I started making these in the early 80's. I bought my first miniature muffin tin so that I could make these. I took these to many potlucks, baby showers, bridal showers, graduations parties through the years. I think I found this recipe in a small Pillsbury grocery store cookbook. This recipe doubles very well.
oz Cream Cheese, softened
cup Butter, softened
tbsp Butter, softened
cup Brown Sugar
cup Nuts, chopped
Maraschino Cherries, if desired
Crust: Mix together the cream cheese, butter and flour. Chill for one hour. Make into small balls. Spread in mini muffin tins. Filling: Mix together butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and chopped nuts. Place a spoonful of filling in the crust. Top with 1/2 slice of maraschino cherry, if desired. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.