These delicious bite sized Mini Pecan Pie Bites are a delicious version of a classic dessert everyone loves. With toasted pecans, melted butter, brown sugar, and honey they will keep everyone coming back for more.
Pecan pie is a classic dessert for the holidays. Surprisingly, I have never tried it until recently and WOW it is truly amazing. There is something so wonderful about melted butter and brown sugar that make pretty much anything taste glorious. Make them bite sized and combine those flavors with some nuts, honey, vanilla and crispy phyllo shells and you have a winner. Make sure to save room after dinner because won't be able to stop eating these easy mini pecan pie bites.
Some pecan pie bite recipes use actual pie dough however, I love the flakey and crispy texture of the phyllo shell cups. You can find them in just about any major supermarket and they only take 15-20 minutes in the oven to bake. The texture is so light and nutty once they toast up in the oven. Phyllo cup shells are perfectly portioned for about one bite (depending on the person eating them). If you have a dessert spread and your guests want to enjoy more than item like my family does, these are just the right size.
Tips For This Recipe
- If you can not find toasted pecans you can simply toast your own. Chop the pecans into pieces and place them in a dry (without oil) stainless steel skillet on medium heat. Continuously stir them until they start to slightly turn brown and smell fragrant. Next, take the pecans off of the heat and transfer them to a bowl to cool. It really is that easy!
- Cool the toasted pecans completely before adding them to the brown sugar mixture. If the pecans are too hot from being toasted, they will scramble the eggs. No one wants scrambled egg pies.
- I have used dark corn syrup in place of honey and both came out with very similar results. While you can use the two interchangeably in this recipe I personally would recommend using honey. Corn syrup is more commonly used in pecan pie recipes however the honey resulted in better flavor and texture in my testing.
- Make sure to only use "pure" vanilla extract. Many brands have artificial flavorings and do not use actual vanilla in their product. Here is my favorite brand of pure vanilla extract which I use in almost all of my recipes.
- I use salted butter for my mixture along with adding a pinch of salt. The salt counteracts the sweetness from the brown sugar and honey. It also brings out the toasty nuttiness of the pecans. Make sure not to skip this step!
- The phyllo shell cups can be found in the frozen section of most major grocery stores. I use these cups ALL the time. They are such a convenient and versatile ingredient that can be used with just about any sweet or savory ingredients. There is no need to thaw them so they can go straight from frozen right in to the oven.
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Easy Mini Pecan Pie Bites
- 2 boxes Frozen Phyllo Cups (15 per box)
- 2 tablespoon Melted Salted Butter
- 6 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Chopped Toasted Pecans
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir the melted butter and brown sugar together until combined.
- Next, add the toasted pecans, honey, vanilla, salt and eggs and stir to combine.
- Place the frozen phyllo cups on a baking sheet (no need to thaw) and fill each with about a teaspoon of the pecan mixture.
- Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes until the phyllo shells start to brown slightly.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.