Buttery, flaky crust. Gooey pecan pie filling studded with crunchy pecans and a special ingredient: chocolate chips! These bad boys are AWESOME.
But don’t overfill them like I did the first time. Major fail, people. Learn from my mistakes: chiseling caked-on pecan pie filling from a muffin tin is not my favorite pasttime, believe it or not. I mean, I can think of a couple other things I’d rather be doing.
Before these, I hadn’t made pecan pie before except for these bars. I was worried about the corn syrupy/sugar mixture and it not setting up properly in a giant pie. That, and other irrational pie-making fears. Mini pies help quell those fears because they’re perfectly poppable and not as dramatic as a large pie.
Or maybe I’m overthinking this a bit too much. Dramatic pies? What am I even talking about anymore?
But wait – before you leave and chalk it up to my insanity, stay for the pie recipe. I promise you, it’s worth it!
These little beauties couldn’t be easier to whip up, have a gooey interior that’s so quintessential for a pecan pie recipe, and would make any holiday dessert spread look fantastic and fun. If you want an extra chocolate dosage, drizzle some melted chocolate chips over the top for a finishing touch. Voila! Easy, delicious, and non-dramatic.
Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies
- 1 pkg refrigerated pie crusts at room temperature
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 12-14 pecan halves optional, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cavity muffin tin with cooking spray liberally. Set aside.
- Unroll the refrigerated pie crusts and, using a 3" cookie cutter, cut circles from the dough. Gently stretch the dough a little, then push down and up the sides in each muffin cup. Repeat with remaining muffin cups.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the corn syrup, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until combined. Stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips until combined.
- Portion Tablespoons of the filling among each pie crust, careful not to over-fill. You may have extra filling, so make more pies with another pie tin. Top each filled cup with a pecan half.
- Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until pies are bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then gently remove with a knife or spoon and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Have a sweet day!