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Southern Muffin Tin Dessert Bites

Southern Muffin Tin Dessert Bites
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With just four main ingredients, this muffin tin dessert couldn't be easier to throw together. Southern Muffin Tin Dessert Bites are mini pecan tarts that use a puff pastry sheet, so they're perfectly flaky and light. This muffin tin recipe would be perfect to make for a party since these bite-sized desserts are sure to be popular with a crowd. You may even want to double this recipe - they're addictive any time of year!


Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time12 min


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed according to package directions
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stir the brown sugar, butter and pecans in a small bowl.
  2. Unfold the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry into a 15 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 20 (3-inch) squares. Press the squares into the bottoms of 20 (3-inch) muffin-pan cups. Place 1 heaping teaspoon pecan mixture in the center of each cup
  3. Bake the pastries for 12 minutes or until they're golden brown. Remove the pastries from the pans and let cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle the pastries with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

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These Southern Muffin Tin Dessert Bites are absolutely delicious and so easy to make too! I took a batch to a book club meeting this morning and the ladies devoured every last crumb. A group of 10 are coming for a craft afternoon on Saturday and, judging by todays success, they will be perfect to serve with afternoon coffee.

Puff pastry is fun and easy to use. These look like they will be delicious! I love pecans so that really peaks my interest. I think it would be a nice experiment to try about a half teaspoon of raspberry jam too. A small scoop of French vanilla ice cream on the side wouldn't hurt one bit.

I that these cute little guys would be wonderful to serve with a breakfast meal or to set out at a brunch buffet. I would rather eat these instead of a donut hole any day - they are much more elegant looking. The puff pastry gives it a rich flaky texture while the filling is not too sweet. You could even make it into an Italian themed dessert by subbing in some toasted pine nuts for the pecans!

For some reason on this site when I type a comment, words do not show up and there can be a great deal of lag time between words or letters for that matter I think it is because of all of the video ads and scrolling side bar is slowing my computer down. I originally wrote "I think that" to begin my comment. Is there any way for me to block the video ads in my internet options menu?

These look simple and tasty. I've never purchased puff pastry sheets. I would think you would need to coat the muffin tin with non-stick spray to keep the dessert bites from sticking.

These turned out really good except a few of mine stuck to the pan. I am curious if anyone else had this issue. I am wondering if perhaps some of my filling leaked out the side or something. I can't tell now since they are all gone.


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