Since I already strayed from my summer recipe theme with the Chicken Fried Steak recipe I just made, I decided to try another Southern recipe. My first ideas were pretty typical, either collard greens or a drink made with sweet tea. Then I found these Southern Pecan Pie Muffins while scrolling through my dessert board. I love pecan pie, but my husband is a lot less enthusiastic about it, claiming it’s too sweet. Could these muffins be the perfect compromise I never knew existed? I must find out!
Only 5 ingredients and it tastes JUST like a Pecan Pie in muffin form! These always get gobbled up so fast that I usually have to double the recipe!
I was conflicted about the ingredients for this recipe. On one hand, the list was short and full of pretty basic stuff. Awesome! On the other hand, there were only five ingredients. Five! That’s less than the filling for my go-to pecan pie recipe.
I was still game to try this recipe, so I went through my pantry and refrigerator to see what I had on hand and what I needed to buy. Then it was off to the grocery store to pick up what was missing.
And don’t forget the paper cupcake liners and cooking oil spray. They aren’t listed in the ingredients, so they’re easy to forget.
The instructions break this recipe down into simple, easy to follow steps. I didn’t have any trouble following them at all.
Another thing I liked was only basic tools were needed. Just a couple of mixing bowls, a wooden spoon (well, the wooden part was just because I happen to have one), and a muffin pan. You could probably get away with skipping the paper cupcake liners, but they make clean up so much easier!
The times listed were pretty accurate, and I came within one minute of the 35 minute total. Here is how my time broke down:
- 11 minutes to prep
- 25 minutes to cook
- 36 minutes total
As you can see from the main photo, I followed the instructions for the optional pecan topping. The muffins were still soft in the center after 15 minutes in the oven, so the chopped pecans stuck to them with a very gentle pat after I sprinkled them on. I think they added a little something to the appearance.