Caramel Cup Tassies

Caramel Cup Tassies

INGREDIENTS:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup butter flavored shortening

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped

1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons coffee flavored liqueur

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

2/3 cup white sugar

1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons coffee flavored liqueur

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Beat together the cream cheese, flour, and 1 cup of the butter flavored shortening until well combined. Press dough into a mini muffin tin.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 18 minutes.

  4. Melt the caramels in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add 1 (5 ounce) can of the evaporated milk and 2 teaspoons of the coffee liqueur. Set aside to thicken.

  5. To Make The Topping: Combine the butter, the remaining 1/2 cup shortening, the remaining 5 ounces evaporated milk, white sugar and 2 teaspoons coffee flavored liqueur. Beat for at least 8 minutes.

  6. To Assemble: Pour caramel mixture into the baked cups, filling them halfway. Wait 10 minutes and then top with the topping mix. Sprinkle with ground pecans, if desired.