Pecan Pie

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The holidays are the perfect time of the year (and perfect excuse)  to indulge in our favorite desserts. With so many choices at holiday parties, these cute mini pies allow your guests to enjoy more than just one type of dessert without feeling guilty.  And for guests who may want to skip dessert?  Serve them this pecan pie martini……. this is what I refer to as  pure indulgence!!

 

Pecan Pie Bites

Pecan Pie Bites

Makes 30-36

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ sticks (12 Tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup ice water

Filling

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Optional garnish: pecan halves

 

Directions

For crust: In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. Add in cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

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Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, mixing in between until the dough forms into a ball.

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(To make crust by hand: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, kneading until dough forms into a ball)

Shape dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-60 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray mini muffin cups with nonstick spray. On a work surface (adding flour if needed) roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 2 ½ inch circles and press into muffin cups.

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Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

For filling: In a saucepan, combine powdered sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook for a few minutes until mixture comes to a boil, stirring often. Turn off heat and add in chopped pecans.

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Spoon filling into baked crusts (top with pecan halves if desired) and bake for additional 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

 

Pecan Pie Martini

Pecan Pie Martini

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. vodka (or vanilla vodka)
  • 1 oz. Frangelico
  • 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps

Optional rim garnish:

  • Corn syrup
  • Turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • Crushed pecans

Directions

To rim the glass: Stir together the corn syrup and sugar on small plate. Dip martini glass in the mixture then in the crushed pecans.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add in all ingredients and shake well. Strain into the prepared martini glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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