Cherry Tassies




So many of you have written me to say you have finally purchased a mini-muffin tin in order to make the Pepperoni Pizza Puffs and the Mini Crab Cakes....well here's yet another use for your new kitchen pan, besides muffins of course.

These yummy little bites already have me menu planning the summer patriotic holidays as they will fit into the red, white and blue color scheme nicely. They look very festive all together on a platter.

I love maraschino cherries, they remind me of every Shirley Temple I slurped down as a kid, they were always a treat. And who knew these sweet cherries and peppermint were the perfect complement to each other. I couldn't stop eating them.

By perching the bright red long-stemmed cherries in these tender pastry pouches and using coarse sugar on top for glitz, you have a real winning dessert!



Preheat oven to 350o F. Generously coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups of powdered sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla and egg. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Using a spoon, stir in any remaining flour and candies.



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



Place cherry, stem side up, in each cup (cherry will not fill cup). Bake about 12 minutes or until pastry is browned. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cool 10 minutes in pan.



Using a small, sharp knife, loosen tassies from cups. Transfer to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 tassies.

Cherry Tassies
Better Homes & Gardens

Nonstick cooking spray
1-1/4 cups butter, room temperature
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely crushed striped peppermint candies (about 18), (I pulverized them with my food processor)
48 red maraschino cherries with stems, drained
Coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 350o F. Generously coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups of powdered sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla and egg. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Using a spoon, stir in any remaining flour and candies.

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

Place cherry, stem side up, in each cup (cherry will not fill cup). Bake about 12 minutes or until pastry is browned. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cool 10 minutes in pan.

Using a small, sharp knife, loosen tassies from cups. Transfer to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 tassies.

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50 Comments

  1. YUMMMMM!

    One of Gaby’s absolutely favorite things are maraschino cherries with the stems. They MUST have stems! I absolutely can NOT wait to make these with her. And gosh, I even have course sugar on hand!

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  2. How darn clever. Very cute. I wonder if you can use fresh cherries, too.

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  3. i would love to try these with those sour cherries.

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  4. Those look absolutely DELICIOUS! And gorgeous. And after you eat them, you get to tie the stems into knots with your tongue!

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  5. This is on my “must make soon” list~ Easy and delicious!

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  6. Mary 6

    They look so cute! Can’t wait to try them

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  7. Lena in VT 7

    I think you could make the perfect flag cake with these on 4th of July and do some with bluberries and then powdered sugar! So cute.

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  8. Awesome. Love the look of these and my boys would probably love these because they love anything with any kind of cherries.

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  9. pam 9

    Those are the cutest things ever! When I was a cocktail waitress in college, I used to make myself sick eating all the marishino cherries at the bar!

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  10. Tammy 10

    Those are adorable! So festive and I’m betting delicious.

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  11. I’m not a huge cherry fan, but these look dang good. And you’re right…they’d be great on the 4th of July.

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  12. Debbi 12

    This is going on the menu for my next appetizer family for sure! Thanks!

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  13. deeba 13

    Awww these are just too precious Cathy! I love them!

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  14. Pam 14

    I want these right now – they look so cute and tasty.

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  15. June 15

    So cute – surely these iddy biddy liddle “tangs” couldn’t have any calories, could they? Perfect for the 4th!

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  16. Oh, as if we didn’t have enough goodies already! These sweets are simply delightful.

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  17. Julie 17

    I’ve always wondered what a tassie is, now I know. They look so yummy!

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  18. Lisa 18

    Another great use for the mini muffin pan! I knew there would come a time when I was glad to own that thing.

    I’m not a huge fan of maraschino cherries but these are too cute! I love the stem. I will have to try something along these lines. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. I “stumbled” on your page and I absolutely love it. The pictures, the recipes.. everything!

    I hope you continue sharing your concoctions forever

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  20. Miriam 20

    So cute!

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  21. Ani 21

    OMGosh! These look sooooo cute and yummy. I can hardly wait to try!

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  22. j3nn 22

    These look adorable! I’ve been into cherry flavored everything lately. Right up my alley. :)

    Jenn

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  23. Oh Cathy, my 11yo daughter would love these. Thanks!

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  24. Oh, what a clever and delicious-looking way to decorate a cupcake! I so like this must-try idea. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

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  25. What adorable little treats! I need to dust off my mini muffin tin, pronto!

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  26. dawn 26

    Absolutely adorable!

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  27. What can I say ADORABLE! Another great idea to use in my classroom.

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  28. These are SO cute! My mom is going to LOVE!!!

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  29. maria 29

    I’m from Brazil and would to ask about those peppermint candies. You use to put photos that helps to ‘translate’ your marvelous recipes, but in this case, you didn’t. So I don’t know which one are those. Are they that white ones or the green ones?

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  30. annbb 30

    My husband would faint dead away if I made these for him! And just maybe I will.

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  31. These are just darling! I’ve been wanting to make tassies. This looks like a great combination of flavors!

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  32. noble pig 32

    Red and white striped.

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  33. Kristin 33

    These look like so much fun! I have made your donut muffin recipe multiple times in my mini muffin pan – they are perfect to bring to the kids classrooms for a little treat and the teachers like that they are small!

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  34. grace 34

    there aren’t many treats that top these as far as presentation is concerned. excellent work!

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  35. Bob 35

    Heh, that’s awesome, I bet the kids love it. I’ve been wanting to get a mini muffin to for some time, but I just don’t have the bucks.

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  36. Mrs. L 36

    Hubby is such a huge fan of cherries, I think he’ll love these!

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  37. Marjie 37

    They’re very pretty and festive looking! Of course, I was the only peculiar kid in the entire world who hated maraschino cherries! and I use my mini muffin pans for everything…after all, if you can eat one regular muffin or several mini muffins, don’t you feel better being able to indulge in several? It’s a psychological thing in my head.

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  38. I just have a strange love for tiny food! Those are so cute, problem is I could eat a whole bunch without even noticing it!

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  39. Cathy, these make my mouth water. I love cherries.

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  40. maria 40

    Thanks. We have these ones here and I’ll make another great Noble Pig recipe!!

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  41. These are so cute with the cherries!

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  42. Your recipes are downright joyful. It’s rare when I don’t say, “I need to make this.” Your cherry tassies are no exception, I see of myriad of seasonal fruit options…apricots, peaches, plums…ummmmmmm.

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  43. I was just thinking, these would be amazing using a small pear, like a Seckel. Plate those up with a drizzle of caramel or butterscotch sauce, and woo the diner club!

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  44. These look great! Perfect idea for summer holidays. Can’t wait to try them.

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  45. Steph 45

    Those are super cute! Too bad I can’t stand cherries or I would try these.

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  46. Christine 46

    I was wondering if maybe you had a suggestion for something other than peppermint candies? I have a crazy aversion to peppermint! Do you suppose that any type of hard candy would work? :)

    Thanks! <3 your blog!

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  47. Sally Pearce 47

    Please subscribe me to your blog…..Sally El Dorado Hills

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  48. My daughter just came home from a party and told me about a pecan kahlua brown sugar brie recipe. In searching for it I came across noblepig.com. I cannot believe the incredible delicious looking things here…I want to go to my kitchen right now and make everything!!!!! Amazing! I will love every single recipe on this site!

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  49. I made these for a party last week and they were delicious! Everyone was surprised by the peppermint flavor. I’ll be posting it on my blog next week and linking back to you, thanks!

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  50. phi 50

    I love love the stems sticking out… they’ve got so much personality!!!

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