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Haven’t got time to make Pecan Pie this Thanksgiving Day?

Why not give my Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins a try . You’ll have them prepared and in the oven in less than ten minutes – and you can make them in advance if you wish.

If you like muffins, check out Peach Muffins – delicious served with cream – and Chocolate Muffins.

They are packed with Pecans and deliciously sweet – just like Pecan Pie. You can serve them hot out of the oven or cold – or re-heat them if you made them in advance. And there’s nothing to stop you serving them with a dollop of ice-cream or cream – or both!

Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins

This recipe will make around 12 average sized pecan muffins – and to make things simple I use a ‘cup’ measure. The cup should hold around 8 fl oz / 250 ml of liquid.

Here goes:-

Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins – Ingredients

  • Two cups of self raising flour
  • Quarter cup of raw sugar (or other sugar)
  • Half cup of chopped Pecan nuts
  • 4 oz / 100g butter (or usual spread)
  • 1 cup of milk or soy (I use soy)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons warmed Maple Syrup or Honey (I use honey)
  • Approx 12 whole Pecans (for decoration)
  • Spray oil
  • Extra 4 Tablespoons warmed Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Extra sprinkling of raw sugar

Pecan Muffins - uncooked


Pecan Muffins - cooling on wire rack

Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins – Method

  1. Mix together in a bowl the flour, sugar and chopped pecan nuts
  2. Gently melt the butter in a separate bowl (the microwave is a good option here)
  3. Add the milk, egg and warmed honey to the melted butter and mix well (again, the microwave is a good option to warm the honey)
  4. Add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients and mix together
  5. Use spray oil to coat a 12 muffin tray, then add muffin mixture
  6. Place a whole pecan nut on top of each one (see photos above)
  7. Bake in a moderately hot oven until browned and just firm to the touch (around 12-15 minutes)
  8. As soon as the muffins come out of the over, drizzle the extra warmed honey over each one, then sprinkle with a little extra raw sugar
  9. Allow to sit in the tray for a few minutes then remove them and cool slightly on a wire rack

Handy Hints and Variations

  • You can use wholemeal flour instead of white, or a combination of the two
  • You can make extra large or small muffins, just make sure you adjust the cooking time accordingly
  • The extra warmed honey and sprinkling of raw sugar make these pecan muffins sweet, a little ‘sticky’ and a bit ‘crunchy’ on top. It’s optional, but well worth the extra effort.
  • You can make them several days before Thanksgiving and freeze until the day.  Defrost thoroughly, and if you wish to serve them warm, just pop them in the microwave.
  • If you do plan on freezing them, it might be a good idea to do the final extra step (drizzling with honey and sprinkling with raw sugar) on the day you are serving.  Do this after warming them in the microwave.
  • You are allowed to make these pecan muffins any time of the year – not just Thanksgiving – and I recommend you do 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to Americans all over the World. Have a wonderful celebration with family, friends and fine food.

Thanks for visiting my website.

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Jan Littlehales

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13 Responses to “Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Jenny Locke says:

    These look perfect to make for Thanksgiving. They look absolutely beautiful in your photo.

  2. Thanks Jenny,
    I too think pecan muffins are a great alternative to pecan pie – and much quicker to make.
    Glad you liked the photos – I think my photography is improving 🙂

  3. I love the idea of making quick and easy pecan muffins for thanksgiving instead of pecan pie. I bet they taste delicious.

  4. Hi Jackie,
    They are absolutely delicious – especially still warm from the oven.
    I’d forgotten how tasty pecan nuts are – I’m going to start cooking with them a lot more.

  5. Lisa Wood says:

    I love the sound of pecan muffins. When ever I have a coffee/cake I prefer to have muffins! These with Pecans look so yummy, and sound perfect for thanksgiving 🙂


  6. John Davis says:

    Yet to try a pecan muffin but they work my mouth is watering.
    Gee they do look yummy.

  7. Hi Lisa,
    They really are yummy. Pecans have got such a nice flavour – I can understand why Americans love them.

    Hi John,
    I hadn’t tried pecan muffins before I made these. …and I can tell you – they are delicious 🙂

  8. Hi Jan,
    The Pecan Muffins look delicious, thanks for the recipe.
    I like the thought of making them with wholemeal flour, and drizzling them with a little honey…yummo!

    Murray River Guide

  9. Hi Cade,
    They are delicious – and the drizzled honey is like the icing on the cake 🙂

  10. Thanksgiving Muffins all the way. Just in time for Thanks Giving on Thu 24 November. This is a great addition to the meal spread.

  11. Thanks David – a quick and easy alternative to pecan pie – or why not have both 🙂

  12. Wilson says:

    Hi Jan,

    Those muffins look real tasty. Just took some time off work, maybe ill make a few for myself as a treat one day. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

    Kind regards,

  13. Hi Wilson,
    They are delicious and quick and easy to make – have a go at making them some time 🙂

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