March 14th is a great day to celebrate your inner math and science geek. Not only is March 14th Albert Einstein’s birthday, it is also Pi Day. You know, pi… the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter… 3.141592653 etc. etc.
THIS year, Pi Day is extra special… it’s the Pi Day of the century! March 14th, 2015 at precisely 9:26:53 a.m. we will celebrate more consecutive digits of pi than at any other moment in either the previous or the last one hundred years. Stand proud, math geeks!
To celebrate Pi Day, we’re making Grandma’s Taffy Mini Pies. These bite size pastries ooze caramel goodness, and are delicious with or without the addition of pecans. Enjoy!
Ingredients and Directions (Makes about 40 mini-muffin size pies)
Crust: Cream together 1 (8 ounce) package softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 3 tablespoons softened butter. Blend in 2 1/2 cups of flour. Roll dough into marble size pieces (like cookie dough) and place one piece into each cup of a mini muffin tin. Push dough in center to mold inside of each mini muffin tin.
Optional: Place a pecan half or a few broken pecan pieces on the inside bottom of each mini pie crust.
Taffy Filling: Beat one egg and whisk in 1 cup of brown sugar. So easy! Spoon 1 teaspoon of egg/sugar mixture into each mini pie crust, being careful to keep the to keep the egg/sugar mixture below the level of the pie crust sides.
Bake mini pies in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Enjoy!