Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pecan Pie Muffins

Summer is coming!

I should really try making something uber healthy, but when I go on Pinterest to search 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme recipes, I always find super sweet treats on the main page and get distracted instead...and then I make them which is where the biggest problem lies.  

Somehow I came across this recipe for Pecan Pie Muffins.  I like pecan pie. Ok, I love it, but what's not to like?  Anyway, I had a bag of pecans in the freezer and they needed to be used so why not?

I NEVER follow a recipe to a T.  EVER.  I just don't.  I always change it up.  In this case I chopped up the nuts in the food processor and then added the remaining ingredients to the food processor along with 1/2 cup of small chocolate chips, vanilla extract and rum flavoring (that one was just because I had it).  Also, I used dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar.  I always sub dark for light in recipes and most times I even sub dark brown for white sugar. What I thought about adding was some cinnamon.  I really wish I had added cinnamon.  These turned out great, but they were missing cinnamon for sure. Brown sugar and pecans require cinnamon in my world, even with the chocolate chips.  

So, I just whirled up all the ingredients into a relatively smooth batter and plopped it into 10 muffin cups.  I am pretty sure her recipe says it only makes 8 muffins but there is no way mine would fit in 8.  Maybe you will find a way.  I even filled mine up pretty much to the top so I an even 12 is possible if you stick to 2/3 of the muffin cup.

I added a pecan half and a few more mini chips to the top for decor.
The best way to remove them from the muffin cups is to let them cool completely, but the baker can always choose to scoop one out with a spoon to sample if she desires :)  Isn't that every baker's rule?

Weren't there 10 when they went into the oven?  :)
Now that I am thinking about it it might be pretty tasty with some vanilla ice cream.  I think I would scoop them out a little rustic style still warm from the oven into a bowl and plop a scoop or two of a decadent vanilla right on top.  Not the cheap stuff of course, but some Blue Bell if you are in TX or some Graeter's if in Ohio. Live somewhere else? Bummer.  Just kidding.  Knowing the best ice cream in each state could be useful so let me in on the secret.

Ultimately they were pretty tasty.  The texture is more like a bar cookie with a slight lean towards a muffin.  

Pecan Pie Muffins

2 cups pecans
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup flour
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 TBLS vanilla
Optional:  1/2 tsp Rum flavoring

Oven 350 degrees.

1.  Put the pecans into a food processor and chop up into small pieces.  
2.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth.
3.  Scoop into well greased muffin cups.  
4.  Bake 15-17 minutes.

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