Friday, May 3, 2013

Mini Pies for the Kentucky Derby!

Derby is only 1 day away! My final Kentucky Derby Festival craft to share is an easy and delicious recipe for Mini Pies! 
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These chocolate and walnut pies are a staple for Derby parties. Usually you would make this pie in a 9 inch pie pan, but I have made them in mini form to add extra cuteness!

Mini Pies

For the Mini Pies for the KY Derby, you will need:
2 rolled pie crusts
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
1/2 cup of Flour
1 cup of Sugar
1 Stick of Margarine or Butter (melted and cooled)
2 Large eggs, slightly beaten
1 small package of chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped walnuts
A muffin pan or cupcake pan
Makes 22 pies.
Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

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First, mix the "dry" ingredients (flour and sugar) in a large bowl.

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In a separate bowl, melt the butter and let cool.

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In a third bowl, mix the chocolate chips...

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...with the walnuts.

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Unroll your pie crusts on a non-stick surface.

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Using a small bowl a little larger than the cupcake or muffin tin openings, cut out the round pie crusts that will become the pie shell for each mini pie.

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The 2 pie crusts will make about 22 pie shells (you will have to take the excess pieces and roll out again using a rolling pin to cut more circles).

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Take the 22 circles and push them down into the muffin pan. I used a non-stick pan. If you are not using a non-stick pan, be sure to grease the edges and bottom before putting the crust in.

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Once the butter has cooled, add the slightly beaten eggs to the butter and whisk. If the butter was not cooled it would cook your eggs!
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Add the butter and egg mixture to the sugar and flour and whisk. This creates a somewhat thick, somewhat liquid mixture. Add the teaspoon of vanilla at this stage and whisk again.

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Add the chocolate chips and walnuts last.

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Stir up the entire mixture.
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Now you are ready to spoon the mixture into the pie shells!

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Because I made 22 pies, I filled up almost 2 full cupcake or muffin pans.

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Now you will bake the mini pies at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. When done, they should be a nice golden brown.

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All that is left now is to serve the mini pies and eat them! Enjoy!

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Your Derby party guests will thank you for these delicious little treats! If you want to make a regular size pie, follow the directions the same with one alteration. Bake your pie in a 9 inch pie pan for 60 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

5 comments:

Donna K. said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. These pies are delicious! The muffin pan is the perfect portion size.

~julee~ said...

I am totally making these!

Kiki said...

Such a cute idea! I love mini-anything for a party but I've never heard of this type of filling before-- must give it a try! Enjoy Derby Day!

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

These are awesome!!!

Elizabeth Magee said...

Thanks, everyone! They sure were yummy!