Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this weekend in style with Mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day treat!

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

As a kid, I was a bit obsessed with horses.

All kinds and disciplines, really. They’re beautiful creatures, and I was fascinated with everything about them.

I especially loved horse racing.

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

As a girl growing up in Tennessee, there weren’t many opportunities for me to see races, though my family took a pit stop at Keeneland one summer when we were road tripping to visit family.

That was the closest I ever got to actual racehorses in the flesh until college.

So I was left to my own devices.

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

Like any child of the 90’s, I was well-versed in programming our VCR to record various television programs.

And because I was all about horse racing and had no way to enjoy it in the flesh, I taped every event that was broadcast. Even though that I was often home to watch the events in real time.

I watched these tapes over and over again, enjoying the scenery, the commentary and the sport. I especially loved the coverage of big races — the stakes races leading up to the Triple Crown, the Breeder’s Cup, and, of course, the Triple Crown, beginning with the Kentucky Derby.

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

As an adult, I don’t watch near as much horse racing as I did when I was a kid, but I love it all the same.

And since the Run for the Roses is this weekend, I thought it would be fun to make a sweet treat to celebrate this year’s race.

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

My Mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies combine dark chocolate, pecans and Kentucky bourbon inside a decadent cream cheese crust. And while it might not be like the original pie, I find it hard to go wrong with anything that combines dark chocolate, pecans and bourbon.

Also? You can absolutely taste the bourbon. (And who doesn’t love bourbon to drink for the Derby, whether it’s in a Mint Julep or on the rocks?)

Here’s how I made these beauts:

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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style with individual Mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18-24 individual pies
Ingredients
Crust
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup ice cold water
Filling
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin baking pan liberally with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, prepare the crust. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together until combined.
  3. Use a pastry cutter and cut the cream cheese into the dry ingredients, mixing until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  4. Slowly drizzle in the water, and stir together with a spoon, mixing until the ingredients just come together. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vanilla extract, butter and bourbon until combined. Add the pecans and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  6. Using a tablespoon measurement, measure out the crust. Roll in your hands into a ball, then set into the muffin tin. Using your thumb, create a large indention in the middle, making sure to let the dough climb the sides of the tin. Repeat until all of the crust has been used and is in place in the pan.
  7. Carefully drizzle the filling into the crusts. Make sure not to drizzle too much outside of the crusts.
  8. Place the mini muffin tin on a large baking sheet, and transfer into the oven.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops have browned slightly, then remove from the oven and let cool before eating.
  10. Enjoy with your beverage of choice!

Mini Derby Pies | Celebrate the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend in style with individual Derby Pies! Bourbon, chocolate and pecans make for a delightfully sweet filling inside a cream cheese crust. Paired with bourbon, these mini desserts are the perfect Derby Day sweet!

Are you a big horse racing fan, too?

Do you have any specific plans to watch the Kentucky Derby this weekend?

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished LifeApril 27, 2015 - 7:09 pm

    I love horses, but I’m not too keen on horse racing. I do however love all the little snacks and bites that come with each racing season party :) Our big horse race is in November – The Melbourne Cup. It’s always run on a Tuesday and the whole office stops to watch the race on one of the big screens in our meeting room!
    These gorgeous mini derby pies are beautiful and tempting bite size treat, and the combination of chocolate, pecans and bourbon has my mouth watering!ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ The Crumby CupcakeApril 29, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    Ahhhhh Erin! You know the way to my heart, and it’s with small, mini versions of stuff! <3 These have to be divine! My fave flavors in a poppable pie – yum! I have to work all weekend, so I won't get to see the race, but I would totally celebrate with a plate of these anyway. :)ReplyCancel

Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels | Looking for a party app that feeds a crowd and is delicious? These Pesto and Tomato Pinwheels, stuffed with pesto (homemade or store-bought!), sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese, are the perfect starter! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspotPinwheels are my new thing.

And by “new thing,” I mean my new favorite appetizer. Because, well, judging from the appetizer section on this site, y’all know I don’t have many app recipes in my arsenal.

