How to Make Mini Pecan Pies

During the holidays, you can't go wrong with pecan pie. It's sweet, crunchy, and downright delicious. However, when you're baking for a crowd, mini pecan pies are the way to go. You can easily share them with friends and family—no cutting required. The key is to use a mini muffin pan to make individual (and adorable) mini pecan pies. They double as tasty gifts, too!

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 pie crust dough

  • 1/2 cup pecans

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of cinnamon

  • Butter for greasing

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Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Roll out the pie crust dough. Use a cookie cutter, upside down glass, or mason jar lid to cut out 2 1/2 to 2 3/4-inch circles.

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Step 2

Grease a mini muffin pan. Mold a circle into each cavity. Use your fingers to smooth out the sides and edges.

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Continue cutting circles until there isn't enough dough to cut another one.

Roll the remaining dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. With your thumb and pointer finger, mold one ball into each cavity.

You can also use this method if you don't have a cookie cutter or mason jar lid.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.

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Step 3

Chop the pecans into smaller pieces.

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Step 4

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Do not overbeat.

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Step 5

In a large bowl, combine the egg, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Add the pecans and mix well.

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Step 6

Fill each cavity with the pecan mixture. Do not overfill; the filling should sit below the edge. The mixture will rise in the oven, so it's important to avoid using too much.

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Step 7

If you'd like, use leftover dough to decorate the mini pecan pies. You can use small cookie cutters or pie crust cutters.

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Step 8

Bake for 20 minutes or until the filling is set.

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To make more than 12 mini pecan pies, use a 24-cup mini muffin pan and two pie crusts. Double all of the filling ingredients.

Happy holiday baking!

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