Pecan Tassies!

These "Pecan Tassies" are like little bite size pecan pies.  They are perfect for your holiday dessert trays or for gift giving!  They are also really easy to make!  Here is what you will need:
 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 Tbs. butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 cups pecans, chopped
Maraschino cherries, halved for garnish (optional)
In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together.  Blend in flour and salt.  Chill for 1-2 hours. 
Roll into 1 inch balls and press into the bottom and up the sides of greased miniature muffins tins to form a shell.
In another bowl beat the egg, then add the sugar, butter, vanilla and pinch of salt, mixing well.  Stir in the pecans.   Fill the shell with the filling.   Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.   Cool in the pan.  Garnish with the cherries if you are using them. 

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