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Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

This month I’m joining the Fantastical Food Fight for the Pecan Pie challenge. I will admit that I often find Pecan Pie to be too sweet, almost like candy. It can be hard to eat an entire slice. Given that, I decided to make Mini Pecan Pies, so that everyone could enjoy the flavor of the dish without it being overwhelming or too much to eat.

Growing up Pecan Pie was always a dessert at Thanksgiving. I have mixed memories of this dish as we seemed to often have one that was burned or hard to eat. We also had delicious soft pecan pies that were amazing. This recipe is a light, nutty, sweet and easy version that is quick to make and get for serving a crowd.

Mini Pecan Pies Recipe

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Yield: 24 mini pies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Mini Pecan Pies are the perfect size to give you a sweet little treat! These are great for sharing at a gathering.


Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups butter, cold
  • 3 tbsp. cold water

Pie Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, chopped
  • 24 pecan halves


Pie Crust

  1. Cut butter into cubes. Combine flour and butter in a food processor.  Mix well to crumble stage.
  2. Add 3 Tbsp. cold water slowly through the tube feed while the food processor is running. Mix just until the dough comes together. Be careful not to over mix.
  3. Roll into a ball and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll half of the pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut 3 inch rounds using biscuit cutters. Press into mini muffin pan and fill with pie weights.
  5. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Bake for about 8 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes and remove shells from pan. Cool completely on cooling rack.

Pie Filling

  1. In 2-quart saucepan, mix brown sugar, cornstarch and water. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla and chopped pecans. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Fill each shell with cooled pecan mixture; top each with pecan half. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve within 3 days.


Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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  1. These are totally darling! Just enough sweetness to end a holiday meal.

  2. wendyklik says:

    We call these pecan tassies and we love them.

  3. Sarah Ellis says:

    Oh they are so cute!! I love mini desserts. They can sometimes be a little labor intensive but they are so great for parties and large get togethers.

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