Monday, October 7, 2013

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

I have yet to find anyone who can resist these. I found this in a Taste of Home magazine years ago. I had a subscription to that magazine for over 20 years, but I have recently let it expire. I have been disappointed in the direction it has taken. Many of our favorite recipes hail from the pages of that magazine, but it just isn't the same. Sure, once in a while something will catch my eye, but it's just gotten a little too fancy for the way I cook.

According to the recipe I have, Pat Schrand, from Enterprise, Alabama shared this recipe with Taste of Home in 1997. I hope people think I'm a good cook, but I don't like to take credit for things that aren't my original idea. So if I AM a good cook, it's only because I have a great support staff behind the scenes that include recipes from treasured friends and from people like Pat. Sure do wish I had a support staff to help wash all these dishes! :)

Recently, I made these one morning with breakfast and the crew loved them. I set everything up in the kitchen and they walk through and fill their plates. They are polite and only take modest portions, and then they often come back for seconds. When I made these, as they put their plates up and headed for the door, they would sheepishly glance my way and their hands headed straight towards these left over muffins, popping them in their mouths as they jingled out the door. Does a cook's heart good to see that. :)

I've been scouring online cooking sites, and old cookbooks for new recipes and I've learned that although that sometimes unearths a promising new contender, if I dig a little deeper into my own collection, I find the real gems that I have neglected. This is one of those  gems.

This photo would have been much more appealing if I had taken it while I had the whole batch of muffins piled on here, but I was too late, and after they crew pulled out, there wasn't a muffin to be found. So this is all you get...until I make them again. ; )

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

1 C packed, brown sugar
1/2 C flour - yes, that really is all it calls for. :)
1 C chopped pecans
2/3 C butter (no substitutes)
2 eggs, beaten

*In a bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and pecans, set aside. In a 2nd bowl, combine butter and eggs; mix well. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened. Fill greased mini muffins tins 2/3 full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done. Remove immediately to cool on wire rack. Yields about 36 mini muffins and guaranteed to make eyes twinkle. :)


Dorian said...

Those look good Karin. I hate it when magazines switch direction like that. It's so sad to see a good magazine go down the drain.

Nancy said...

Thanks, for another great recipe.

I agree with you about the Taste of Home magazine. I let my subscription lapse, too.

Jane said...

Hi. I notice sod that the recipe called for 1/2 cup flour, is that correct or is it a typo? It doesn't seem like enough flour. I want to make them they sound so good!

Pauline said...

Yikes! I can't resist the temptation. I made your butter horn rolls yesterday and nearly foundered. They were wonderful. Now this is already on the menu for tomorrow.
Thanks, and I'm sincere, I L♥VE your recipes!

Debra said...

I can vouch that these are crowd pleasers! We've had the recipe for the last ten years and make them for the neighbors for Christmas presents! They are delicious! We make them in regular muffin tins with foil liners.

M.E. Masterson said...

Oh my Lord!!! Pecan pie in a muffin how can one resist!! Thank you I know a few who will appreciate these little snacks...

laverne said...

Gonna be making those!I also used to take Taste of Home and let it stop after a couple of years cause it was getting way too fancy!Sometimes I wasn't even sure what some of the ingredients were.Well yesterday I was in the grocery store and I saw it while I was in line so I threw 1 in the basket.Well,i looked at it last night and it was in the trash by bedtime!Didnt find 1 single recipe I wanted to make!I've actually started buying a few OLD issues of TofH and Quick Cooking off of ebay

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Anonymous said...

Oh no ebay? I just threw out a huge stack of old early magazines. I was one of the first so-called editors. It was mostly in name only but it did have some recipes published. Our Christmas Tea for a local club was also included. Sorry to say I dropped mine a long time ago and I am surprised it is still be published. It is nothing like the original. Linda A

M. E. Stephens said...

This sounds great! Our family (those of us living on these 10 acres) try to eat breakfast together one day each weekend and this sounds like it would be a big hit with us! And, it's easy so my husband would even find it acceptable when it's his turn to cook our contribution (his idea, but I'm fine with it). ;-) I'll be saving this one! Maybe we'll even give it a go this weekend. :-)

M. E. Stephens said...

Well, we tried the muffins and they are superb! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. My husband made them a couple weekends ago. I shared a link to this post on my blog yesterday along with a photo of his handy work. :-)

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