Pecan Pie Cupcakes

I realize that I just told you that I don’t often make cupcakes and here are more in the very next post. It’s really just coincidence. I happened upon this recipe by accident and was instantly intrigued. A cupcake that tastes like pecan pie? How could I not try them?

I’ll admit that I was skeptical that these would take even remotely like pecan pie. But, all the comments were so positive that I figured there had to be something to them. Plus, the recipe seemed so easy that I decided it wouldn’t be much of a loss if they were no good.

You only need 5 ingredients to make these simple, delicious Pecan Pie Cupcakes!

These are so simple to make. Basically, the five (just five!) ingredients are all mixed together and then scooped or poured into muffin pans and baked. That’s it. Getting the batter doled out into the pans takes longer than it does to mix it up in the first place.

Keep in mind that there is no leavening in the batter, so they won’t rise. If your muffin pans are filled three-quarters full, that’s pretty much what size cupcake you’ll get in the end. While I made these in mini muffin pans, larger ones would work, too. Just remember that they might need to bake a bit longer.

Pecan Pie Cupcakes take the flavor of the classic dessert and turn them into cupcakes!

So, what about the taste? Do they actually taste like pecan pie? They really do! I was definitely surprised by that, but that really is the dominant flavor. These cupcakes are certainly plenty good on their own, but I couldn’t resist trying them with a bit of chocolate drizzled on top. Do I even need to tell you how good that was?

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 miniature cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line 24 cups of a mini muffin tin.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin cavity about 3/4 full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until edges are browned and centers are set.


Recipe adapted from

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  1. Cindy March 18, 2008 Reply

    I made these at Christmas. They really do taste like pecan pie! My husband who is a huge pecan pie fan really liked them.

  2. Joy the Baker March 18, 2008 Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie. but in cupcake form!? I may be swayed. The chocolate drizzle is helping change my mind for sure!

  3. Marq March 18, 2008 Reply

    I am Pecan Pie’s BIGGEST fan!! I will defnitely bookmark this one for the near future.

    P.S. I almost fainted when I saw them drizzled in chocolate, lol. Yum!

  4. Katie March 19, 2008 Reply

    These sound fabulous!

  5. These looks so moist and with all that chocolate drizzled all over them… yum!!!

  6. Amy March 19, 2008 Reply

    I have had this recipe sitting in my file forever. Like you, I have been skeptical, because pecan pie is my favorite pie! But, I’ll definitely have to give these a try, soon!

  7. megan March 19, 2008 Reply

    I love pecan pie with chocolate chips thrown in so these are up my alley. And only 5 ingredients, sound like I should try them for Easter. Yum!

  8. jennifer March 19, 2008 Reply

    Cindy, I’m glad to hear from someone else who has made these. I still can’t believe how much they taste like pecan pie.

    Joy, I’m always amazed when someone doesn’t like pecan pie. I just love it! Maybe you could like the cupcake version!

    Marq, if you love pecan pie, these are definitely for you. Let me know what you think!

    Katie, they are indeed fabulous!

    Aran, they are quite moist. Of course, warm with that chocolate on top is just amazing!

    Amy, let me know how you like them!

    Megan, I’m sure these would be great for Easter. I hope you like them!

  9. Elle March 19, 2008 Reply

    I’m the only one in my family that likes (loves, really) pecan pie, so I hardly ever get to have it. I should make these and make them all jealous because I have cupcakes and they don’t, lol!

  10. Julie O'Hara March 19, 2008 Reply

    Brilliant recipe! I haven’t seen anything similar before. They kind of look like little coffee cake bites…maybe good for easter brunch.

  11. Deborah March 19, 2008 Reply

    These are so original, and I really want to try them out!!

  12. Patricia Scarpin March 19, 2008 Reply

    They look delish, Jen, and I can’t believe the recipe calls for only 5 ingredients – I have got to bake these.

  13. jennifer March 19, 2008 Reply

    Elle, go for it! Hope you like them.

    Julie, these would be great for an Easter brunch. Good idea!

    Deborah, let me know what you think if you try them.

