Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies

individual chocolate bourbon pecan pies

My first mistake was forgetting to brush the tops of these little hand pies with an egg wash. So I ended up with pale (like winter legs-pale) non-golden pie rounds.

My second mistake was baking these during a gray and snowy afternoon, without having any immediate plans to have friends over who will polish off these pies within minutes. So I ended up alone in my apartment, warm and cozy from the wintry mix outside, surrounded with the buttery, chocolatey smells of fresh baked pies. And almost a full bottle of bourbon.

But am I really alone if I’m surrounded by chocolate pecan pies and bourbon? Don’t answer that.

I think it was Lululemon who said, “in life, there are no mistakes.” What’s more applicable here is that there are no regrets.

knob creek bourbon

I’m not exactly a bourbon connoisseur – I mostly drink it if it’s part of a (sweet) cocktail, or if it’s in a dessert. More often than not, the desserts I’ve had with bourbon also come with chocolate. It’s a natural pairing of warm flavors, dark and bittersweet and intense. Last year when I went to Dallas, I had the most delicious dessert with bourbon: Derby Pie. It was so good I hand-carried it on the plane to bring back to Boston.

derby pie

Derby pie is basically pecan pie on steroids. It has pecans, chocolate, and Kentucky bourbon. I wanted to re-create it but in a mini baby form. A little pecan pie that’s like a baby on steroids. Since I love pie crust so much (I take after my dad), I decided to make hand pies so I’ll get double the crust, instead of just the crust on the bottom.

As always, my finished baked goods came out looking a little rustic. I grabbed the ugliest/most mangled looking one with chocolate pecan pie filling oozing out of the sides and took a giant bite. I promptly burned my tongue. And I realized that hey, you guys don’t mind rustic hand pies if they’re delicious anyway! And these were preettyyyy good.

chocolate pecan hand pie

I was a little heavy handed with the bourbon but there’s nothing wrong with that. You can’t really taste the excess bourbon in the hand pies, but it is very prominent when you eat the pie filling by itself. I should know because I ended up baking the excess filling in a little ramekin and then basically eating pie filling in a bowl.

derby pie hand pies

If you want to learn from my mistakes, brush an egg wash on top of the pies before baking. You can be more patient when rolling out the pie crust and ensure that everything is flat and even, and you’ll end up with 12 (or even more) hand pies, not 10. You can use a tablespoon or less of bourbon if you like. You can also make less filling so you don’t end up with too much (decrease chocolate and chopped pecans by two tablespoons). And make sure you plan ahead so you can share these immediately with friends and family!

Yield: 10 hand pies

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies


2 pre-made pie crusts, thawed according to package directions (I used Trader Joe's frozen pie crusts)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
4 oz dark chocolate chunks
1 large egg
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Make the filling. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate chunks. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Stir quickly until you get a smooth texture.
  3. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, beat the egg until frothy. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, bourbon, and salt. Add in melted chocolate and butter mixture and stir until well blended. Fold in chopped pecans. Heat on full power for 2 minutes, then let cool.
  4. Assemble hand pies. Unwrap pie crust, sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. Using a scone or a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. You might have to gather the scraps and re-form and re-roll to get enough rounds (I ended up with 20 total).
  5. By now your filling would have cooled a little bit and has thickened. Spoon about a tablespoon of the pie filling in the center of each pie crust round. Place a second pie crust round on top, and use a fork to crimp and seal the edges. Cut  incisions on top of each pie.
  6. Place hand pies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake for 17 minutes or until the tops and edges are golden brown. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

mini chocolate bourbon pecan pie

But really, there are no mistakes, no regrets, just delicious little chocolate bourbon pecan hand pies.


32 Responses to “Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies”

  1. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted November 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    oooh mistakes or no these little pies look so darned tasty!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks girl! I kinda wish I had one for breakfast right now actually haha

  2. #
    Sharon posted November 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

    There are no mistakes when bourbon is involved. Such cute pies! :D

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Sharon! There are so cute I want to eat them all… ;)

  3. #
    Erica @ InandAroundTown posted November 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This post was just what I needed on a Monday morning – cracked me up! These pies look amazingly delicious with the so-called “mistakes” and all. Next time you think you are along with a pie – I would be more than happy to come over and take some off your hands ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Haha thanks Erica! I will keep you in mind next time :)

  4. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted November 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Totally loving that these pecan pies are chocolate! It’s all the best worlds combined into one!

  5. #
    The Squishy Monster posted November 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    These are some amazing flavors together here!

  6. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted November 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Love this flavor combo! I would have no problem being alone with these pies and more bourbon! ;)

  7. #
    Sacha posted November 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I love Derby Pie. And I definitely love bourbon ;).

  8. #
    Megan posted November 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This is totally the type of recipe I expect from you! Mini + chocolate + bourbon. I see no mistakes. And I won’t judge if you polished off every last one!

  9. #
    Meghan posted November 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Bourbon plus chocolate. . . you can’t go wrong!

  10. #
    Molly Galler posted November 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love all these ingredients and no, you’re not alone when surrounded by booze and chocolate.

  11. #
    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted November 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    These pies are adorable! Definitely no mistakes about them, love the chocolate and bourbon combo! They would be all the company I need :)

  12. #
    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. posted November 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    These pies look fabulous. I love the whole chocolate and bourbon combo!

  13. #
    Monica posted November 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hand pies should always be rusted and it’s better to load it up than not! These look too good. Your desserts are dangerous! ; )

  14. #
    Monica posted November 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hand pies should always be rustic and it’s better to load it up than not! These look too good. Your desserts are dangerous! ; )

    • #
      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Monica! My waistline can attest to the danger ;)

  15. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted November 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I think these look perfect just the way they are! I love that quote about there being no mistakes in life. So true!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks girl. They were pretty cute, even if quite pale :)

  16. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) posted November 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Pecan pie with chocolate AND bourbon?! Oh my – these sounds AMAZING! Pinning to try!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It was so easy and delicious :)

  17. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted November 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    These look mighty tasty to me! You know you had me at Bourbon :-)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yup you and I are on the exact same mindset.

  18. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted November 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Chocolate and bourbon may just be the best combination ever! I love that these are mini handpies so I don’t feel bad about eating more than one!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yes, that’s one of the reasons that mini desserts are the best!

  19. #
    Choc Chip Uru posted November 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    These hand pies would accompany me everywhere, the filling sounds SO tasty :D
    Teach me your ways!

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. #
    Juliana posted November 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Oh Bianca, these hand pies are so cute…and I love the combination of pecan and chocolate…yum!
    Have a great weekend :)

  21. #
    Carrie @ poet in the pantry posted November 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    These actually seem like the perfect thing to have on a gray, dreary day when you’re trapped inside. Bourbon and hand pies–yes, please!

  22. #
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted November 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    These sound absolutely amazing! Like pecan pie on steroids is the perfect way to describe them! :D I shouldn’t be left alone with these :)

  23. #
    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted November 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Oooh now this is my kind of dessert, Bianca! I would be in serious danger if I were to be left alone with a batch of these and no one to share them with!

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    Tandy | Lavender and Lime posted November 24, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Oh my, I am positively drooling and wish I could grab one out of the screen to try! They sound divine, and I am so sure they will be appreciated in my kitchen :)

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