Maple Walnut Tassies – Sally’s Baking Habit


A twist on the standard pecan model, these maple walnut tassies are little bites of texture paradise. Delicate cream cheese cookie dough cradles a candy maple-brown sugar walnut filling, and a snowy dusting of confectioners’ sugar is all of the ornament they have to be prepared for his or her vacation cookie tray debut. You received’t be capable to cease at only one, so it’s a great factor the recipe makes 4 dozen!

close-up of maple walnut tassies with one with bite taken out.

“However Sally,” you could be considering, “I believed this was Sally’s COOKIE Palooza, and these seem like mini pecan pies! Have you ever lastly run out of cookie recipe concepts?” Good query, pricey reader! So let’s start with:

What Are Tassies?

The phrase “tassie,” I study, comes from the Scottish slang for a small cup, which in flip originated from the French phrase for cup, tasse. Baked in a mini muffin pan, these cute cookie cups are created from a smooth cream cheese cookie dough, and may maintain actually any filling you’d like, although pecan tassies appear to be the most typical. I even have a recipe for these in my e-book Sally’s Cookie Habit, which is the place I began from when growing this new recipe.

(And, for the document, I’ll by no means run out of cookie recipe concepts.)

maple walnut tassies with sprinkle of confectioners' sugar on top.

Right here’s Why You’ll Love Them:

  • Delicate, crispy, creamy, nutty, and candy multi function
  • In contrast to making mini pies, there’s no rolling out pie dough, chopping circles, and re-rolling
  • Recipe makes rather a lot!
  • They freeze nicely so you can also make them forward
  • A lot texture and taste in a single cute little cup

Begin With the 5-Ingredient Dough

The dough is created from simply 5 substances, and comes collectively simply in a meals processor. Should you don’t have a meals processor, you could possibly actually use a mixer.

ingredients measured on marble counter including cream cheese, butter, sugar, flour, and salt.
  1. Flour: All-purpose flour is the bottom of this dough.
  2. Sugar: There’s only one/4 cup of sugar within the dough, as a lot of the sweetness in these cookies comes from the maple brown sugar filling.
  3. Salt: Taste enhancer.
  4. Cream Cheese: Cream cheese makes the dough further smooth and creamy, which I like in so many cookie recipes, like apricot cream cheese thumbprints and cream cheese sugar cookies. Let the cream cheese soften to room temperature earlier than you make the dough.
  5. Butter: Be sure you’re utilizing room-temperature butter so it combines simply and utterly with the cream cheese. My cookbook model makes use of chilly butter, and that’s nice too, however I discovered this model produces a softer dough cup.

The dough is just like the dough I take advantage of for rugelach cookies, although that dough is flakier and crisp similar to pie crust. Right here the dough is smooth and tender, nearly like a lightly-sweetened cookie.

Place the substances within the bowl of your meals processor and switch it on. Watch as all the pieces combines right into a smooth and thick dough on the push of a button:

cream cheese and butter in food processor with flour and shown again mixed together.

Divide the dough in half, and flatten every half right into a disc. Wrap every disc in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at the very least 2 hours. (This is identical method I like to recommend making ready cut-out cookie dough in how you can freeze cookie dough.)

cream cheese dough split in half and shown again flattened into discs.

Find out how to Form Tassies

Take away one chilled disc of dough from the fridge—one disc is sufficient for one 24-cup mini muffin pan.

Pinch off a bit of dough, a few scant Tablespoon, or 18g, in dimension. Roll right into a ball and place in a greased mini muffin pan. Press your thumb down into the dough ball to create a deep indent, and form the dough up the edges of the muffin cup, to create the shell.

balls of dough in mini muffin pan and shown again being pressed with a thumb.

When you’ve formed the dough cups, place the pan within the fridge to maintain the dough chilly whilst you make the filling.

TIP: In case you have two mini muffin pans, you’ll be able to go forward and form the second disc of dough into tassie shells, however should you solely have one pan, depart the second dough disc within the fridge till after you’ve baked the primary batch and your pan is obtainable.


Make the Maple Walnut Filling

The filling is as simple because the dough, and also you want only a mixing bowl and a whisk to make it:

ingredients on counter including walnuts, melted butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and eggs.
  • Eggs: Eggs bind the substances collectively and set the filling.
  • Brown Sugar: Molasses-spiked brown sugar is the primary sweetener in these maple walnut tassies.
  • Maple Syrup: You need that true maple taste, so use pure maple syrup right here, not “pancake syrup.”
  • Melted Butter: Provides only a contact of richness, and taste.
  • Vanilla, Salt, & Cinnamon: Taste-enhancing trio.
  • Walnuts: Chop them fairly finely, so you’ll be able to match extra nuts in every tiny tasse!

One addition I examined and actually preferred after I took the above picture, was a contact of maple extract. In case you have it, go forward and add some. You’ll love that further maple taste. You’ll find it within the baking aisle of most grocery shops, or on-line.

Whisk all of the filling substances collectively. Simple peasy!

Take away the pan(s) of formed tassie shells from the fridge. Use a teaspoon to spoon the filling into every cookie cup. The quantity you’ll be able to slot in every cup actually will depend on how deep you indent the dough, so you might have some filling leftover:

nut filling in glass bowl and shown again being spooned into mini muffin pan crusts.

The maple walnut tassies bake in about 18–22 minutes. Once you’re able to serve them, costume them up with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. This little snow flurry is non-obligatory, however makes for a candy and delightful completion.

The crisp sugared edges, the smooth and creamy dough, the crunchy nutty filling… they give the impression of being so harmless, however they’ll most likely be probably the most distractingly scrumptious cookies on the vacation cookie tray!

close-up of maple walnut tassies with confectioners' sugar dusted on top.
Can I substitute the walnuts with pecans?

