Maple Pecan Pie Bites
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Serves: 24 mini pies
 
These Maple Pecan Pie Bites are a great addition to any holiday table!
Ingredients
  • CRUST:
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp. vanilla bean powder
  • PECAN FILLING:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 24 pecan halves and powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. For Crust; beat softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add flour and vanilla powder; mix only until a soft dough forms. Gather into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap; chill in refrigerator for 1 hour 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. For Pecan Filling; whisk together eggs, sugar, syrups, coconut oil, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until well combined.
  4. Lightly toast your pecans in a small pan until warm and fragrant. Add your pecans into the egg mixture and stir.
  5. Spray a 24-sized mini muffin/cupcake pan with cooking spray. Roll out your cold dough into a ½-inch thickness. I use plastic wrap sprinkled with flour to roll it out. Cut into circles using a 2.5-inch cookie cutter or jar. Press each circle carefully into each mini cupcake cavity. Re-roll dough as needed and chill until ready to roll. Fill each pie crust with 1 tablespoon of filling. Dipping the pecan halves into the filling, top the pies with a pecan half if desired.
  6. Bake pies for 15 minutes, or until crusts is lightly browned. Cool pies and use a knife to pop them out. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve!
Recipe by Will Bake for Books at http://www.willbakeforbooks.com/2015/11/maple-pecan-pie-bites/