I’m working on fixing that.

It’s just taken nearly four years of blogging for me to get my act together.

I know, I know.

Bruschetta Pinwheels | Looking for a party app that feeds a crowd and is delicious? These Bruschetta Pinwheels, stuffed with fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese, are the perfect starter!

These pinwheel recipes are super delicious and easy to make. And they’re perfect if, say, you forget to make the appetizers until just before your guests arrive. (Or remember when your first guest shows up on your doorstep. Oops.)

I’m sharing my Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels, pictured at the top of this post, at My Cooking Spot today. And I shared my Bruschetta Pinwheels over at Fest + West earlier this month while Susannah was traveling.

Join me at both sites, and be sure to let me know what your favorite appetizer is!

  • Trish @ Well Worn ForkApril 22, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    Ahh! These would be dangerous at my house!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyApril 23, 2015 - 3:21 pm

    Oh goodness, these look so so good! I’ve actually never made pinwheels of any kind … I feel like I must fix this!ReplyCancel

  • DessertForTwoApril 26, 2015 - 7:09 am

    I’m positively obsessed with all things sundries tomato! These pinwheels look fab!

    Thanks for the sweet note on my pregnancy post! I’m thinking about you and your pregnancy, and I hope it continues to go smoothly :)ReplyCancel

Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Enjoy cold the next morning, topped with fresh strawberries (and some dark chocolate, if you’re feeling decadent!)

Strawberry Overnight Oats | Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Top with fresh strawberries and enjoy cold the next morning! #recipe from @speckledpalate

It’s been a lazy morning here, and after an extremely slow start, we are watching and cheering for the runners competing in the Boston Marathon.

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was preparing for my first marathon, and that I’m holding my firstborn and doing my best to get in a walk daily this year.

My, how a year can change everything.

Strawberry Overnight Oats | Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Top with fresh strawberries and enjoy cold the next morning! #recipe from @speckledpalate

As I marvel at these runners who are closing in on the finish line, I’m thinking of my running journey and how I want to begin again sometime soon. I know it won’t be easy, but I cannot wait to feel the wind in my hair and the strength in my legs as I find my stride.

And when I think about running, I inevitably think about runner food.

Strawberry Overnight Oats | Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Top with fresh strawberries and enjoy cold the next morning! #recipe from @speckledpalate

Did y’all know that I begin every race day with a huge glass of water and plain oatmeal?

In fact, I ate a lot of plain oatmeal during pregnancy because the blandness didn’t bother the heartburn that I seemed to get from everything during the latter stages.

Except… plain oatmeal is super bland.

And sometimes, I want something a little fancier. So I began experimenting and came up with these delightful Strawberry Overnight Oats. The strawberries elevate the oats to the next level without adding sugar into the mix. And I’m fairly positive I could eat this every morning for breakfast because it’s both delicious and filling, making it a wonderful breakfast for an active day.

Interested in making your own? Here’s how I made mine:

Strawberry Overnight Oats
 
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Strawberry Overnight Oats | Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Top with fresh strawberries (and maybe some dark chocolate if you're feeling decadent) and enjoy cold the next morning!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy OK)
  • 1½ cups frozen strawberries
  • 1½ cups rolled oats (3/4 cup in each jar)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the milk and frozen strawberries.
  2. Divide the rolled oats between two mason jars.
  3. Pour half the strawberry/milk mixture into each jar, stirring with a spoon.
  4. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Enjoy cold the next morning, topped with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Overnight Oats | Prepare breakfast the night before by mixing up oats, strawberries and milk in a mason jar, then letting them hang out overnight to create these delicious Strawberry Overnight Oats. Top with fresh strawberries and enjoy cold the next morning! #recipe from @speckledpalate

Do you have a special meal that you like to eat before a big race/workout?

I’m thrilled to announce that Sunday Snippets is back!

So if you’re interested in what’s going on with me, I’m going to try to share some thoughts here weekly with you. And if you just want to read about recipes and see photos and read recipes of tasty food, that’s fine, too, and I’ll continue that schedule throughout the week for y’all.

