Cherry Tassies

What could be cuter than mini pies? TASSIES! I like these mini desserts so much I decided I’m gonna make at least 3 kinds for Christmas or if I’m up to it maybe 12..for 12 days of Christmas…uhm..we’ll see, in the meantime here’s the first one πŸ™‚

This recipe is from last year’s December issue of BHG magazine. I really like how cute these tassies look and the color is perfect for the Holidays. It’s supposed to have peppermint candies but I can’t find those, I substituted white chocolate instead which turned out fine.

The only problem I had recreating this recipe is that the first batch of tassies I baked did not brown well at the sides, I can’t take it out neatly, I guess it’s not yet done so for the succeeding batch, I baked it longer and I was quite happy with the least it resembles the ones pictured in the magazine…I was really aiming for that because it’s what drove me to try it in the first place ( although I think mine’s a little dryer ).

These tassies are definitely not just cute, they’re also yummy..I’ll be making this again for Christmas! I hope you do too! πŸ™‚

adapted from BHG magazine, December 2008

makes 48 cute tassies

Nonstick cooking spray ( if you don’t have this, use butter or shortening for greasing the mini muffin tin)
1-1/4 cups butter, softened
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. peppermint extract (I don’t have this, I replaced it with 1/2 tsp lemon extract)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies (about 18) ( I used white chocolate pieces)
48 red maraschino cherries or liquor-flavored maraschino cherries with stems, drained
Coarse sugar (I used red sugar sprinkles)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with nonstick spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups of the powdered sugar, the baking powder and salt. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla, and egg. Beat in as much of the flour as you can; stir in remaining flour and candies.

2. Place remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Shape dough in 1-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Press each ball into the bottom and sides of prepared muffin cups.

3. Place cherry, stem side up, in each cup (cherry will not fill the cup). Bake about 12 minutes or until pastry is browned. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Use a small sharp knife to loosen tassies from cups. Transfer to rack to cool completely.

4. To store: Place tassies in a single layer in a covered airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 24 hours or refrigerate up to 3 days. Return to room temperature before serving. Makes about 48 tassies.

5. Kitchen tip: Find whiskey-flavored cherries, labeled Tipsy Cherries, in gourmet sections of food stores or online.

Thanks so much for reading…Have a nice day!

28 Responses to "Cherry Tassies"

  1. Patty   January 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    These mini-pies would be perfect four my little girls (3 and 1). Thanks for the idea. And gorgeous/delectable one at that!

  2. Sophie   December 20, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Waw,….these cherry tassies look amazing & ooh so beautiful, Olive!

    MMMMMM,…lovely as a food gift!

  3. kristy   December 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hi Olive, yes, I’m back! Hopefully still be able to catch up wtih all of you. Am trying my best lol! haha…. Wow, this recipe sounds amazing! You should go enter the Gourmet Girl’s Cookie Crawl comtest. Hurry! Don’t forget huh!

  4. The Gourmet Girl   December 12, 2009 at 4:18 am

    You’ve already made the cookies, why not enter them in the Gourmet Girl Magazine Virtual Holiday Cookie Crawl.
    They look wonderful! For details visit click on the Virtual Cookie Crawl Link on the home page. (Right side bar)

  5. Lisa   December 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats on the top 9! Not only are these pretty, they sound delicious.

    • Olive   December 12, 2009 at 5:42 am

      Thanks , Lisa and to all for the compliments, Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  6. Lisa Cumings   December 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Wow these look amazing!!!

  7. Jim   December 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    WOW! These look delicious! Thanks for sharing

  8. theUngourmet   December 11, 2009 at 11:46 am

    These are so gorgeous! I found a recipe for tassies recently that I am dying to try.

  9. Janice   December 11, 2009 at 8:45 am

    These are very pretty and I think I like the idea of the chocolate and lemon rather than the peppermint, especially with cherries.

  10. Divina   December 11, 2009 at 6:26 am

    This looks great. Naunahan mo ako sa dates ha. πŸ˜€

    • Olive   December 11, 2009 at 8:08 am

      Haha…I learned my lesson hirap kase bumili in December, so I made sure I have it in stock a couple of months early πŸ™‚

  11. Bridgett   December 10, 2009 at 9:20 am

    These are lovely! Thank you for visiting my blog and I am thrilled it led me back to yours…I am enjoying myself here!

  12. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie   December 10, 2009 at 6:53 am

    These look adorable and so delicious with cherries! I’ve got lots of cherries around and can’t wait to make these!

  13. foodlovee   December 10, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I can already taste your tassies.Great shots.

  14. wasabi prime   December 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    These are adorable!! These would be lovely to give at Valentine’s Day.

  15. v   December 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    So cute. I love that you left the stems on the cherries so you can grab them and pop them in your mouth. Great idea!

  16. Jessie   December 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

    you are right, these are so cute! They make awesome desserts for christmas eve

  17. rebecca   December 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

    oh wow these are adorable great job

  18. Alta   December 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Lovely photograph – and these sound delicious!

  19. MaryMoh   December 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Lovely…looks delicious. I haven’t started any baking for Christmas yet. Hope to start soon.

  20. Cajun Chef Ryan   December 9, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Now these are quite the nice bite size Christmas dinner dessert treat!

    CCR =8~)

  21. The Little Teochew   December 9, 2009 at 7:05 am

    They are adorable!!! Really too cute to eat! Well done.

  22. Trissa   December 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Hey Olive – I’ve never encountered this treat before but it does look divine!

  23. Cheah   December 9, 2009 at 1:52 am

    So cute …. must try it out!

  24. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella   December 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    How creative! I’ve never heard of tassies before. They make me think of Tasmania!

  25. anncoo   December 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Cute mini pies….yum..yum..

  26. Jeannie   December 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Wow! Lovely tassies…and you are very early in your christmas bakes. But then there are people who have already started baking cookies for chinese new year. I think it that is a bit too early.


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