    Patricia, they’re so amazingly simple. Hope you like them!

  14. Susan from Food Blogga March 19, 2008 Reply

    Any recipe with “pecan pie” in it has to be great. This one fits the bill, deliciously.

  15. Rain March 19, 2008 Reply

    Got them baking in the oven right now. I couldn’t resist, they look so yummy. My husband loves pecan pie and I just know he’s going to love them.

  16. brilynn March 19, 2008 Reply

    Those pics are amazing and if they really taste like pecan pie, I know of quite a few people who would love them!

  17. Kevin March 19, 2008 Reply

    Cupcakes that taste like pecan pie! I will have to try these.

  18. jennifer March 19, 2008 Reply

    Susan, I agree! I do love pecan pie.

    Rain, I hope you and your husband liked them!

    Brilynn, they really do taste like pecan pie. I still don’t quite understand it.

    Kevin, let me know what you think if you try them.

  19. melody March 20, 2008 Reply

    i tried baking these last night and they ended up not really tasting like pecan pie =( i also threw in a couple of chocolate chips in half of the batter, but found that the chocolate overwhelmed the wee bit of pecan pie flavor the ones with out chocolate had.

    i think next time i’d also add a touch of vanilla.

  20. Tracy March 20, 2008 Reply

    I’ve always liked the flavor of pecan pie but I can’t hack that layer of corn syrup goo. These muffins could be the answer!

  21. jennifer March 20, 2008 Reply

    Melody, I’m sorry you had trouble with these!

    Tracy, my cousin Jenna says the same thing about pecan pie. Let me know what you think if you make them!

  22. Rain March 21, 2008 Reply

    I had the same results as Melody, mine didn’t taste like pecan pie either. My husband agreed with me but went on to eat several of them so he seems to think they’re OK.
    I kind of like the goo ‘-)

  23. peabody March 21, 2008 Reply

    My husband loves pecan pie….I will give these a try.

  24. Ashley March 21, 2008 Reply

    Beautiful photos as always. I’ll have to save this recipe!

  25. jennifer March 21, 2008 Reply

    Rain, that’s so strange. Oh, well, at least it sounds like your husband still liked them! (And I agree with you about the pecan pie “goo.” That’s good stuff!)

    Peabody, I hope you and your husband like them!

    Thanks, Ashley!

  26. stacie March 22, 2008 Reply

    Yum! I love the chocolate drizzled over them.

  27. Steph March 24, 2008 Reply

    wow—these are amazing! You’re right you just can’t eat one! I’ve made 4 batches since I’ve made them—in 4 days!!! Thanks for sharing!

  28. jennifer March 25, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Stacie!

    Wow, Steph! Sounds like you really do like them. Thanks!

  29. caracakes March 31, 2008 Reply

    Oh my goodness…. pecan pie?!? I might have to try this with a bourbon cream cheese frosting recipe that I’ve been meaning to make…. yummmmmmmmmm!

  30. jennifer March 31, 2008 Reply

    caracakes – bourbon cream cheese frosting? Seriously? That sounds absolutely delicious! I’ll be on the lookout for that on your blog.

  31. Kim April 6, 2008 Reply

    I have been thinking about making miniature pecan pie, but I am going to try these instead. My first visit to your site I have enjoyed myself. Thanks……….

  32. jennifer April 6, 2008 Reply

    Thank, Kim! I hope you like the cupcakes.

  33. Kelly April 11, 2008 Reply

    I made these (in no time flat!) in mini bundt cake form. The way they baked made them come out with a caramelized “Crust” and tender chewy “filling”. Tasted familiarly like pecan pie. Yumminess! I gave extras to my friends who proclaimed that I should open a bakery. Thank you for a simple and delicious dessert!

  34. jennifer April 11, 2008 Reply

    Kelly, I’m so glad you liked them! I like the idea of baking them in mini bundt pans. Cute!

  35. Jessica April 18, 2008 Reply

    Thanks. I might try these today.

