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Caramel Tassies

Today is the final day of #ChristmasCookies Week and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! My last recipe is another new one for me, tassies.  I've made cookie cups before but these Caramel Tassies from Taste of Home were my first try at a cream cheese based dough.

It's super simple to put together, cream cheese, butter and flour.  Be sure that everything is softened and that the cream cheese and butter are really fluffy before you add the flour. After it's chilled you roll it into balls and then press them up the sides of the tins.  I like to use a tart tamper for this.

Dock the dough using a fork or a skewer.  This helps the bottoms of the tassie stay flat. But don't worry, if some rise up after being baked just use the tamper to push them back down while they're still hot.

The caramel filling is 2 ingredients. I hate unwrapping caramels so I bought the bits instead. Like everything else, the package has been downsized. I started with 11 oz of bits and 1/4c evaporated milk and then I added about 1 tablespoon more of the milk.

Next up is the frosting.  I'm going to say that I don't think the recipe really needs it. I made the tassies multiple ways- just caramel, just caramel and frosting, caramel, frosting and melted chocolate and just caramel and chocolate.

I used Lindt Dark Chocolate with sea salt for drizzle.  That along with the caramel were absolutely my favorite.  My guys preferred the ones with just the caramel. 

Thank you again to Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting Christmas Cookies Week and to all of the other the other bloggers for sharing their fantastic recipes this week. If you try any of the recipes be sure to go and let them know by leaving a comment or a rating!


Caramel Tassies

Caramel Tassies
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramel bits
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 to 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons melted dark chocolate, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Gradually add flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls; press onto the bottom and up the sides of ungreased miniature muffin cups. Prick bottoms with a fork. Bake at 375° until golden brown, 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with milk. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Using 2 spoons, fill pastry cups with caramel mixture. Cool to room temperature.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat shortening and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and milk until fluffy. Pipe onto filling. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in the refrigerator.
Cream cheese, caramel, cookie cups
Cookies, dessert






  1. These cookies sound absolutely delicious to me. I am a huge caramel fan.

  2. These are adorable. That docking trick is great!!!

  3. These caramel tassies look and sound scrumptious! They will be a great addition to my Holiday cookie tray.

  4. Caramel is always a good idea! The tip about pricking the dough with a fork is so helpful! I wouldn't have thought to do that!

  5. These are delightful! Who doesn't love caramel??

  6. I love a cream cheese-based dough. A bit wet to work with sometimes but oh so yummy!

  7. I love this cookie! Caramel filling has me!

  8. I love the caramel filling in the cookie cup! Such a great holiday treat!

  9. My family of caramel lovers would go crazy these!

  10. Mmmmm, reminds me of a Twix Candy Bar. Great cookie for sure

  11. I am loving it! I have a weakness for caramel and these sound heavenly to me. Great cookies!


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