Saturday, November 21, 2015

Beyond Pumpkin Pie: Gluten-Free Pecan Tassies

It's true...not everyone likes pumpkin pie.

I'm not sure who these people are....not me for sure, but I know they are out there!

I think they might prefer something different this Thanksgiving so I wanted to share with you an dessert that we just made in a Williams-Sonoma cooking class which would be a great alternative.

These wonderful little bites or tassies are reminiscent of a pecan pie. Yes, they are delicious and very easy to make. They are the perfect bite of something sweet for those that don't like pumpkin, or had to much to eat during Thanksgiving!

Another plus is that they are gluten-free, and they take a little help from pecan pie mix in a jar.  Couldn't get much easier than this!

Enjoy this alternative for dessert this holiday season!

Gluten-Free Pecan Tassies


9 oz. (280 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
24 Tbs. (3 sticks) (12 oz./375 g) unsalted butter, at room
3 cups (15 oz./470 g) Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 jar (1 lb. 12 oz./875 g) San Saba Pecan Pie In-a-Jar
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) (2 oz./60 g) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (4 oz./125 g) coarsely chopped pecans


Place the cream cheese, butter, flour and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands, work the ingredients together until they form a uniform dough. Divide the dough in half and shape into two disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Position racks in the lower and top thirds of an oven and preheat to 350ºF (180ºC). Spray two mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until uniformly combined. Add the pie filling and melted butter and stir until combined. Stir in the chopped pecans and set the filling aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide each disk into 24 balls, each about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Place 1 ball of dough into each mini muffin well. Using your thumb and fingers, press the dough into the bottom of each well and press along the sides until the dough reaches the top.

Carefully spoon filling into dough, about 1 heaping Tbs. per well, stirring the filling occasionally to make sure the pecan pieces are evenly distributed.

Bake until the dough is golden brown and the top of filling looks sugary and crunchy, about 30 minutes, rotating the muffin pans 180 degrees and from top to bottom about halfway through baking. Allow the tassies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then, using a small offset spatula, carefully transfer the tassies to a wire rack. Let cool completely before serving. Makes about 4 dozen tassies.

Source:  pictures and recipes are from Williams-Sonoma

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