I was searching for an easy dessert to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck at work. I wanted to bring something bite-sized so it would be easy to eat and serve. Luckily, my search didn’t last long because The Kitchn posted an entry titled: Bite-Sized: 10 Mini Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes.
I wanted to make every single item on the list – I mean, who doesn’t love bite-sized food!? But the one that won me over was the Joy of Baking recipe for Pecan Tassies that The Kitchn linked to. Pecan Tassies are basically bite-sized pecan pies.
The key to this recipe is getting one of those mini-muffin trays that are non-stick and good unsalted butter at room temperature. If you know you’re going to bake these, leave the butter out in the morning before you head out to work so it will be soft enough for you to cook with in the evening.
Also, for the crust, you need to cut out a circle that is slightly bigger than the individual muffin in the tray – I suggest looking at your cups as a cookie cutter and testing out different cups to find the right size – I ended up using a mug and it was the perfect size! I then used a fork to put ridges on them before I poured the sweet sugary pecan pie goodness in.
Note: Every mini-pecan pie was eaten at the potluck. I think this was a successful dessert…. down to each bite!
More bite-sized recipes for Thanksgiving (and the holidays): The Kitchn