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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Maple and Brown Sugar Pecan Pie


Honestly, I've never been a big fan of traditional pecan pie. I've wanted to like it. It seems yummy with the buttery crust, pecans, and sweet filling; but every time my dad would pick one up at the store, I would always find myself disappointed by the excessive amounts of that jellied overly-sweet corn syrup filling. This pecan pie recipe, however, has become one of my favorite dessert recipes of all.

I adapted it from this Trisha Yearwood pecan pie recipe that calls for brown sugar and butter rather than a ton of corn syrup. I also tripled the amount of chopped pecans that go into the filling. It's loaded with pecans, as pecan pie should be, and a crispy almost meringue-like coating on the top.

You can use it to make an 8 or 9-inch pie or a few dozen mini pies. I have to say, I'm partial to the mini pies. The larger pie cooks a bit differently, yielding more liquid in the filling. The mini pies however, turn out with more of a nut filling, more crust (who doesn't love more crust?).



INGREDIENTS

*one 9-inch pie crust (or use two 9-inch crusts to cut out two dozen round mini crusts) For homemade crust, try this basic pie crust recipe with step-by-step instructions.

For the Filling:
  • 1 & 1/2  cups light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 stick / half cup of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp liquid maple flavoring 
  • 1 cup pecan halves (for top of pie)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the brown sugar and eggs in a large bowl until creamy. Then add remaining filling ingredients and combine.

3. Pour into pie shell or mini pies. *If making the mini pies, use a standard one-cup measuring cup or large mug to cut out the mini pie shells and place them into mini muffin tins.

4. Top mini pies with a single pecan half or the full-size pie with enough to cover the top, arranged in a circular pattern; start at the center and work your way outward.

5. Bake at 325 for about 60 minutes if single pie and 45-50 minutes for the mini pies. If you're making a single large pie, it will be runny in the center (and very hot!) when ready and will firm up upon cooling. If the pecans on top are crispy and the crust is a nice golden brown by 55-60 minutes, then it's done. You can leave it in a little longer if the crust isn't browned and crispy. Enjoy!


Comments

  1. In my case I just don't like the taste of pecan.

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  2. Looks delicious! Must try!

    Mischelle
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  3. yummy

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  4. This pie looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
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  5. Oh wow one of my favourite pies!!! So super yummy!!!!

    Danielle
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  6. I have never been a fan of pecan pie, but to be really honest, I've never tried it. As a kid I never liked nuts (like, when people would ask if I wanted nuts on my sunday, HECK NO) Since pecans are a less popular nut I never really tried it and always just assumed I wouldn't like it.

    Reading this recipe it sounds okay, though! It seems like the filling is similar to a vanilla pudding or custard? Sounds great! I may have to give it a try :) Thanks for the recipe- it sounds super easy!

    XO,
    amber
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