Does the holiday season seem to fly by to anyone else? It always does for me, which is why this year I’m making a solid effort to focus on one holiday at a time and savor it.
I really enjoyed Halloween, but now that it’s over, it is time to focus on Thanksgiving! …just wish me luck because I have a hard time waiting until after turkey day to start thinking about Christmas… but I’m going to try!
In the spirit of focusing on one holiday at a time, my recipes for the next few weeks are all going to be foods that would be great to serve at Thanksgiving! I decided to start things off with a bang, and start with the sweet stuff… introducing…
Mini Pecan Pies
- 1 cup Karo corn syrup
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups pecans
- 12 mini pie crusts (store bought or homemade)
Clearly after seeing the ingredients, I don’t need to mention that these aren’t exactly what one would call ‘healthy’, but that’s why we’re making them in appropriate portion sizes! 😉
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix up all the ingredients (except for the pecans) in a medium bowl until well combined.
Chop up your pecans into large chunks, leaving 12 pecan halves aside to use as decoration.
Mix the chopped pecans into your filling.
Spread out your mini crusts onto a large, rimmed cookie sheet.
Sill ‘em up! Focus on getting the same amount of filling and pecans in each pie crust.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
When still hot from the oven, push one of the reserved pecan halves into the middle.
These little treats are awesome. You can serve individual pies with ice cream for an after-Thanksgiving-dinner treat.
Or, wrap them up individually in saran wrap, tie a ribbon around it and give out as a holiday treat to neighbors, doctors, etc- OR do what I did and bring them to a neighborhood party. They are sure to be a hit!
Or… keep a few around the house to make your husband a happy man 😉
To me, Thanksgiving must have pecan pie, and these mini versions are a fun way to mix things up!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?