Creations, A Painted Apron! Mini Pecan Pies!

Yep, today I am actually bringing you a painted apron!


The nice folks at Dixie Crystals Sugar asked me to do a post with a Thanksgiving kids craft


No problem! Super Boy and I are always looking for projects! They have tons of ideas on their website for lots of holiday baking.  Click here to see more!

pecan chocolate bites

After looking at the projects we decided to paint some aprons and bake some pies!


“I’ve done this before at school Gigi” he said


“You know what?” I asked, “It’s a good idea to practice a little, I always do some practice sketches before I paint.”


“Okay, but my turkeys are actually very good.”


Yes, he actually says actually


We used regular acrylic paint, but any craft paint will do.  Once acrylic paint dries, it won’t wash out of clothes.  You can trust me on this, and look in my closet….I’m experienced  🙂


“Wow! That looks great, I think you’re ready for the aprons!”


“It looks like mud! Is it gonna stain my hand?” he asked.  “No, don’t worry, it will wash right off,” I said…

“But we want it to stain the apron, right?” he asked, nodding his head.


“Yes, it will stay on the apron.  Once it dries I’m going to add details with markers, you know, legs and a beak.” I told him


“You better practice too!” he said


“There, look! Our turkeys look great!”


We made an apron for Dad too, since he’s the head chef this year for our Thanksgiving feast~


“Ready to try your apron out? Let’s make some pecan pies!”


This recipe is so easy, literally a child can make these!  We used a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut pie crust circles


I gently placed the rounds in the mini cupcake pan and asked Super Boy to put 5 chocolate chips in each one


He was very serious about this part!  Next, we added 3 pecan halves


We were practicing math skills too!  You could use chopped pecans but this was easier more fun~


Next we mixed up the filling: eggs, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter, and Dixie Crystals Sugar of course!


Baking is tiring!


I transferred the filling into a measuring cup and carefully poured it into each mini pie just to the brim

chocolate pecan mini pies

After baking for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven, turn down oven to 300 and bake for 10 more minutes or until set.

pecan chocolate bites

It was unanimous!  We all agreed!

pecan chocolate bites

Chocolate, pecans, sugary filling and pie crust married together in a perfect little bite!


All you need is a painted apron!


And a little turkey to wear it!


Here’s the recipe:

MINI PECAN PIES w/chocolate

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 24 pies


  • mini cupcake pans {silicone recommended}


  • 2 refrigerated pie crust dough rounds [1 package]
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Karo Syrup
  • 2 T butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pecan halves [72]
  • chocolate chips [120]
  • silicone mini cupcake pan*


  • Roll out each pie crust round a little to thin and flatten. Using a 3 inch diameter biscuit cutter or glass, cut rounds.
  • Re-roll dough and continue to cut rounds. Each dough crust should yield 12 rounds.
  • Gently place rounds into mini cupcake pan, pleating edges to fit.
  • Place 5 chocolate chips in each pie and top with 3 pecan halves.
  • Combine eggs, sugar, butter, syrup, salt and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly and carefully pour liquid into each pie almost to the brim. [You might have more than you need] Try to submerge pecans to prevent them from burning.
  • Bake pies in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. This will get your crust cooked. Then to insure the inside is cooked reduce oven temperature to 300 and continue baking 10 more minutes or until filling is set and pies look done. Let cool and carefully pop from pan. Makes 2 dozen.


*if using a metal pan, grease first. If using a muffin tin for bigger “pies” adjust size of dough rounds and cooking time.
Keyword chocolate, mini pies, pecan pie, pecans, pie crust dough


for instructions on Turkey Painted Aprons,  visit Dixie Crystals Kids Crafts by clicking here

Next we’re going to make the sugar cube igloo for Christmas, it’s adorable.  Click here to see more kids craft ideas from Dixie Crystals Sugar!


Thanks for stopping by for some Thanksgiving fun!

note:  I have been compensated by Dixie Crystals for using their product and doing a craft in this post


I’ll be joining parties on these fabulous blogs:

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A Stroll Thru Life Holiday Baking Party

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The Dedicated House

Coastal Charm

The Gunny Sack

Memories by the MIle

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

No Minimalist Here

Posed Perfection

Jenny Evolution

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Rattlebridge Farm

DIY vintage chic

17 Responses to “Creations, A Painted Apron! Mini Pecan Pies!”
  1. Absolutely adorable Jenna! Both the artist and the aprons:@) Looks like you had some baking fun!

  2. It is sooo good how you involved your grandson in all of these teaching moments! Blessings.

  3. Sally says:

    Precious! You’re making sweet memories for Fox…and Gi Gi!

    • Thanks Sally, it was fun, but it’s really challenging painting with a 5 year old who has paint all over his hands and wants to touch everything! Next time I’m going to choose a less messy craft! I am going to send you some photos of the christening, sorry I have been meaning to and keep forgetting! XOXO

  4. Mary says:

    Jenna, I want to gobble up your cute little turkey and painted apron is ADORABLE too! You’re perfect to do a Thanksgiving kids craft for Dixie Crystals! I love mini bites of desserts,and your mini pecan pies with the chocolate look delicious 🙂

  5. The apron is adorable and I love these mini pecan pies!

  6. What a darling post and sweet family memories.

  7. Super Boy was ON IT!!!! What a great way to spend time together, get some education snuck in there, AND to have fun while learning. I know there’s a lot of controversy in the news about how far is too far when it;s done by having fun or tailoring the examples to situations in kids’ personal wheelhouse. It just makes sense to me, If it gets their brains churning, it’ll all be good in the end! 😉

  8. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my word, this is such a precious post. I adore your little helper and that apron is just the cutest. The pies sound fabulous too. Thanks so much for linking to the Holiday Baking Party. Hugs, marty

  9. I love pecan pie! You had an awesome helper in making these mini pies. Thanks for sharing at the Blog Hop Blitz!

  10. Chrystal says:

    Love the handprint!! AND “out of the mouth of babes”. SO cute!

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