Chocolate Pecan Tassies

In these Chocolate Pecan Tassies a flakey, cream cheese crust holds the perfect amount of chocolate pecan pie goodness! 

Originally written for: 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!

When in doubt add chocolate!

From my first bite of sugar I have loved chocolate! That epic, life-changing moment when my mom put a three tier chocolate cake in front of me at 1 Years Old evolved into an obsession! Not a casual “I have chocolate sometimes” kind of obsession but a “must impose strict chocolate rules” kind of obsession.

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!

No chocolate before noon. 2:00 if I’m really good!

No chocolate after 8PM <– this never happens

No eating chocolate straight from the bag.

Chocolate should not be eaten on the couch…umm…oops.

{It should be noted, parenthetically, that I strive to follow one of these rules at all times!}

In the midst of a chocolate frenzy several months ago I wondered what would happen if I added chocolate to my great-grandmother’s pecan tassies. Magic!

Chocolate pecan magic is what happens!

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!

All the pecan pie flavors you love with a little hint of chocolate!

The cream cheese crust is divine with the hint of chocolate and brown sugar pecan pie filling! You will love these sweet treats all year round! The date on the calendar never stopped my great-grandmother from sending me home with several dozen.

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!

No ma’am. Tassies are a year round thing. Only now I’ll have to choose between the original and CHOCOLATE!

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are for the eighth day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. You won’t want to miss the Molasses Sugar CookiesOld Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

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Chocolate Pecan Tassies

  • Author: Lindsey
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Mini Pies 1x


In these Chocolate Pecan Tassies a flakey, cream cheese crust holds the perfect amount of chocolate pecan pie goodness! Perfect for a Christmas tray or a sweet treat all year round!



For the Shells:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup flour

For the Filing:

  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, plus 2 tablespoons (approximately) for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Make the Shells:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Sift flour into a medium sized bowl. Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour. Add the cream cheese and cut the butter and cheese into the flour with two knives or a pastry blender. Continue until the dough holds together. Since we aren’t adding any additional liquid, you’ll want to continue to blend way past the stage at which you would normally stop with a pie crust.
  3. Gather the crust into a ball and divide into 24 little pieces. I used a kitchen scale and a board scraper to speed up the task. I’ve also done it by eyeballing it. If any piece is too small you can steal from a larger neighbor. The filling will leak out if the dough is too thin in the tins.
  4. Press each piece into one cup of a miniature muffin tin to create a little crust.

To make the Filling:

  1. Mix egg, vanilla, sugar and butter together until no lumps remain; stir in pecans.
  2. To assemble the Pecan Tassies:
  3. Sprinkle a ¼ teaspoon (not rounded) of mini chips in the bottom of each shell. Pour the filling into each cup until the filling is just below the top rim of the shell.
  4. Sprinkle a few pecans on the top of each tassie.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 24-25 minutes.
  6. Let cool in the pan completely before removing. Twist and lift to remove!
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Tis the Season for festive desserts!

Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies 

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

Holiday Bark

Salted Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Pecan Holiday Bark Recipe | An easy Christmas treat to share or to keep! It's so delicious you might not want to share!

Cherry Pecan Cookies

These easy Cherry Pecan Cookies are soft, chewy and nutty. A cream cheese sugar cookie is generously flavored with almond extract and rolled in pecans! My favorite Christmas Cookie recipe of all time!

Hungarian Apricot Kolaches

Traditional Hungarian Apricot Kolaches | My Hungarian husband's favorite Christmas Cookie recipe! He says they taste just like his grandma used to make!

 Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Cupcakes

Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Cupcakes | Soft, moist apple cider cinnamon cake filled with spiced cranberry compote and topped with a cinnamon cream cheese butter cream! And don't forget the sugared pie crust leaf!

Soft Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

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 Traditional Linzer Cookies 

A recipe for the classic Austrian Raspberry Linzer Cookies | A delightful rolled almond cookie filled with raspberry preserves and dusted with powdered sugar! A new Christmas favorite!

My Mom’s Gingerbread Boys

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 Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic chewy peanut butter cookie rolled in sugar and topped with a Hershey kiss. A little crisp outside but chewy within!


  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    December 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

    When in doubt, add chocolate…love it, Lindsey! I totally agree with you! And no chocolate on the couch is a tough one…I fail that all time, I love that you added cream cheese to the crust, what a great idea! And the flavors blend so perfectly together. Love the chocolate addition in here! Pinned!

    • Lindsey
      December 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Mmmm many a stray chocolate chip can be found between the cushions…my husband is *not* impressed!

  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    December 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    They look amazing… like all your recipes:) I love pecans and chocolate together:)

    • Lindsey
      December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks, Illona!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    December 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

    this was 100% the right decision. CHOCOLATE makes eveeeeerything better! And these pecan tassies are no exception!

  • CakeSpy
    December 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’m sure that Jimmy Carter would approve (pecan tassies are said to have been one of his faves!)

    • Lindsey
      December 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Really?! Fun fact! Thanks CakeSpy!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    December 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    These look amazing, Lindsey! Love that you added chocolate – , it’s always the right decision to me :))

  • David @ Spiced
    December 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

    You are indeed a chocoholic, Lindsey! Good thing I have a stockpile of chocolate that would last at least a year. Ok, maybe a month…I eat a lot of chocolate. I also agree with you about chocolate in the morning. I am NOT a chocolate in the morning kind of dude.

    But on to these cookies…my wife’s uncle always makes tassie cups for Christmas, but I don’t believe they have chocolate in them. I’m totally going to sneak some chocolate in there this year…no one will be the wiser. (Except for you, me, and the rest of the internet…)

    • Lindsey
      December 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      That is the only rule I actually keep because I don’t like sweets in the morning either! Oh, wait, do maple syrup and brown sugar count? Shoot.

      It will be our little secret 😉

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    December 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I should have the phrase “when in doubt add chocolate” put on a t-shirt. Good advise!

    • Lindsey
      December 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Haha! I would snatch up one of those T-shirts too!!! Great idea!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    December 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I could eat chocolate all day long every day. And these? I could eat ALL OF THEM.

    • Lindsey
      December 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      I may have done!

  • Sophie
    December 27, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I also made these tasty filled treats & I loved every bite! I also used white spelt flour in these!
    They were divine! 🙂 xx

    • Lindsey
      December 28, 2014 at 12:38 am

      I’m so glad you liked them, Sophie! And good to know that spelt flour will also work! A little bit of healthy never hurts!


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