Mom’s Recipes – Pecan Lassies

In honor of National Cookie Day, we are sharing some of my Mom and Nana’s favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas cookie recipes today. This next one up is the absolutely decadent Pecan Lassies. Talk about bite-size morsels of heaven in your mouth! I have to tell you right now, the picture doesn’t do them justice. In order to really appreciate these little treats, you need the ones warm out of the oven with little bits of that brown sugar, buttery goodness oozing down the outside of the crust to truly appreciate these little guys!

Mom's Pecan Lassies Recipe

These are – hands down – my absolute favorite cookies of the holiday season. They have several different names as well – pecan tassies, crunch cups, pecan tarts – doesn’t matter what you call them, they are just as delicious and made relatively the same.

Mom’s Pecan Lassies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • Two mini muffin pans


  • Combine 1 cup of butter and cream cheese in a bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add flour gradually (great time to get the kids or grandkids involved) beating on low speed until well blended. Shape mixture into 48 little balls and place on a baking sheet. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the mini-muffin pans. (I use a cooking spray) Press the chilled dough ball into each cup with your thumb and then spread out and up to form a shell for the ingredients.
  • Wisk the brown sugar, eggs, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cup of the pecans and then spoon into the little shells you just made. Top with remaining pecans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven approximately 12 to 15 minutes – the edges of your shell should be a light brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the pans to cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, GENTLY remove the lassies from the pan and allow them to cool completely for about 20 more minutes.
  • Keep stored in an air tight container – if they last that long!

I plan on doing some baking this weekend, and these little guys are definitely on the list of treats to make. I just hope that I do my Mom and Nana proud. I’m sure they will both be looking down from heaven, over my shoulder, waiting with a handful of flour to toss at me if I do something wrong!

Happy baking,

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  1. Thanks So Much for Sharing This Delicious Recipe for Pecan Lassies, I Really Do Appreciate it! I Absolutely Love Nuts Especially Pecans and I’m Always Looking For a New Recipe That Calls for Pecans! I Think Pecan Lassies Make the Perfect Little Sweet Treat and I Love the Size of Them, You Can Just Pop Them into Your Mouth b/c They are Perfectly Sized! I Think They are Just Perfect for the Holidays or Any Other Time of the Year! They Also Look Easy Enough to Make Which is Great for Me b/c I Have Bad Chronic Pain and I Can’t Be on My Feet Too Long! Well Thanks Again for Sharing, I Will Certainly Save This for Later! Have a Wonderful Evening! – Jana

  2. Yummy…Thanks So Much for Sharing this Awesome Recipe for These Pecan Lassies, I Really Appreciate it! I Love Pecan, Especially in Desserts & I’m Always Looking for a Way to Incorporate Nuts in Sweets! These Pecan Lassies Would Make an Awesome Little Treat for the Holidays Too! Thanks So Much for Sharing, Have a Blessed Day! – Jana

  3. Oh these look good and my husband would probably love these. He loves pecan pie and I bet these would be awesome.

  4. I love these. My Mama use to make them and called them Pecan Tarts. I never could find her recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These sound amazing. I love pecan pie and this would be like the perfect size, so as not to eat more than I need. Well it would be worth a try anyway. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I may try it out for Christmas.

  6. Thanks oh so very much for the recipe on Pecan lassies, tassies, etc. We've always called them Pecan Tarts. I know they have different names but for one terrific pastry! I love these! I've never tried them, because I've never had a recipe! Now, I have a recipe and I would love to make these! The price of all nuts right now is through the roof! It seems like the times when baking is high (Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas) the prices of ingredients take a huge jump! Especially the nuts! If I can get my hands on some pecans, I'm going to definitely try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us! I know I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

  7. Ooooh. I am so glad I saw this before starting my xmas baking. Now I will be adding pecans to my grocery list. Please keep posting more of your Nana's and Mama's recipes! Thanks again.

  8. yum! great recipe and I definitely can see me eating these loll but probably won't ever make them, I like recipes much more easier , since I am a cluts in the kitchen :0 thanks for share

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