So… Lady Baby arrived on March 9th. It was pretty crazy and incredible, and life has changed a TON since she came into the world. Today’s Sunday Snippets are all about my journey to becoming a mom and how it’s been going so far.

With that said, let’s talk motherhood!

Sunday Snippets: The New Mama Edition // @speckledpalate

1. Waiting a week between my due date and my induction date was rough. There were lots of tears shed because I wanted to go into labor on my own and was scared to be induced. That being said, it all ended up OK, and the induction was a lot less terrifying than I envisioned.

2. Giving birth is the hardest physical and mental thing I have ever done. It was also easily the most wonderful life altering act I have experienced.

3. They call it labor for a reason. (Duh.) And even if end up getting an epidural, you might end up feeling things during delivery. And if you’re like me? You’ll push for so long that you feel it ALL. However, none of my other mama friends experienced this, so it sounds like it’s rare. (You know, in my completely unscientific opinion.)

4. The end result is pretty darn sweet, and I wouldn’t change my experience for the world. Heck, I’d even do it again because the love I feel for Lady Baby? My heart is bursting all the time.

Sunday Snippets: The New Mama Edition // @speckledpalate

5. Lady Baby has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. My husband and I both have dark hair, and while I have green eyes, his are brown, so we assumed our baby would have dark hair and eyes. We wonder if her fair locks will eventually fall out and grow back brunette and if her eyes will darken… but for now, we’re marveling at our little blonde baby and are absolutely smitten with everything about her.

6. She has started smiling and cooing during the last few weeks. It’s incredible and so fun to interact with her! She’s so alert and makes the funniest faces while responding to whatever you have to say. (Baby babble? It’s so cute!) Her smiles are also the best.

7. Remember when I mentioned that Lady Baby had slept through the night a few times in Friday’s post? Ha! I was clearly too confident in issuing that statement because she was ultra fussy Friday night and was up a few times Saturday night, too. C’est la vie.

Sunday Snippets: The New Mama Edition // @speckledpalate

8. Lady Baby is a huge music fan. I discovered this by accident when I was playing a few songs as she cried one day. Shockingly, she calmed down immediately. Her favorite album? 1989 by Taylor Swift. Since I listened to this so much during the last months of pregnancy, she considers it comfort music and is instantly soothed when she hears the opening notes to any of the tracks. Honestly, I don’t know whether to be ashamed or proud.

9. When Lady Baby is upset, she and I have taken to singing and dancing around the house. Lucy follows us around, even though she doesn’t lend her puppy voice to the music. We also sing and dance when she’s wide awake during the daytime hours, just for fun.

10. Our families and friends have been absolutely wonderful. Lady Baby’s grandparents and aunts traveled to meet her and spend time with us, helping with the baby as we settled into a new routine and offering help around the house, too. Friends from far away have sent surprise sweet gifts our way, and our friends in town have been so kind, bringing by meals and various baby products, as well as checking in on us every week to make sure we’re doing fine. We’re so lucky.

Sunday Snippets: The New Mama Edition // @speckledpalate

… That’s all I have for y’all today.

What do you know this weekend?

Happy Friday afternoon, everyone!

It’s been a crazy week here in Dallas. Lady Baby has started sleeping through the night. Which is awesome! Except she’s now wide awake and hollering for a large portion of the daytime hours, which makes getting work done a little challenging. So she and I have been spending a large portion of these past few days singing and dancing around the house and neighborhood because this baby loves music and movement. And it’s no surprise since I walked religiously throughout pregnancy and sang daily as I worked. (What? You don’t sing as you work?)

So if you were wondering why this blog has been quiet this week? That’s why.

However, Lady Baby is currently napping, and I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for y’all that runs through next week!

I’m teaming up with my fellow contributors at My Cooking Spot and giving the chance for one lucky reader to win a $100 gift card to Target in celebration of the springtime.

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway // The Speckled Palate with My Cooking Spot contributors

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  • EdmondApril 19, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    WOW, Pick me. Starving artist needs target gc to shop & eat. A life changing exp.ReplyCancel