Mini Derby Pies
This recipe is a family favorite that we have been making for at least 25 years.
Our traditional recipe uses Walnuts, but to celebrate Kentucky Derby, we wanted to make mini pecan pies — so we swapped the walnuts for pecans.
Some folks call these Tassies, others call them Tartlets but today we are calling them Mini Derby Pies because they are part of our Kentucky Derby Soiree!
Read more about that here – where you’ll find lots of Kentucky Derby decorating inspiration and some winning recipes for yummy treats like Benedictine Spread and Kentucky Hot Browns!
Here’s the Recipe! (sorry, no pictures of the baking process here — my hands were too buttery to hold the camera)
3 oz Cream Cheese
1 Stick of Butter
1 Cup of Flour
Combine all and mix well.
Shape into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter.
Shape Balls into cups by inserting a finger into the center of each.
Chill 15-20 Minutes
3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3/4 cup chopped Pecans
1 Teaspoon Butter
a pinch of Salt
Fill each of the muffin cups with filling.
Bake 30 Minutes at 350 degrees
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
In my family, we always made these for the big fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we always doubled the recipe so we would have enough for the whole house full of guests – I miss those days a lot.
I doubled the recipe this time and was shocked that it yielded a whopping 79 mini pies.
I believe the original recipe yields 24, so I should have only had 48 — I may be making them a lot smaller than the recipe says, but that is how we have always done it!
The original recipe says to use a mini muffin tin, but we have always just used the mini muffin cup liners and placed them all on a cookie sheet.
It would just take way too long cooking them in multiple batches.
I’m not sure if we’ll get to the Mint Julep Brownies I had planned to make, so that will have to wait until next year. That brings our very first Kentucky Derby celebration to a close.
We had lots of fun trying new things and look forward to discovering many more reasons to celebrate!
For more Kentucky Derby check out the links below to other Magical Giggles articles packed full of Kentucky Derby decorating inspiration and winning recipes for yummy treats like Benedictine Spread and Kentucky Hot Browns!
Kentucky Derby Decorating Inspiration
Benedictine Spread Recipe
Kentucky Hot Browns Recipe
Mini Derby Pie Recipe
Pssst….Hold on to your sombrero — Cinco de Mayo is next!
Festive fiesta festivities are in the works!