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Rich, buttery and sweet: These unique pecan pie recipes have it all

Samantha Seneviratne joins Samah Dada in the latest "#Cooking" to whip up their favorite nutty desserts.
/ Source: TODAY

On TODAY All Day's "#Cooking," food blogger and cookbook author Samah Dada teams up with recipe developer and food stylist Samantha Seneviratne to share their own unique takes on a classic dessert: pecan pie. First, Samah makes mini pecan pies that just happen to be vegan, then Samantha whips up a maple nut tart studded with bittersweet chocolate chunks.

Food can be so much cuter in mini form and these little pecan pies are no exception. The filling is sweet and chewy, while the crumbly crust is more like a dense cookie. These little sweet treats are great for a dessert spread or as a special snack any time of day.

Maple Nut Tart

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Maple Nut Tart

Samantha Seneviratne

Anyone who loves pecan pie will fall for this rich, caramelized tart that's incredibly delicate and sweet. The flaky, butter crust holds the decadent filling, which is made with whole nuts (including hazelnuts and walnuts) for a truly nutty pie experience.