Caramel Dream Tassies


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Ingredients

Filling and Frosting

  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramels (unwrapped)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground nuts

Dough

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Filling and Frosting: Melt caramels with 1/2 cup evaporated milk in microwave or double boiler. Spoon into baked tassie shells, filling about 2/3 full.
  2. In a small bowl, blend butter and shortening, mixing well. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. In another bowl, blend sugar, remaining 1/4 cup evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Combine the two bowls into a large bowl. Using a mixer, whip on high until creamy. Spoon this frosting on top of caramel layer, then sprinkle with ground nuts.
  5. Dough: Mix well. Shape into 48 small balls. Place in tassie pans (miniature cupcake/muffin pans). Press up sides gently. Bake at 350 degrees F until done. Cool and fill.

Makes 4 dozen.

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