Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version!

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version! | MomOnTimeout.com | #dessert #Challenge Butter #PinaRecipeFeedaChild

Nothing shouts the holidays quite like pie, am I right?  My favorite holiday pie is pecan pie.  I have always been a HUGE nut lover and pecans are one of my favorites.  Crunchy, sweet, and perfectly nutty, pecan pies are definitely the way to go this holiday season.

As much as I enjoy a traditional pecan pie, I’m a total sucker for anything mini.  I think mini pecan pies are absolutely perfect for large groups and parties and really are the perfect size.  I will be honest when I say that the crust of the pie is my least favorite part.  I’m all about the filling…usually.

The crust on these mini pies is made out of butter, cream cheese and flour resulting in an out-of-this-world crust experience that leaves me craving just one more bite.  After mixing up the crust, I form it into a log and it goes in the fridge while I’m whipping up the filling.  Once the log has firmed up a bit, it’s easy to slice off pieces and fill the muffin tin.

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version! | MomOnTimeout.com | #dessert #Challenge Butter #PinaRecipeFeedaChild

The filling is scooped in and topped with a pecan half.  I think it makes these mini pies even more adorable.  I added chocolate chips to my favorite pecan pie filling for a little extra sweetness and surprise.  Pecans go so well with chocolate!

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version! | MomOnTimeout.com | #dessert #Challenge Butter #PinaRecipeFeedaChild

Out of the oven and into my mouth, er, onto the serving platter.  These mini pies allow your guests to enjoy more than just one type of dessert without feeling guilty.

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version! | MomOnTimeout.com | #dessert #Challenge Butter #PinaRecipeFeedaChild

Now I’ve got a request for YOU!

As an Ambassador for Challenge butter I am excited to be partnering with Challenge and UNICEF this holiday season. Challenge Butter and UNICEF have joined forces to address and build awareness of the childhood malnutrition crisis – which results in the unnecessary loss of nearly three million young lives a year – through a Pinterest campaign.  From today until December 31, 2014, Challenge will  donate a meal to UNICEF for every recipe pinned from this “Pin a Recipe, Feed a Child” Pinterest board. They have committed to 75, 000 meals so please, head on over and get pinning!

If you would like to donate directly, go HERE and thank you!

I don’t think giving back this season will get any easier than pinning a few amazing recipes so I implore you to pin to your heart’s content and invite your friends and family to do the same.  Battling hunger has never been so easy…or delicious!

Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 mini pies
Ingredients
Crust
  • ½ cup Challenge butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbls all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
Pecan Filling
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbls butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans + 12 pecan halves
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
Crust
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Mix in flour and salt until dough forms.
  3. Place dough on plastic wrap and form a log shape.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.
Filling
  1. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until well combined.
  2. Mix in salt and vanilla.
  3. Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  6. Remove crust from refrigerator. Cut the log in half, and then each half into halves again so you have four sections. Slice each section into three equal parts so you have a total of 12 individual crusts.
  7. Press crusts into muffin tin working crust up the side of each well.
  8. Divide filling mixture evenly among the twelve pies. Top with a pecan half.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until crusts are golden brown.
  10. Let cool for at least ten minutes before removing from pan. Slide a knife down the outside of a pie and lift gently to remove.

These Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies are a dream come true for the holidays! Sweet chocolate morsels are the perfect addition to traditional pecan pie and everybody loves this mini version! | MomOnTimeout.com | #dessert #Challenge Butter #PinaRecipeFeedaChild

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Disclaimer: As an Ambassador for Challenge, I was provided product and compensation for this post by Challenge Butter, but all opinions are, as always 100% my own.  I LOVE Challenge Butter!

Comments

  1. You’re a blogging machine! I swear I just pinned a new post, and then like 6 hours later, there’s another one! I wish I was eating at your house :)

  2. Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies! Oh my goodness, I’m sure these were made with me in mind. I can inhale a whole pecan pie in one sitting. I will most likely be making these this year. Thanks!
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  3. I agree with Averie. You are posting a ton of amazing goodness!
    And speaking of, these little pies are so delightful and cute. Pinning!
    Mir recently posted..Caramel Apple Cheesecake

  4. These are gorgeous Trish! I love petite little treats. Mmm…
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments recently posted..Creamy Turkey Lemon Rice Soup

  5. Love this! So fun for serving on Thanksgiving :)
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  6. Oh man, these look simply irresistible! I know I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one! :)
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry recently posted..Brussel Sprout Stuffing

