Pecan Pickups

a plate of pecan pickups

Pecan Pickups are delectably soft tarts in miniature, filled with a sweet gooey brown sugar nectar and freshly chopped nuts. The earthy autumn undertones of these bite-size desserts are a perfect fit for the cooler seasons. Make Granny’s Pecan Pickups the centerpiece of this year’s Christmas cookie tray. But you may want to plan on making a double batch since these tasty tarts are usually the first to go!

Like most dessert recipes using pecans, Pecan Pickups are influenced by Southern home-cooking traditions. The sweet and buttery flavors of pecan add a unique profile to these pastry cups. Pecan Pickups are essentially tiny little pecan pies - perfect for an on-the-go treat!


3 ounces (85 grams) cream cheese
1 stick (113 grams) butter or margarine
1 cup flour

34 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
12 cup finely chopped pecans
1 egg


  • 1. Mix cream cheese, butter, and flour. Using a junior size muffin tin, place the size of a small walnut into each muffin hole. Chill for about ½ hour. Then, form the dough with your thumb.

  • 2. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Combine the brown sugar, vanilla, melted butter, pecans, and egg. Place 1 teaspoon mixture into each pastry shell.

  • 3. Bake for 20 minutes.
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