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Miniature Nut Cups (Tea Tassies) – Recipe

Tea TassiesMy sisters-in-law are experts on making these Miniature Nut Cups, also known as Tea Tassies.  These present themselves exceptionally well on a holiday cookie tray, and practically melt in your mouth.  They are one of our family’s  favorite holiday cookies.

This project runs much smoother with team work, rather than solo, so I would suggest a helping hand if possible.

This recipe makes between 80-100 pieces.

Ingredients for cookies (cups):

  • 8 oz Philadelphia Original cream cheese (not light)
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened (1 lb)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions for cookies (cups):

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the softened butter with the cream cheese.
  2. Add flour, and mix well.
  3. Cover the dough, and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
  4. Work with small amounts of the dough at a time, and keep the rest refrigerated.
  5. Shape 1 inch balls.
  6. Place them in an ungreased miniatue cup form (much smaller cups than cup cake pans).
  7. Work with your fingers, to evenly line the miniature cup forms with the dough, creating dough cups.
  8. Prepare the filling.
  9. Pour hot filling into cups, filling them 3/4 full.
  10. You may sprinkle the tops with a pinch of finely ground walnuts.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven at 325F, for 20-30 minutes.
  12. Watch for the filling to set,  which will be another sign that they are done.
  13. Cool them completely before storing or serving.
  14. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

While the first batch is baking, work on the next batch, until you use up all the dough.  If you only have a single oven, you will most likely be able to bake only two pans at a time.

This recipe is much easier for two people to work with.  One working with the cup formation, and the other one is cooking the filling, and fills up the cups, and bakes.

These freeze very well, so you can make them ahead of time.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 3  cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts for topping

Filling Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together (except 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts).
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Cook on medium heat, until thick.
  5. Do not overcook, since you need to keep it warm while filling the cups.

TIP: I have seen lots of similar recipes which do not require the filling to be cooked, but it really makes a big difference in the texture of the filling.

The cooked filling is much lighter and fluffier, once baked.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Nut Cups (Tea Tassies) – Recipe”

  1. busymom says:

    These are SO yummy! I just had some this weekend and LOVED them!

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Yes they sure are delicious! Not very sweet either…just perfect.

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