Pecan Tassies & Birthday Fun

What is wrong with this picture???

No, this is not my artistic interpretation of some deep seeded emotion. Nor did we have a hurricane here in Savannah.

Instead this is how my dad and I tease one another. You see, I got up from the table without pushing my chair in, so my dad reminded me that I needed to situate my chair. My response to that was to scatter all four chairs about the kitchen.

Then I went to my bedroom and found the chair on my bed. I plan to put the chair in my dad’s shower, but I was worried that given his old age and senility he may turn the water on without seeing the chair. Then I’d be in BIG trouble. So I decided just to blog about it instead… (The ultimate trump in my opinion).

This is my dear ol’ dad. Tomorrow is his 70th Birthday!!!

He hates that joke. Har har. He’s really going to be 66. He and I went to breakfast together this morning at a local joint, everyone there knew him by name.

“Hey Mike, what’s new?”

“Nothing’s new, just don’t give me that mean, trainee waitress. It’s my birthday and I need good service today.”

So of course I take this opportunity to tell everyone that he’s turning 70! 

He really doesn’t care how much I tease as long as he gets to visit with Nigel.

And there he is, goopy little blind eyes and all.

Nigel LOVES road trips! He was soooooo excited to see his Nana and Paw Paw. So excited in fact that he pooped on their floor. Wasn’t that sweet of him? Geeeeeesh.

And for my dad’s birthday he requested that I make him his favorite cookie in the whole world – my mom’s recipe for Pecan Tassies. So I obliged the ol’ man and just took these puppies out of the oven.

I didn’t photograph the play-by-play, but I will share the recipe.

My aunt and uncle are on their way south to celebrate dad’s birthday with all of us. We’re having a huge dinner with all the fixin’s tonight.

But dad said he’s not sharing his pecan tassies!


Pecan Tassies


1 Stick butter softened to room temperature

1 3-oz cream cheese softened to room temperature

1 Cup flour

Mix together all ingredients. Let stand in refrigerator until firm enough to handle. Divide into 24 small balls. Place 1 ball in each hole of mini size muffin tin. Share around muffin hole to form pastry shell.


1 Egg, beaten

3/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon Butter, melted

2/3 Cup pecans, chopped fine

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients. Fill pastry shells about half full with filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire rack.


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9 thoughts on “Pecan Tassies & Birthday Fun

  1. My mother-in-law taught me to make these right after we got married. It’s a family tradition each Christmas. These are so good, they’re not to be believed! They’re like mini-pecan pies in a cream cheese crust. Man, my mouth’s watering just thinking about them. I’m jealous! You dad is one lucky man, but I’m sure he already knows that. Please tell him that your friends in Houston wish him the happiest of birthdays!

  2. Happy Birthday!! Love the chair on the bed…that takes dedication in parenting! 🙂

    I have never had a Pecan Tassie – don’t even know what they are but I do know t hey look delicious!

  3. Pat Luther on said:

    We loved the visit and the pecan tassies. Yes folks, he did share! He also took me to Paula Deen’s house. This man and my husband have been friends since before we married which will be 39 years next month. We had a lovely dinner and catch up session. Old friends can cetainly lite up your life. We love ya’ll.

  4. Your wonderful, sweet father on said:

    Hey! Which one of rats stole all my #%^^&^*($+ dang cookies?

  5. So, you’re making Pecan Tassies for Thanksgiving, right? Once I figure out how this “fresh” pumkin pie thing will work out for me, I might even bring one to share…although, I will sadly admit that, since I’ve been back at work, my cooking and baking (and sewing, and crafting, and cleaning, and laundry, and…) skills have begun to falter…maybe I’ll take a couple of days off just to get back into practice so I can bring a yummy treat to share…or maybe I’ll just get a couple of bottles of great wine, and amazing coffee to bring…hmm…lots to think about! Can’t wait to see y’all!

  6. I made these tonight and they are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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