Monday, December 13, 2010

Pecan Tassies

8 oz. cream cheese
2 sticks butter
2 c. flour, sifted
1/4 t. salt

Mix cream cheese and butter together, blend in flour and salt, form into ball, wrap in foil and chill overnight in refrigerator.

2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. melted butter
pinch salt
1/4 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients. Remove crust from fridge, divide into 3 equal parts. Divide each third into 12 small balls. Press into tassie pan, fill with pecan mixture. Bake at 375 for 20 min. Makes 3 dozen.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.