Posted by Schmitty
Caramel Cream Tassies
6 ounces Cream Cheese softened
1 cup margarine softened (I will use butter)
2 cups flour
1 bag light or dark caramels (32 ounces)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped
For dough, combine cream cheese, margarine or butter and flour. Form into a ball of dough. Pinch off 48 equal pieces of dough. Press each piece into mini muffin tins, pressing dough up to rim of cup. You will need 4 pans, each pan has 12 mini cups. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake the shells about 15 minutes or until cups are golden brown. Carefully invert shells onto racks to cool.
For filling, melt caramels in evaporated milk. Keep warm. Fill shells half full, then frost with the following and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Frosting: Beat together all ingredients until creamy. If desired, top each cookie with a quarter piece of cherry plus the nuts. Place in mini paper liners. these can be frozen.
Yields 4 dozen
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