Pecan Pie Muffin Bites

Pecan Pie Muffin Bites

I was in the mood for something sweet last week and wanted to try a new recipe so I rummaged through my stash and found this little gem from a back issue of Southern Living.  When it comes to sweets I’m a person who likes “little bites” that don’t make me feel guilty when I have one or two with my afternoon tea.  Only once in a blue moon do I have dessert after dinner and usually enjoy something sweet in mid-afternoon or for breakfast.  If I baked a pan of cinnamon rolls I shudder to think how many of them I could polish off with my morning coffee…too awful to think about.

Pecan Pie Muffin Bites

I love PECAN PIE and the thought of  little muffins with all the same nutty, caramelly flavors made my mouth water.   PECAN TOFFEE  TASSIES  are  our favorite holiday cookie and this recipe looked like an easier version that didn’t require fussing with a crust.  I followed directions and gave the NON-STICK MINI-MUFFIN TINS a spray of vegetable oil before filling them with nuts and batter. I was a little suspicious of the 425° temperature but didn’t lower it.  When I try a new recipe I usually make it as written unless there is some glaring error that I know won’t work, especially when it is from a source I’m familiar with. Next time I will bake them at 375.  The flavor and texture of these little muffins were what I hoped for…getting them out of the muffin tins was another story.

Pecan Pie Muffin Bites

These sticky little muffins were IMPOSSIBLE to get out of the tins.  I tried everything…taking them out immediately…letting them cool a little bit…running a damp sharp knife around the edges…nada, zip, impossible.  I’m definitely going to make these little gems again but will use little paper liners.  I hope you won’t let this glitch dissuade you from trying this recipe.  The muffins are so delicious and were worth the frustration of trying to get 24 of them out of their pans and photo ready.  (I can say that now when I’m not totally exasperated with the whole thing)  The only reason I could get a photo was that the muffins are very sticky when warm and I could essentially glue them back together.   At least they were presentable and I don’t think anybody guessed that  there was a problem.  If you make this recipe, and I hope you do, you must, must, must use little cupcake papers.  Other than this little glitch the recipe gets an A+.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Pecan Pie Muffin Bites
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup finely chopped nuts, to sprinkle in the muffin cups before batter is added
  1. Preheat oven to 425. (I thought this was too hot and next time will lower the temp to 375 degrees) Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Stir together butter, eggs and vanilla. Add to borwn sugar mixture and stir just until moistened. Coat 2 12-cup miniature muffin pans well with cooking spray. Place 1 teaspoon finely chopped pecans in each muffin cup, spoon batter over pecans, filling almost to the top. Place muffin pans on an aluminum foil lined jelly-roll pan. (I did this but didn't see a need for it. No spills)
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes (I took my muffins out at 9 minutes).Cool on a wire rack 2 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cup to loosen muffins and remove from pan.


    • says

      Hi Monique – I have never bought one of those molds and, now that you mention it, that would probably make the difference. I have heard that they are excellent. I read that silicone works great for madeleines too. I’m happy to know that you recommend it.
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  1. says

    Oh, I hate it when that happens! I bought a similar non-stick small muffin tin (use them to make my brownie bites). I swear by Baker’s Joy spray. It’s hard to find, but so far, nothing sticks. It’s saved me with a few bundt cakes, too. I wish I had the self-control that you do. I CRAVE something sweet, right after dinner. I love the idea of dessert bites..only I find that I can easily pop more than one into my mouth (not all at once, of course). I love pecan tassies, and I made some during Christmas. Only, I didn’t like the way they turned out. These look perfect.
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    • says

      I looked for Baker’s Joy spray today in my local market…no luck. I’ll keep trying. I don’t have self-control, Debby. I just don’t have a sweet tooth. Put me in a room with a plate of good cheese and crackers and it’s another story.
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    • says

      Powdered sugar is just what they need, Abbe, but sometimes I have trouble taking a decent photo when I sprinkle it on a dessert. I haven’t figured out how to correct for that. Thanks for the comment.
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    • says

      They probably would stick to the paper but I could live with that. Hahaha…I had plenty of cuss words as I was trying to salvage enough muffins for a photo. Monique has the right idea about using a silicone mold. I could use that for other recipes that tend to stick too.
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  2. says

    Like you Cathy, I think that Pecan Pie just rocks! Love this muffin form to enjoy Pecan Pie without eating the whole pie (which I would do!). Thank you for your recipe! I would also love to prepare a recipe with some of your Bavarian Nuts someday soon (with links to you of course!).

  3. says

    I love pecans and these look like such a nice treat! I’m finding that anything I bake here is a challenge –either it is due to the the high altitude or the fact i never had an electric oven before. I have to experiment with new parameters all the time :)
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  4. says

    The sticky sweetness makes them sound even better :) I wonder if Bakers Joy would help? I find it works much better than regular sprays. These sound so delicious and I think you did a wonderful job of gluing them back together!
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  5. says

    Oh I think they look perfect! And I love that you made them in bites – good to serve as an elegant dessert with ice cream! I wonder if greased silicone molds would have worked better?

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