Sure, completely! You possibly can swap out the walnuts for a similar quantity of very chopped pecans. Pecan tassies are the unique and most typical number of this cookie.

Can I make these nut-free?

I don’t suggest it, as nuts are the primary ingredient within the filling. I haven’t tried the filling with oats, although they may very well be a nice substitute. For finest outcomes, I like to recommend a special cookie corresponding to peppermint snowballs, shortbread, or brown sugar stamped cookies.

Can I make these with no mini muffin pan?

You want a mini muffin pan to carry the form of the tassies. Sadly, you’ll be able to’t make/form them with out it. The filling is just too skinny/liquid to make use of because the filling for a thumbprint-like cookie. An everyday 12-count muffin pan is just too giant, and these can be fairly massive. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to actually strive it and prolong the bake time. See recipe Observe.

Can I halve this maple walnut tassies recipe?

Sure. You possibly can halve the recipe by halving the entire substances within the dough and the filling.

one maple walnut tassie with bite taken out on top of another.

Sally’s Cookie Palooza

This recipe is a part of my annual cookie countdown referred to as Sally’s Cookie Palooza. It’s the most important, most scrumptious occasion of the yr! Browse dozens of cookie recipes over on the Sally’s Cookie Palooza web page together with:

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one maple walnut tassie with bite taken out on top of another.

Maple Walnut Tassies


  • Writer:
    Sally


  • Prep Time:
    2 hours, 45 minutes (consists of dough chilling)


  • Cook dinner Time:
    20 minutes


  • Whole Time:
    3 hours, quarter-hour


  • Yield:
    44–48


  • Class:
    Cookies


  • Methodology:
    Baking


  • Delicacies:
    American


Description

These two-bite maple walnut tassies are made up of tender cream cheese cookie dough and a gooey-sweet filling. A dusting of confectioners’ sugar on high makes for a candy completion. You may make the dough for the crust forward of time, and assemble the tassies prematurely as nicely. See Make Forward Directions.



Directions

  1. Make the dough: Place the flour, granulated sugar, and salt within the bowl of your meals processor. Pulse a pair occasions to mix. Add the butter and cream cheese. Pulse till the dough comes collectively. **Should you don’t have a meals processor, you should use a mixer for this step. Combine the dry substances collectively, after which beat within the butter and cream cheese on medium pace till the dough comes collectively.
  2. Divide the dough in half (every half weighs about 430g every, or rather less than a pound). Use your hand to flatten every half right into a disc, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at the very least 2 hours, and as much as 3 days.
  3. After the dough has chilled, evenly grease two 24-count mini muffin pans (I take advantage of nonstick spray). Should you solely have 1 mini muffin pan, you’ll be able to bake these in batches.
  4. Take away one disc of dough from the fridge (one disc is sufficient for one 24-count pan). Tear off a scant Tablespoon of dough, about 18g. Roll right into a ball, then place in one of many mini muffin cups. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all of the muffin cups within the pan. Use your thumb to press down within the middle of every dough ball to make a big, deep indent. Place the pan within the fridge, and repeat with second disc of dough and second mini muffin pan (or should you solely have 1 pan, wait to do that till the first batch is finished baking). Hold the dough within the fridge whilst you make the filling.
  5. Make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt collectively till mixed. Fold within the chopped walnuts, and maple extract (if utilizing).
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Take away each pans of tassie shells from the fridge. Use a teaspoon to spoon the filling into every of the tassie shells. You’ll have a little bit filling leftover.
  7. Bake the maple walnut tassies for 18–22 minutes, or till the shell edges are evenly browned and the filling appears set. Let the tassies cool within the pan for 10–20 minutes earlier than transferring them to a wire rack to chill utterly. I take advantage of a spoon to assist take away the nice and cozy cookie cups from the pan.
  8. As soon as cooled and simply earlier than serving, use a sieve to evenly mud the tassies with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
  9. Cookies will keep recent in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 1 week.


Notes

  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: You may make the dough forward of time and retailer within the fridge for as much as 1 day, or freeze for as much as 3 months. If utilizing frozen dough, thaw within the fridge in a single day earlier than utilizing. You can even put together the maple walnut tassies by way of step 6 and maintain them within the fridge for as much as 1 day earlier than baking them. Baked tassies freeze nicely for as much as 3 months. Thaw within the fridge and, if desired, convey to room temperature earlier than garnishing with confectioners’ sugar and serving.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Meals Processor | Mini Muffin Pan or this one | Glass Mixing Bowls | Whisk | Cooling Rack | Advantageous Mesh Sieve
  3. Can I Substitute the Walnuts with Pecans? Sure, completely! You possibly can swap out the walnuts for a similar quantity of very chopped pecans. Pecan tassies are the unique and most typical number of this cookie.
  4. Can I Make These Nut-Free? I don’t suggest it, as nuts are the primary ingredient within the filling. I haven’t tried the filling with oats, although they may very well be a nice substitute. For finest outcomes, I like to recommend a special cookie corresponding to peppermint snowballs, shortbread, or brown sugar stamped cookies.
  5. Maple Extract: A contact of maple extract provides distinctive taste. In case you have it, go forward and add some. You’ll find it within the baking aisle of most grocery shops, or on-line.
  6. Halve the Recipe: You possibly can halve the recipe by halving the entire substances within the dough and the filling. Yield is 22-24.
  7. Can I Make These And not using a Mini Muffin Pan? You want a mini muffin pan to carry the form of the tassies. Sadly, you’ll be able to’t make/form them with out it. The filling is just too skinny/liquid to make use of because the filling for a thumbprint-like cookie on a baking sheet. An everyday 12-count muffin pan is just too giant, and these can be fairly massive. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to actually strive it and prolong the bake time to about 28-Half-hour.

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