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Pecan Pie Muffins

The combination of dark brown sugar, vanilla, and pecans in these muffins make them taste just like pecan pie.

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  • Yield: Makes 12

Photography: Mike Krautter

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, plus 12 intact halves or additional chopped nuts for tops
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, then coarsely chop. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter, milk, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then stir in pecans.

  2. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups,adding a scant 1/4 cup to each. Top each with a single pecan half or more chopped nuts, and sanding sugar. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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