Pecan Pie Muffins

For a second I had the idea of giving you guys a beautiful step by step tutorial on how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. But quite frankly making a turkey still terrifies me even though I’ve done it several times. The actual process isn’t that hard but if you screw up the bird, Thanksgiving is ruined. In my nightmare I imagine everyone sitting around a huge table staring sadly at their empty plates and then at me.

I’m not so much worried about a dry turkey because with a little gravy, almost any turkey is edible. My biggest fear is everyone showing up for dinner and having to wait a couple of hours to eat because I didn’t calculate my cooking time correctly and my turkey is raw.

Sooooo, instead I’m sharing some Pecan Pie Muffins that a reader Tammy sent me. I want to call these Puffins because they’re pie/muffins. I felt like they were more pie than muffin but my husband felt the opposite. These are super easy to throw together with only five ingredients. Tammy said if you just under-bake them, they really taste like a pecan pie and she’s right. I managed to eat more than I should have. They have crispy chewy edges and a soft gooey center.

Pecan Pie Muffins | The Girl Who Ate Everything

If you’re scared of butter you should just walk away now. Just sayin’. The only way you can screw these up is to not properly grease your pan. Baker’s Joy spray works really well here.

Pecan Pie Muffins

8 large muffins or 16 mini muffins

Source: given to me by Tammy and adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease mini or regular muffin cups generously. Grease them well or they will stick. In medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and eggs together. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined.
  2. Spoon batter into muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 12-13 minutes for mini muffins or 15-17 minutes for regular size muffins. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin and pop it out.
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  1. Those look like they belong on my Thanksgiving table! Happy weekend :)

  2. These sound yummy! Will have to try these!!

  3. I need these now! PS: I must really be behind in blog reading because when did you do a site makeover? But whenever you did, it looks great!!

  4. These look incredible!

  5. mmmhmm looks perfect, I just pinned

  6. These look divine! And, for the record, I have the same nightmare about the turkey!!!

  7. YUM! I’m definitely making these! And they are so dang easy…..I love that! Thanks!

  8. These look absolutely delish!!! And the best part is – absolutely easy! Thanks for the recipe. Going to give these a try for Turkey Day and seriously cannot wait! Hmm, maybe I’ll have to make a batch before the big day ;)

  9. Prepare yourself for an early Valentine from my boys. YUM. Thank you!

  10. These sound absolutely delightful! Awesome idea!

  11. I just made these this morning. They are awesome! I’ll be bringing them to a pre-Thanksgiving playdate tomorrow.

  12. These look ABSOLUTELY heavenly!!! Yummmm!

  13. I just love a good pecan pie, but never want to put the work into it. These look awesome and so easy to do…love that gooey center!!!

  14. My grandmother loves pecans! My husband and I are flying home for Christmas, and I know she would love this little treat! Thanks for the recipe :)

  15. Love your quick and easy recipes! Made these this afternoon for a family get together. Yummy! But i subbed walnuts for pecans…still turned out fantastic!

  16. I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! Thank you for sharing!

  17. These look so moorish and you are absolutely gorgeous and your family the same.
    Are you LDS?

  18. I made these and they’re fantastic. Super easy and delicious. Will make them again! Thx!

  19. when you don’t feel like making a HUGE pie – pecan pie muffins come to the rescue. how perfect and EASY. I am all about easy baking recipes this time of year. Love this recipe Christy :)

  20. Thats it?! so easy, and I love love love pecan pie! and muffins ; D need to give these a try.

  21. Jeanine Larson says:

    Christy, I love your comments after the pictures. Were these thanksgiving food pictures taken on your back porch? I think you should share with your bloggers the truth about John carving the lean turkey with four legs. love you! Mom

  22. I just made these and they were kind of awful. They were SUPER oily, dense, and they didn’t look at all like the image. I think the recipe needs more flour and less butter and they would probably benefit from a touch a vanilla extract.

  23. Just made these this morning for my boss— they were a hit and I’ve had two recipe request so far! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Eleanor Holler says:

    I decided to make these muffins because they didn.t have too many ingredients. I used only one stick of butter, by accident, and they still came out fabulous, they were very crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. I used walnuts and they still were delish. It was hard to eat just one and I didn’t. I am on Weight Watchers and in case any ladies want to know they are 10 points. So I will make them definitelyl again, maybe on a cheat day or when company is coming over.
    t’

  25. I tried these pecan muffins. I used paper liners for medium muffins. I did fill them more full then suggested so I baked them longer. They did not stay together. I did cool them but when I took off the paper it fell apart. I still ate a couple and they tasted wonderful put I couldn’t serve them. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      @Pat,
      I’m so sorry. It’s hard when I’m not actually in your kitchen to see what might have gone wrong. They may fall apart if baked too long.

  26. These look yummy? My question on these muffins and all muffins can I make them in the Jumbo muffin pans and if so how long would I bake them? Also can I use the Jumbo muffin papers on them? I prefer using the papers so people can handle them but wasn’t for sure if it would hurt. I can’t wait to make these!

  27. Oh dear!! I have just spent the better part of my morning going through your amazing site! You have fantastic recipes. Do you think a brown sugar/pecan streusel will hold up on these? Would it be too much? Thank you in advance…and no worries about getting back promptly! Congrats on your fifth baby!!!

  28. Really easy and delicious! In my house loved them … Only aded one and half teaspoons of maple extract, and taste like a real pecan pie. The strange thing is that even than the recipe says about 16 mini muffins out, left me almost 40! Thank you for this lovely recipe and I´m sorry for my bad english!

  29. I just baked these. I followed the recipe exactly and used paper liners in the muffin tin. They turned out tasting gorgeous! They didn’t even stick to the paper lining, except at the very bottom. Definitely a winner!

  30. Wanda Mercier says:

    Have tried to print two different pecan recipes from this site. Keeps going to a ” blank page”. Help!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Wanda,
      Sorry! Unfortunately I’ve contacted ziplist who does the printing and they said it’s a bug with Internet Explorer and their program. I’ve had the same problem but I’ve found if I clear my cookies it works. Also if you print from a different browser like Firefox or Safari you shouldn’t have a problem.

  31. Made these in the mini muffin pan and forgot to put the pecan halve on top. Tastes great! Taking them to tonight’s party. Don’t really get the gooey center in the minis so I’m trying the larger muffin next time.

  32. I absolutely L<3'd these:) the recipe is easy to remember and is scrumptious.
    I did add a few things to it…toasted coconut flakes, vanilla, dash of salt, and a few tablespoons of flour.
    Thank you!

    Everyone who tried it loved it! Needless to say, it didn't last long!

  33. Have you tried these with gluten flour? If so did they turn out? They look wonderful & so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I haven’t tried them with gluten free flour so I can’t say if it would work. Anyone else tried it?