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Press onto the bottoms and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups. Spoon filling into cups; top each with a pecan half.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 97 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


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  • kredhead
    Feb 6, 2020

    Mmm, very good. Felt it needed maybe salt. Used a whole brick of cream cheese, added a bit more flour

  • tsuop
    Aug 2, 2019

    Also known as "Tea Tassies" I make them for Christmas every year, they are my oldest son's favorite. Delicious!!

  • biskitmom49
    Jul 22, 2019

    This is a wonderful bite dessert! I never come home with any left in the container.

  • slmacbeth
    Jun 19, 2019

    I thought these were tasty, and really not that difficult. However, I will say to the person who made the comment about 'eyeballs and common sense', not everyone has the same amount of experience and comfort level in the kitchen. Even with my level of experience, I prefer specific instructions the first time I make a new recipe myself. I used my kitchen scale to determine how to evenly divide up the dough, and I used about a teaspoon of filling in each cup.

  • Kcrainstorm
    Oct 27, 2014

    These are great and although not easy I certainly don't consider them hard to make. They freeze well so they can easily be shipped. I've even cheated and used store bought pie crust , chopped pecans to quicken the process and they are always great.

  • kknight65
    Apr 15, 2014

    I've been making these for many yrs..our family calls them pecan tassies & its a traditional Xmas cookie in our home. Vanilla is a must for filling ! I have had times when the tarts have stuck but I lightly spray my pans & it works great ! If u haven't tried these try them with an open mind because they can be addicting!

  • valmcc
    Apr 14, 2014

    I am mystified by the negative comments! I have been making these, aka Pecan Dainties, since 1968. My recipe makes more filling (2.25 C packed brown sugar, 4 eggs, 3 T butter, melted, AND 1 T vanilla extract), and calls for finely chopped pecans rather than one whole pecan. I sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped pecans (or walnuts) in the bottom of each FROZEN cup, then fill each cup 3/4 full with filling, and top with another teaspoon or so of chopped nuts. I allow the dainties to cool completely in the pan, which helps with the removal issue mentioned by some. If the filling has overflowed onto the top of the pan, gently run a sharp knife under the cooked filling, and then in between the dainty and the pan. Properly cooked, the crust will be golden brown, the filling delightfully caramelized, and after a day, many will be yummy chewy. Please don't let the negative remarks scare you away from these. If making for the first time, it might be beneficial to make some with the whole nut, and some with the chopped nuts; then decide which appeals to you the most.

  • judithsparks
    Apr 14, 2014

    Great it is yummy

  • sfredb719
    Dec 15, 2013

    I have made these little cups of happiness every year since the recipe came out. Everyone loves them, I do add a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract to the filling and I toast the pecans it gives them that little bit of extra flavor

  • p_majors
    Dec 1, 2013

    I made these in place of a pecan pie. The pecan pie lovers in the family loved them. Easy to make and handy to eat. The family fought over the leftovers.