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Monday, November 8, 2010

chocolate pecan pie tartlets


Last week, I joined together with my friends from MOM'S CRAZY COOKING and From My Tiny Kitchen to gather the tastiest pumpkin recipes the blogging world can dish up.  We collected a full buffet of fabulous recipes and encourage you to link up your favorites from your own site (or, if you don't have a blog, just add your recipe in a comment)!  

So...what's this week's craving?  Thanksgiving sweets and treats!  

Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like pecan pie.  Ironically, I've never really been a huge fan of it...never, that is, until I had a chocolate version.  There's something magical about adding chocolate to a dessert.  

While I'm not going to do a darn thing to make this chocolate pecan pie any healthier (sorry, folks), I am going to show you some ideas for making the portion sizes a bit smaller.  These miniature versions of one of America's favorite pies will be a big hit at your Thanksgiving get-together!   


To make the pie filling, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan.  Add 1 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup cocoa.  Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved.  

Tip: Don't just rely on a quick glance to make sure the sugar has dissolved.  Instead, rub a little bit of the mixture between your fingers...if you can still feel sugar granules, it hasn't dissolved!

 

Remove your saucepan from the heat, and let it cool slightly.  Then, add 4 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, mixing well.



Finally, stir in 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped pecans and 1/2 cup coconut flakes.



To assemble the tartlets...

To make the tartlets, you need pie crusts...lots and lots of pie crusts.  You will use at least 4, possibly 6, when you make these variations on the chocolate pecan pie.  To save myself time and energy, I used the store-bought version, but any pie crust recipe will do.   

Roll it out and cut it into large squares.  If you have one round store-bought crust, cut it into four squares (as shown below), and then combine and roll out the scraps to make at least two more squares.


Place a heaping tablespoon or two into the center of the square.
 

Fold the square into a triangle, pressing on the edges to keep the pie filling from running out.


Use a fork to crimp the edges and then place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.


To assemble the mini-pies...


If you've got a lot of extra filling, whip up some mini pecan pies!

Place large squares of pie crust into a muffin tin, pressing down gently to form small cups.


Fill cups with pecan pie filling.  Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.


I'd love to hear what desserts you are cooking up for your Thanksgiving get-together!  Also, don't forget to link up your favorite Thanksgiving treat or sweet down below for This Week's Cravings.  This Thanksgiving is going to be delicious.


 Chocolate Pecan Pie

1/2 cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut
pie crusts

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan.  Add corn syrup, sugar, and cocoa; cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and mix well.  Stir in pecans and coconut.

To make 9-inch pie: Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes.

To make tartlets: Cut unbaked pie crust into large squares.  Place 1-2 tablespoons of pie filling in the center and fold into a triangle, pressing the edges together.  Use a fork to crimp the edges.  Bake at 325 for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

To make mini-pies:  Cut unbaked pie crust into large squares.  Press squares into muffin tin and fill with pie filling.  Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe is linked to This Week's Cravings: Pie!



Thanksgiving Sweets and Treats!

15 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of plain 'ol pecan pie either. I'll have to try your version because chocolate can only make it better!

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  2. oh yummo! Chocolate does make everything better :)

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  3. All these need is a spoonful of whipped cream! They look very tasty!

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  4. Those look great! And I love the idea of tartlets -- that way, I get my own and don't have to share ;)

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  5. Super cute...what is it about making a dessert mini that is so appealing? Thanks for sharing these! :)

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  6. These look spectacularly delicious! I have got to get a muffin pan! I think we're doing pies for desserts.

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  7. I didn't finish my last comment... meant to end it, but I would LOVE to make these for Christmas at my parents' house!

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  8. Oh yum! I really didn't need to see this blog. I ate too much pie at a church harvest dinner yesterday. But I can see this is something I'd like to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas - and then hope I don't eat too many of them! Look delicious.

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  9. Love the linky tool. Thanks for the invite, I have found some more great blogs and ideas for my own family!

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  10. Your little pecan pies are adorable and I love the addition of chocolate!

    Thank so much for your kind visit :)

    ~Susan

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  11. I love pecan pie but this looks even better! And it's great for a glucose-impaired person like me to have smaller servings!

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  12. Oh YUM! My Dad makes a chocolate bourbon pecan pie ~ I'm thinkin maybe of adding a splash of bourbon ;) ~~ Going to try this one out ahead of time, might just be what I take instead of my famous pecan pie to family get together at Thanksgiving or Christmas!!! :)

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