  36. mareza April 20, 2008 Reply

    i’m in love with your blog…….if i was not too
    busy i’ll be baking now.just happen to check it

    i think baking is easier than cooking as long
    as you follow the recipe .will be leaving in few days to vietnam, hopefully i could attend some cooking class,


  37. doodles May 6, 2008 Reply

    I just posted this great find on our food blog as well……..they are dreamy, taste treats.

  38. Dawn September 14, 2008 Reply

    These are really out of this world. I can’t believe they taste exactly like little pecan pies. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  39. Rico January 19, 2009 Reply

    pecan cupcakes definitely must try to make these, I love pecans. nice photos too..thx for sharing

  40. ona July 6, 2010 Reply

    what kind of brown sugar do you use – light or dark brown?
    these look nice, are they as sweet as pecan pie? i like pecans, but not the overly sweet taste a lot of pecan pies seem to have. thanks

    • jennifer July 6, 2010 Reply

      Ona, I used light brown sugar. It’s just a preference thing. Either would work. They are a little tamer than pecan pie, but still pretty sweet.

  41. Missy November 21, 2011 Reply

    Wow! These look perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert! I’m thinking about trying them with a cream cheese icing instead of the chocolate though. How do you think that would work out?

    • jennifer November 21, 2011 Reply

      Missy, that sounds heavenly to me!

  42. Cupcake and Talk May 31, 2012 Reply

    I love pecan pie also. I am going to try this recipe. Thank you.

  43. Mary Lee January 6, 2014 Reply

    What if you use butter with salt in it?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry January 6, 2014 Reply

      There’s no salt in the recipe to cut back, so they’ll just be saltier. If your pecans are unsalted, then it may not make much difference.

  44. Darlene March 15, 2014 Reply

    These sound amazing…can’t wait to try them! I think I will top them with a Bourbon-Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue. Thanks for the recipe.

  45. Daena November 27, 2014 Reply

    promised my husband a pecan pie for thanksgiving but too lazy to make the crust so I found this recipe! Oh my gosh , they are so yummy! Tastes just like pecan pie! Was going to make a cream cheese frosting for the top but they don’t need any extras, terrific just the way they are! Husbands happy!!

  46. Sese December 21, 2014 Reply

    How long to bake if I were to use, a regular size muffin pans.

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry December 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Sese. I’ve not made these in standard-size muffin pans, but I would guess 22 to 26 minutes. You can check for doneness with a pick inserted into the center. It should come out clean.

      • Sese December 23, 2014 Reply

        Ok, thanks Jennifer.

  47. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze January 2, 2015 Reply

    I made these as a mini cupcake using liners. Once cooled, I sprinkled some confectioners’ sugar on top…A new addition to my xmas cookie tin and a huge hit. Much, much easier to pack in the tin than previous years’ pecan pie squares. All the flavor, a lot less hassle. Plus, I added some vanilla bean powder and WOW! A keeper!

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry January 2, 2015 Reply

      So glad you liked them, Ellen! Their simplicity and packaging makes them a great choice for filling lots of cookie tins!

  48. Lindsay April 27, 2015 Reply

    These are my new favorite dessert! I’ve been having them after lunch with Greek yogurt, which cuts the sweetness. Mine stuck badly to my mini cupcake tin so next time I might use paper liners. Nonetheless, these taste just like pecan pie, have a wonderful crispy crust, are chewy inside, and have a nutty crunch. I will be making these a lot!

  49. Kendall Stark June 17, 2015 Reply

    Could your recipes actually get any better? These a super easy, super tasty and super addictive! I made these for the secretary of the school where I work, because she’s been helping me out a lot with reports and things. She ate 5 in the span of 10 minutes! She took the rest of them home and her son polished them off. I love the chewiness from the brown sugar!

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry June 18, 2015 Reply

      Yay! I love these little guys. So easy to make and so, so good!

  50. Joanna July 1, 2015 Reply

    I made these in 1/2 cup muffin moulds and baked them for 17 minutes. On the first day, I was wishing I’d only had them in for 15–they were yummy but drier and cakeier than I was expecting. However, over the next couple of days they kept getting more moist and chewy. They were still good after a week in the freezer. I’ll definitely be trying this one again!

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