My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe

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Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons! 

Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons!

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Now, let’s talk pie. Pecan pie. The classic, the forever, the sugary dessert without which no Thanksgiving is complete. As traditional as pumpkin pie, as deliciously chewy as chocolate chunk cookies, as devilishly rich as apple pie.

My friends, let me present you with my late grandmother’s old fashioned pecan pie recipe. Because this recipe should live on forever in her memory.

Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons!

I’ve been consumed in pecan pie recipe testing for nearly two months. Any day I’m home in the kitchen, I’m working on perfecting this timeless recipe. Pie Determination: it’s a thing. And it’s dangerous. Also, slightly manic.

Take a walk down recipe testing lane with me, won’t you? I tried pecan pie without corn syrup. It was dry and gross. I tried it with more pecans and less eggs. Why did I do that? Then I tried it with more eggs, less pecans. Scrambled egg pie, anyone? Ummmm that test pie is erased from my mind forever.

I tried pecan pie with maple syrup, a little bourbon, and even a pinch of nutmeg. Sort of good, but not the classic dish I craved. Now I have 6 pies in my refrigerator and none of them are my definition of pie perfection. “Kevin, please take these mediocre pies, oh god except for the scrambled egg pie, to the neighbors please.”

Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons!

For such a simple pie (pecan pie is truly the easiest pie you will EVER make), why was I overcomplicating things? It wasn’t until pie number 7 until I turned to grandma’s classic. Grandma, though no longer with us, still knows what’s best. That woman. My saving grace! Especially when it comes to pie.

Don’t mess with the filling ingredients.

All classic pecan pie favorites inside this pie, like Diamond of California pecans. Mama baking addiction and my grandma never, ever used a brand of nut besides Diamond of California in their baking. And in what crazy amazing world do I get to be Diamond’s brand ambassador? Pinch me.

There’s 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar in this pie. Typically you’ll find pecan pies have anywhere around 2 full cups. I find that much too sweet. I use the dark varieties of both corn syrup and brown sugar, compared to light corn syrup and light brown sugar; I do this merely for intensified flavor. And I suggest you do as well! 3 eggs hold the filling together, while vanilla extract, melted butter, and a small dose of ground cinnamon provide flavor. I don’t see too many pecan pies with cinnamon– so thank you, grandma, for giving me the opportunity to present a slightly unique pecan pie on my Thanksgiving table. And to all my readers!

Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons!

Not only is this remarkably simple filling inspired by one of my grandmothers’ pecan pie recipes, the homemade pie crust is her own as well. A couple months ago, I wrote a very long post dedicated to this pie crust recipe. Why the ingredients work, the particular method, and all my tips and tricks to perfecting it.

Your Thanksgiving pie crust savior, if you will.

The buttery, flaky pie crust has a wonderfully crumbly texture yet still stays perfectly in tact as the pie bakes and cools. Some pecan pie recipes require you to pre-bake the pie crust before pouring in the filling, but I do not find that necessary. I skip that step by simply baking the pie on a lower oven rack.

The pecans on top get all toasty while the nuts underneath have a melt-in-your-mouth chewy texture. The pecan’s flavor and texture, paired with the flaky homemade pie crust, the filling’s vanilla, butter, and cinnamon… it all just makes this my favorite pecan pie recipe. Classic and simple.

Classic and simple with a dash of cinnamon, melted butter, and vanilla. This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for obvious reasons!

I made about 3 or 4 of these pies the past couple of weeks to freeze for the upcoming holidays, so that’s why you see two different pie dishes in this post.

Let me know if this pie graces your Thanksgiving table!

My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe

This is my favorite pecan pie recipe for many reasons. A little cinnamon, vanilla, melted butter, toasty pecans, homemade flaky crust... I could go on and on. Classic and simple, traditional and sweet.

Ingredients:

  • