Party Pecan Nuggets

Course : Candy
Serves: 4
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1/2 cup butter -- softened
1 cup flour
3 ounces cream cheese
---pecan filling---
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter -- melted
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup pecan halves
1 pint candied cherries -- optional

Preparation / Directions:

Combine butter, flour and cream cheese, mixing well. Roll into small balls; pat to fit bottom and sides of very small muffin pans. Fill with Pecan Filling. PECAN FILLING: Combine all ingredients, except pecans and cherries; beat until well mixed. Fold in pecans. Fill pastry shells and top each with a candied cherry, if desired. Bake in 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. Makes 24 nuggets.

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