Mini Maple Pecan Pies

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Shrinking pecan pies just means you can have more of these fall desserts! The hint of maple makes these treats extra sweet.

mini maple-pecan pies
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
90 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 mini pies

Ingredients

  • ½ of an 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

  • ¼ cup 60% to 70% tub-style vegetable oil spread

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup sugar*

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup**

  • 1 tablespoon 60% to 70% tub-style vegetable oil spread, melted

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

  • 12 pecan halves (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. For pastry, in a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup vegetable oil spread with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in flour on low speed just until combined. Shape pastry into 12 balls. Press pastry balls onto the bottoms and up the sides of 12 ungreased 2 1/2-inch muffin cups (pastry will be thin). Bake for 15 minutes (pastry will shrink slightly as it bakes).

  2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium bowl whisk together egg, sugar, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon melted vegetable oil spread, and vanilla until combined. Stir in 2/3 cup chopped pecans. Divide filling evenly among pastry-lined muffin cups. If desired, top each with a pecan half.

  3. Bake about 30 minutes more or until pastry is golden and filling is puffed. Cool pies in muffin cups for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from muffin cups. Serve warm.

*Sugar Substitute:

Choose Splenda Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar. PER MINI PIE WITH SUBSTITUTE: Same as basic recipe, except 173 cal., 16 g carb.

**Syrup Substitutes:

Choose from sugar-free or light maple-flavor syrup or agave nectar plus 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring (if desired).PER MINI PIE WITH SUGAR-FREE MAPLE-FLAVOR SYRUP: Same as basic recipe, except 159 cal., 97 mg sodium, 13 g carb.PER MINI PIE WITH AGAVE NECTAR: Same as basic recipe, except 176 cal., 88 mg sodium, 17 g carb.

To Store:

Cool mini pies completely. Place in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 81mg 2%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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