pecan pie, baking a difference, and a giveaway

November 21st, 2013

I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you all today.

As you know, I’ve been involved for quite some time with the wonderful organization No Kid Hungry, through my participation in the NYC  Bake Sale (you can read earlier posts of mine here and here).

This year Fleischmann’s Yeast, Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes and Karo Syrup have launched the “Baking a Difference” campaign to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, to help end childhood hunger in America through the power of baking. The message is powerful, and heartbreaking:

One in five children in the U.S. struggle with hunger, and cannot rely on having access to the daily nutritious food they need to grown and thrive. 

To inspire people to make a difference for No Kid Hungry when they participate in the “Baking A Difference” campaign, Fleischmann’s Yeast, Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes and Karo Syrup have partnered with America’s Test Kitchen and Joy Wilson of the fabulous Joy the Baker blog, to create unique recipes and encourage more bakers to “bake a difference”.

The “Baking A Difference” campaign will culminate in Spring 2014 with an e-cookbook featuring recipes from Joy the Baker, along with recipe images from bakers across the country.

How can you get involved?

Bakers can participate in the campaign via the “12 Days of #BakingADifference” promotion on Facebook in December. Share your recipe images of Fleischmann’s Yeast and Karo Syrup recipes using the #BakingADifference hashtag at and, for a chance to be included in the e-cookbook.

To help you get started I have a fabulous – and I mean FABULOUS! – baking prize pack to give away to one lucky reader!

baking a difference giveaway

Valued at $75 it includes everything pictured here:

A pair of mini oven mitts and a premium stoneware pie dish from Sur La Table
A set of “pinch” bowls from Trudeau
A pie server from OXO
(5) boxes of Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes
Fleischmann’s Yeast
Light & Dark Karo Syrups

As for me, I knew just the recipe I wanted to share – in fact, I can’t believe I haven’t posted it already, as it’s a holiday staple around here!

mini pecan pie cups

While I love traditional pecan pie at the holidays, I REALLY love these mini pecan “cups”.

How cute are they? These bite-sized beauties are perfect after a big meal. And the cream cheese dough is not only delicious, but a dream to work with too – no rolling required!

mini pecan pie cups

mini pecan pie cups

mini pecan pie cups

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment sharing YOUR favorite holiday dessert! Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, November 24th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, November 25th.

To learn more about the Baking A Difference campaign and get the latest recipes and baking tips, visit,, and

Good luck and thanks so much for participating! Update: Annie is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!

Mini Pecan Pie “Cups” (makes 24)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 25-30 minutes

(1) 3-ounce package cream cheese
1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans, plus 24 whole pecan halves
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup Karo Syrup (light or dark)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, very soft

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 24 mini-muffin tins.

In the bowl of a mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and flour till incorporated. Press an even amount of dough into the prepared muffin tins – chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.

Mix the chopped pecans, egg, vanilla, brown sugar and Karo Syrup in a medium bowl. Spoon mixture evenly into the shells. Top each with a pecan half.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or til shells are pale golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

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This delicious recipe brought to you by Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Note: I was sent a complimentary gift pack, along with one to give away, from Karo Syrup and Fleischmann’s Yeast in exchange for posting a recipe and the information in this blog post. No other compensation was received. All comments and opinions are, as always, completely my own.

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