Love and Pecan Tussies

Sooooo…. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Not only is it the cheesy Hallmark day of love but also my dad’s birthday (Happy Birthday Dad!). Two reasons to celebrate in my book! Plus, I get some yummy Wockenfuss chocolates and roses from my hubs… so double bonus!  As I munch on pistachio marzipans and admire these beautiful roses, I’m baking one of my favorite grandma recipes.

Now something that gram’s did for everyone, regardless of the holiday, is she’d send cards.  I’m pretty sure she had a closetful of cards for every and any occasion.  Halloween, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day.. it didn’t matter.  You got a corny card with a little heartfelt message inside signed with love from grandma.

Who knew greeting cards would be one of the things I missed the most?  Those little notes from grams just letting you know she cared in her own little way haven’t arrived in my mailbox for 1/2 a year now.  This doesn’t stop me from still checking my mailbox every holiday and smiling a little, thinking about and remembering her cards.

This Valentine’s Day annnd first official recipe post I’m making one of my favorite sweet treats gram’s used to make.  Pecan Tussies (also known as nut tussies by many).  Now I know most people say Tassies, but that’s not how gram’s rolled and I sure as shit am not going to change her recipe name.  I even dug out one of gram’s old mini-muffin tins I had hiding in my cupboard.  I love it’s old texture. I’m sure it has to be over 40 years old.

These tiny pecan pie bites still manage to bring a smile to my face whenever I make them for Christmas cookie plates or just because. So bake up a batch!  This is a great one to do with kids or as a couple. Share them with your sweetie (or sweeties) and enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


Pecan Tussies:


  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) – Gram’s recipe calls for Oleo… but they definitely don’t make that anymore
  • 3 ounces of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour

Mix all above ingredients together and put in mini muffin tins.  Use about a tablespoon of dough for each muffin cup.


  • Finely chop 1/2 cup of Pecans
  • Put about 1/2 tsp in the bottom on each muffin cup

Mix together the following ingredients by hand.

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

After throughly mixed, fill each muffin tin (about a tablespoon of filling).


This will make roughly 24 pecan tussies. Put in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until tops start to brown. Remove from oven and cool until filling has set.  Use a knife and carefully run around the tussies edge to remove from tin. Serve and enjoy!



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6 Comments on “Love and Pecan Tussies

  1. I so appreciate your project and what a reminder through pictures of that wonderful laugh and pictures of your grandmother, Dolores.  We all miss her and just the other day I came across one of those “encouraging notes” that arrived so often.  The “tussie” recipe was one I have used and the pictures were your specialty I am sure…Take care and hope your Valentine’s Day was perfect.  Maxine Boarts (OES)

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    • Awww, thank you for your kind words Maxine! I’m glad you enjoy my little project. It’s been fun to do. And they were the best weren’t they? I still have a large collection of grandma notes and hold them near and dear to my heart.


  2. Hi! I noticed the handwritten recipe and am wondering what if it is written by your grandma. I saw an article in a magazine where they take your recipes and have them put on a platter or a dish as a keepsake. Very cool idea! Can’t wait to try these.


  3. Unbelievable Aly! Beautiful tribute, beautiful pics, and beautiful memories of your Gmom! My question….where on earth do you find the time to do this blog? I need a lesson from you….perhaps you have more Sue Pizor in you than I recognized! Atta boy, girl! xo


    • Thanks Marti 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! Gotta do it on the weekends, don’t have any sunlight or time on weeknights. Won’t be able to do so much during wedding season but now I have some relax time on the weekends!


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