Mini Pecan Pies with Whipped Creme Fraiche and Gingerbread Cookies

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr (includes cooling times)
  • Active: 2 hr
  • Yield: 12 mini pies
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Ingredients

Gingerbread Cookies:

24 store-bought gingerbread people cookies, or your favorite recipe

Red, green, black and white decorating icing, as needed

Crust:

Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 box store-bought rolled pie dough (2 rounds)

Filling:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

Pinch kosher salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, beaten

Whipped Cream:

1/4 cup creme fraiche

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

Special equipment:
3-inch round biscuit cutter
  1. For the cookies: Decorate the cookies as desired with red, green, black and white decorating icing.
  2. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 12-cup muffins tins with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. Roll each pie into a 12-inch circle 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a 3-inch round biscuit cutter to cut 24 circles, rerolling the dough as needed. Press one dough circle into the bottom and up the sides of each hole in the muffin tin. Freeze for 30 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling: Combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans and vanilla. Set the filling aside to cool slight, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Whisk the eggs into the filling until smooth. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling into each pie shell. Bake until the filling is set and the crust is cooked through and golden brown around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  6. For the whipped cream: Mix the creme fraiche and granulated sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the heavy cream and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Spoon about 1 tablespoon whipped cream on top of each pie and top with a gingerbread cookie. 
  7. The pies can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in separate airtight containers. Make the whipped cream just before serving. 
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