Well, looky here. I managed to pry myself away from work long enough to tweak a few photos and slap ‘em together to bring Nana to you today. And lucky you are, because I am finally sharing my family’s very very favorite Christmas cookie, the TEA TOSSIE.
No, I don’t know why they are called that.
They are kind of like teensy pecan pies. Bite sized pecan pies. Probably dangerous, but what the hell, I only make them once a year.
Nana used to make a million kinds of cookies at Christmastime. A kind of insane amount. There were some weird strawberry-looking things, rocky road, buckeyes, peanut butter dates, peanut blossoms, starlight mint surprises, sugar cookies and I’m sure more that I am forgetting. I can’t even compete with that assortment. I have to contain my cookie output to a few different ones. I don’t have that many people to feed anyway and would probably just eat them all myself at midnight.
Anyway, these are a two-stepper because you have to make the dough for the tiny pie crusts–it’s easy, I swear–put it into your mini muffin tins then fill with the pecan stuff. It takes a while–just for chilling dough–but once you are going it’s simple. And oh, so worth it.