Double Nut & Date Tassies

Double Nut & Date Tassies

The two-bite pecan tarts satisfy the sweet tooth with far less guilt than pecan pie.

From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Active Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes



  1. 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
  2. 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  6. Pinch of salt


  1. 4 ounces pitted dried dates (about 3/4 cup)
  2. 3/4 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  4. 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  6. 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  8. Confectioners’ sugar for dusting or whipped cream for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. To prepare crust: Pulse flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cornstarch, 2 tablespoons butter and salt in a food processor (a mini food processor works well) until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Divide the crust mixture among the prepared mini muffin cups (about 1 1/4 teaspoons per cup) and press evenly into the bottoms.
  3. To prepare filling: Combine dates, water, brown sugar and 2 1/2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has cooked away, 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then process the date mixture in a blender or food processor until processed into a paste. Add cream cheese and vanilla; blend or process to combine. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in pecans. Divide the date-nut filling among muffin cups (1 generous teaspoon each), gently pressing the filling down and smoothing the tops.
  4. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is lightly cooked, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Loosen the edges of the crust with a small spatula or butter knife and transfer the tassies to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar or serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 93 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 24 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat