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Mini Me

December 15, 2010

I find miniature things completely irresistible. 

Obviously mini horses trump regular horses:

Suncrest Holly Smoke on the run

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:

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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

Ingredients:

Pie Dough:

1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup flour

Filling:

2 eggs

2 tbsp. softened butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

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:

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Annnnnd the final product:

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*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.

PS—Speaking of miniatures, check out my new guest blogger:

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🙂

26 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 9:03 pm

    Yes, mini versions are awesome. I want that pony too. LOL

  2. December 15, 2010 9:05 pm

    minis are the best…they’re also totally calorie free 🙂

  3. December 15, 2010 9:07 pm

    Mini is ALWAYS better. I have recently become obsessed with all things (desserts, mostly) miniature. Sophie is too cute!

  4. December 15, 2010 9:12 pm

    The mini versions always have far less calories, right? That’s why you can eat more!

  5. December 15, 2010 9:48 pm

    Aw, so much cuteness in this post! The mini horse is SO cute- the pups prob wouldn’t be too happy if it were in your stocking though 😉 Sophie is soooo adorable.

    I may have just drooled looking at the photos for the mini pies. Delicious!

  6. Ayla permalink
    December 15, 2010 9:51 pm

    That horse is so cute! I went through this faze where I desperately wanted a miniature horse/pony/whatever the heck that thing would be called.

  7. December 15, 2010 9:53 pm

    Super cute post, love the mini horse! If he’s not in your stocking, then he’ll probably be in mine. 😛 Awesome pie recipe and reminds me of a few mini raw dessert recipes I’ve been meaning to try.

  8. December 15, 2010 10:02 pm

    1. I love all things in miniature as well. Especially spoons.

    2. I make a similar recipe (although I never make dough from scratch…I’m too lazy), except mine have chocolate and bourbon in them as an ode to the Kentucky Derby.

    3. I don’t know why I do that, as I am not from Kentucky.

  9. December 15, 2010 10:24 pm

    Yum! I’ve always wanted to try pecan pie(or 6…)

  10. December 15, 2010 11:01 pm

    Ok, thats the cutest mini-horse I’ve ever seen!! All things mini are the best!

  11. December 15, 2010 11:41 pm

    I want a mini horse too. More than I wanted a pony when I was eight. The only problem with miniature desserts is that they don’t count. And then I’m lying on the couch clutching my stomach in agony…

  12. December 16, 2010 12:41 am

    I’m temped to make these immediately! Love the miniature horse, BTW. 🙂 Holly Smoke?!?

  13. December 16, 2010 1:20 am

    We actually have a friend who’s family owns a miniature horse farm. What is it about miniature things that are more appealing somehow?

  14. December 16, 2010 1:20 am

    mini anything is so fun! to eat (not to make, a total PITA making tiny stuff…lol)

    the filling. swoon and drool, i want it! i could eat a bowl full of just the filling!

  15. December 16, 2010 1:53 am

    Those look amazing!!! I also love all things mini, but these are at the top of my list. And calorie free too!!

  16. December 16, 2010 1:57 am

    Your guest blogger is ADORABLE!!!

    And those mini pecan pies….yummm! Pecan pie is my favorite, and anything in mini form is best, I’m with you!

  17. actorsdiet permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:34 am

    cuuuute. mini pecan pies would be great with mini chocolate chips!

  18. December 16, 2010 6:14 am

    Hee hee, mini versions of desserts lets you eat more, too. I love mini spoons and forks. They make eating so…dainty.

  19. December 16, 2010 11:53 am

    Besides a good ole cookie sheet, my mini baking tins are what I reach for when baking. A little bite (or three) is all you really need, right?

  20. Ali permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:44 pm

    Anna, you crack me up!

    “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.”

    🙂 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family!

  21. Ryan permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:38 pm

    I can’t believe you replaced me as a guest blogger. I guess I can’t blame you, though.

  22. December 16, 2010 10:10 pm

    Yum, looks delicious!

  23. December 16, 2010 10:32 pm

    I love mini things too!! They can be so cute 😉

    Mini Pecan pies love it!! Perfect bite-size treat!! YUM

  24. greensandjeans permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:59 pm

    Did you know that mini ponies are used as seeing eye ponies? How adorable is THAT?

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