When I was younger, Thanksgiving was a wonderful time where you didn’t do anything of note all week in school, save crafting Indian garb (we were taught “Indian”, not “Native American”…I’m really dating myself here) out of paper grocery bags, until finally you arrived at the big day only to find yourself  impatiently waiting through the obligatory “everybody say what you’re thankful for” pre-feast monologue festival, all the while poised to launch a strategically planned ferocious attack on the dessert lined counter, much like the settlers and “Indians” for which the holiday is based.

In recent years, Thanksgiving has become another holiday of “family time-sharing” that results in multiple sitdown meals, eating WAY too much food, and most importantly, slaving away in the kitchen during the days prior until you turn yourself into a sleep deprived, diabetic monster. Oh, and impressing your fiance’s family with your sweet, sweet baking skills.

Snow Men Worshiping a Poop Hat King

Behold! This was back in the day when I actually used boxed mixes (HA!). These little beauties were an organic boxed mix that I burned, and my first experience working with melted chocolate free form. They were supposed to be “Turkeys” (and I guess in a way they were, just the wrong kind). In the end, they were sad, sad little snowmen, gathered in the great hall of FAIL to worship their poop hat king.

You cannot look me in the face and tell me that’s NOT what it looks like. These are totally snowmen worshiping a poop hat king.

Anyway, my first Thanksgiving of “family time-sharing” I showed up empty handed. It was fine. There was plenty of food and blah, blah, blah,… it was a major faux paus. NEVER AGAIN.


However, I know I’m not alone in this. I know I’m not the only person ever to want to impress someone on a holiday and FAIL HORRIBLY. So, readers, (and by “readers” I mean my mom, she’s the only one that reads this…) I have a FOOL PROOF dessert for your Thanksgiving table that is sure to impress anyone. It’s also incredibly fast and easy, which will allow you more time for “family time-sharing”.

Mise En Place:

1/2 stick (four TBSP) butter, melted

5TBSP brown sugar (lite or dark, whatever you have)

2 eggs

1/4C Dark Caro Syrup


1/4 C Agave Nectar (which is what I used)

1/4 C mini chocolate chips (or finely chopped chocolate, whatever is on hand)

Zest of a small orange or tangerine (Optional)

2 Packages mini filo shells 12 count (found in the freezer isle)

Small Package Pecan Halves

Honestly, I could eat these as is...

Preheat your oven to 325.

Line your filo shells on a cookie sheet (do yourself a favor and line it with tinfoil for easy cleanup).

In each shell, sprinkle a few chocolate chips (or shavings, whatever you’re using) and one pecan half split in two. Here’s the deal: Pecan Pie is not about pecans. It’s about the glorious gooey filling.

In a bowl, combine syrup, eggs, & zest.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter (full power about 30 or 40 seconds). Add the brown sugar to the butter, stir until combined. Let that cool about 3 minutes.

Now, add your brown sugar mixture to the syrup/egg mixture, whisking constantly.

Add 2 heaping TSP to each shell (should fill the shell without running over… but if it does not to worry!) Then, top each shell with one pecan half, being sure to use any of the remaining goo mixture to coat the pecan. Pop those bad boys into the oven for about 15-18 minutes and


The lone survivors...



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2 Responses to Thanksgiving: A tradition steeped in blood and served with a side of artery-clogging awkward family food moments. And pumpkin.

  1. Leslie J. Brown says:

    Well, those are really cute! I didn’t even know about the filo shells. Cool!!

  2. shannon says:

    oh yummmmmmmm! looks great…even the snowmen are kinda cute..in a way lol

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