Easy Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites feature all the rich, nutty flavor of pecan pie with a fraction of the work! Flakey on the outside and gooey in the center, pecan pie bites are sure to become a staple in your Thanksgiving and Christmas recipe lineups.
Table of Contents
- What Are Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites Made Of?
- Step-By-Step Instructions for Pecan Pie Bites – No Kneading Involved!
- Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
- How to Freeze
- Common Questions About This Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites Recipe
- More Pecan Pie-Inspired Recipes to Try
- Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites Recipe
Nothing says the holidays quite like a freshly baked pecan pie! It’s a staple in our homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, while we adore the classic recipe, we don’t often have the time to bake a whole pie from scratch.
So, we turn to these quick puff pastry pecan pie bites instead! They feature all the same tastes and textures of the classic recipe with minimal prep time and a quick cook time. They’re the perfect addition to any dessert table and work fabulously for holiday parties.
What Are Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites Made Of?
Below are the basic ingredients and instructions to make pecan pie pastry bites. Find the full ingredient list and instructions in the recipe card below!
- Puff Pastry – Make sure this is fully thawed before you begin.
- Unsalted Butter – Salted butter will also work. Just reduce the amount of extra salt included to avoid overpowering the dessert.
- Brown Sugar – Dark brown sugar is best.
- Heavy Cream – This helps create a thick consistency and a rich, creamy filling.
- Chopped Pecans – Save time, and buy them pre-chopped!
- Salt – Adjust to taste.
- Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla extract helps enhance the rest of the ingredients.
- Large Egg – This forms an egg wash, sealing the bites and creating a crisp, golden brown exterior.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Pecan Pie Bites – No Kneading Involved!
- Create the “pecan pie filling”. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, pecans, and salt, and cook until the mixture thickens. Then, add the heavy cream and vanilla, and continue to cook until well combined, stirring consistently. Set the mixture aside.
- Prepare puff pastry. While the pecan mixture cools, roll out the thawed puff pastry, and slice it into six equal-sized rectangles.
- Layer and fold. Dollop a spoonful of the pecan filling into the center of each puff pastry rectangle. Pull the corners of the pastries over the filling, joining them in the center to create a sort of “shell”.
- Brush. In a small bowl, whisk the egg until smooth. Use a pastry brush to brush the eg wash over the tops of the pastries, creating a seal.
- Chill. Transfer the pecan pie pastries to the freezer to cool. This helps prevent them from expanding too much in the oven!
- Bake. Transfer the pecan pie bites to a baking sheet lined with
parchment paper, and bake in a preheated oven until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffy.
- Cool. Allow the pecan pie bites to cool on the baking sheet slightly, and enjoy warm!
Pro-Tip: Top your pecan pie puff pastries with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to make them even more decadent.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
These pecan pie pastry bites are best when served right away. However, if you want to prepare them in advance or have leftovers, they can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to four days.
To serve, warm them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about five minutes or just until they’re heated through. Be careful not to let them burn!
How to Freeze
Unbaked: Assemble the pastries as the recipe card states, omitting the egg wash. Then, place them on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Wrap each puff pastry bite in
Baked: Follow the instructions in the recipe card below. Then, allow the pastries to cool completely. Transfer them to the freezer until solid. Then, wrap each bite with
Common Questions About This Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites Recipe
For this recipe, we don’t find it necessary to bake the puff pastry before adding the filling. However, some people like to blind bake the pastry to make sure it holds up and doesn’t rip or become soggy.
If you’re worried about your pastry bites becoming soggy, brush egg wash over the center before adding the filling.
You want your pecan filling to be at room temperature at least. It should not be hot! Otherwise, the puff pastry will break.
More Pecan Pie-Inspired Recipes to Try
- Easy Pecan Pie Cobbler
- Easy Pecan Pie Bars
- Pecan Pie Croissant Bread Pudding
- Panettone Bread Pudding with Pecan Pie Filling
Puff Pastry Pecan Pie Bites
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups chopped pecans
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 puff pastry sheet thawed
- 1 large egg for egg wash
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter.5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Stir in ½ cup of dark brown sugar, chopped pecans, and a pinch of salt. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly.½ cup dark brown sugar, 1 ½ cups chopped pecans, Pinch of salt
- Add ¼ cup of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixture. Cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat, and let it cool for a few minutes.¼ cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- While the pecan topping is cooling, prepare the puff pastry. Roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet and cut it into 6 equal rectangles.1 puff pastry sheet
- Place a tablespoon of the cooled pecan filling in the center of each puff pastry rectangle.
- Pull the corner of each puff pastry into the center, crossing them over one another to create a “pocket” similar to a dumpling.
- In a small bowl, beat an egg to create an egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the tops of the puff pastry to seal the filling and give them a golden-brown finish.1 large egg
- Place the filled and sealed puff pastries on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the pastries to the freezer for 10-15 minutes before baking. (This prevents them from spreading too much as they bake!)
- Bake in the preheated oven at 400°F for about 15 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed up.
- Remove from the oven, and allow the pecan pie puff pastries to cool slightly before serving.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.