I find miniature things completely irresistible.
Obviously mini horses trump regular horses:
I have no idea who Suncrest Holly Smoke is, but I’m pretty sure that if he isn’t in my stocking on Christmas morning, I’m going to be heartbroken.
And I far prefer miniature golf over regular:
I mean, that’s just a given.
And don’t even get me started on my love of alcohol mini bottles.
So I guess it’s no surprise that mini foods hold a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because they make me feel like a powerful giant. Or maybe it’s because you can eat about 10 times more of the mini version without feeling guilty—foods that adorable and dainty can’t possibly have calories, right?
And so it is with great pride that I share this recipe with you for mini pecan pies. Eat as many as you want—as I understand it, they’re calorie-free.*
Mini Pecan Pies
1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
2 tbsp. softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350
To make the pie dough, blend the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add flour and blend for another minute or two, until completely incorporated. Chill for at least an hour.
Once dough has chilled, shape into 1-inch balls. Place balls in greased mini-muffin pans, pressing down on the bottom and then up the sides to form little pastry shells.
For the filling, beat together all of the ingredients, then fill about 1 teaspoon of the filling in the unbaked shells.
Once shells are filled, bake for 15-20 minutes at 350, then reduce the heat to 250 and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and firm.
Here are some pictures of the process:
Annnnnd the final product:
*This is simply the opinion of the blogger and cannot be verified scientifically. Although we at Newlywed, Newly Veg do our best to ensure all information is correct, we cannot be held accountable for any errors and/or mistakes made in the information provided, and will not be held liable for any of the following: weight gain, tighter pants, broken zippers, double chins, etc., etc., etc.
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