  7. I would definitely put away a few dozen of these if they were around my house! They’re mini so that’s okay, right?
    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen recently posted..Homemade Gluten-Free Chickpea Pasta {a collaboration}

  8. Pecan pie is my absolute favorite! I love this chocolate mini version! And I love the charity drive to help children that you are a part of. I’m heading to that pinterest board now!! :)
    Renee @ Two in the Kitchen recently posted..German Chocolate Fudge Pie

  9. Pecan pies get me in the spirit of the holidays!
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted..Chicken Pad Thai

  10. These mini pies are just what holiday dessert tables need!
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  11. Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at those baby pies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What champion recipe. The picture where it looks like someone took a big bite out of one pulled me in. I love pecan filling and these have so MUCH filling.
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea recently posted..Food For Thought #2

  12. My sister LOVES pecan pie, but I love that these are mini…may have to make these for her!

  13. These look so killer, Trish! My husband loves chocolate pecan pie- these would be such a treat for him! Love the cream cheese in the dough too ;)
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted..No-Bake Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Spiced Pears

  14. I LOVE pecan pie and absolutely adore these mini versions! They look incredible and what a wonderful cause too! Pinning!

  15. Do you have to spray the muffin tin so the dough does not stick?

  16. So adorable and delicious looking. Perfect portions but, I wouldn’t be able to eat just one!

  17. Yummy little bites! Love this recipe!

  18. We really don’t like corn syrup that much…. Could that be substituted for say maple syrup?

  19. I adore everything about these delish little pies! Chocolate plus pecan equals a happy me! ;) Pinned!

  20. Mini pecan pies are among my fave fall treats, but I never thought to add chocolate, genius! Love it!
    Saying hello from pin it Thursday! PINNED because it’s awesome! :-)
    Cathy

  21. Did you use regular muffin pans or mini muffin pans? Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for.

  22. These look delightful! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Great job!

  23. Trying this out for Thanksgiving this year, does it matter if the butter is salted or unsalted? Can’t wait to make ’em, thanks for the recipe!

  24. How could I adjust the recipe to make a regular size pie instead of the mini’s? Does the crust make 1 or 2 regular and is the filling for 1 or 2? How would it effect cooking time? I’ve never made pecan pie before- but I’m so excited!

  25. WE LOVED these fantastic (adorable pies) at Munching Mondays Trish and will be featuring them this week. Thanks so much for stopping by and can’t wait to see you again xoxo Nic (Happy Nibbles!)

  26. So the fact that these are mini means I can eat twice as much…doesn’t it???
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  27. These are so yummy! We featured them at The Project Stash! Stop by and get your featured button! We can’t wait to see what you link up this week! :)

  28. How long should they be good for? I wanted to include them in some cookie tins I’m putting together. Thank you!

  29. Krazy Kook says:

    Make the mini Pecan Pies tonight, and used dark chocolate chips to cut down on sweetness.. Amazing!! I will use this recipe over and over!! Thank you for such a awesome dessert!!

  30. Suzanne G says:

    So… Just to clarify, this recipe makes 12 of the regular 2 3/4″ diameter muffin-sized pies? Not the mini ones that are about 1 3/4″ diameter… Sorry to be so dense! If so, do you think it would work if I used the smaller ones (and got 24 out of the recipe)? Do you have any idea how long they’d need to bake that way? I am hoping to make these for about 40 people, but they can absolutely be “bite-sized.” There will be lots of other desserts, so I don’t want people to think they’re too big. I’m trying to figure out how many batches I need to make! Thanks for any suggestions you can give me! They look so delicious!

  31. Mikaela K says:

    Could I make the crust and then leave it for several hours/overnight and then make the pies the next morning? I want to make these for my neighbors tomorrow for the Pi Day of the Century!

  32. These look amazing!!
    i want to bake them for a party but wont have time that day !
    can these be made the night before? would the crust still be crisp the next day or become soggy?
    also should i store them in fridge or outside?
    n should they be reheated in the microwave before serving?

    m sorry so many questions :/

    • You can bake them in advance and no, the crust won’t get soggy. Just store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They can be served at room temperature too, no need to reheat. Hope that helps!

  33. Thanks, I will be adding chocolate chips to my recipe next time. Also, a tip… your life will change for the better. Pampered Chef makes a wooden tool to stamp the dough into those mini cupcake pans. Will cut your time and frustration in half!

  34. Do you happen to know nutritional value for these cute little pies?

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