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Party Pecan Pies

 Party Pecan Pies
Though they're small, Judy Theriot's pleasing "pies" are packed with flavor and sized right for a buffet. What's more, writes Judy from Pierre Part, Louisiana, "They can be stored in the freezer to make party or gift preparations that much easier."
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually
  • add flour and mix well. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • Press tablespoonfuls of dough onto the bottom and up the sides of
  • ungreased miniature muffin cups to form shells; set aside. Combine
  • filling ingredients in a bowl. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon into
  • each shell.
  • Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until crust is brown and
  • filling is set. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to
  • wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.