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Every time I hear the words “Pecan Pie”  I can’t help but think of the scene in the 1989 movie, “When Harry Met Sally” when Harry and Sally are inside the museum and Harry is talking to Sally

  • Harry: Repeat after me. Pepper
  • Sally: Pepper.
  • Harry: Pepper.
  • Sally: Pepper.
  • Harry: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
  • Sally: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
  • Harry: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
  • Sally: Oh…no.
  • Harry: But I would be proud.
  • Sally: But I would be proud.
  • Harry: To partake.
  • Sally: To partake.
  • Harry: Of your pecan, pieeee….
  • Sally: Of your pecan, pieeee….
  • Harry: Pecan pieeee….
  • Sally: Pecan pieeee….
  • Harry: Pecan pieeee….
  • Sally: Pecan pieeee….

Mini Pecan PiesI don’t know why I think of that… it just makes me laugh I guess.  But I am digressing…..  back to pecan pie.  My mother’s friend Joyce makes these irresistible mini pecan pies. They are a family recipe – and she was kind enough to share it.  They are perfect because they are not too sweet (unlike a slice of pecan pie which is sticky and very sweet) and just one or two really satisfies. Ideal for a cookie swap, afternoon tea or dessert.

Thanks to my mom we had an entire batch of these for labor day weekend

Crust IngredientsMini Pecan Pies

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups flour

Directions for Crust: Mini Pecan Pies

  1. Blend ingredients together by hand.
  2. Shape into 48 balls
  3. Push each ball into a mini decorative muffin pan like my mom does (12-Cup Muffin Pan Shell, Non-Stick) or do as Joyce does and use a Nonstick Mini Madeleine Pan.

Filling Ingredients

Mini Pecan Pies

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Dash of Salt
  • 2 cups pecans broken into pieces

Directions for Filling

  • Beat eggs at low speed
  • Add sugar, butter, vanilla and salt and mix at low speed

Assemble And Bake

  • Place nuts into each crust
  • Spoon a small amount of filling over nuts
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until crust is lightly browned
  • Remove from oven and let cool before moving the pies to a cooling rack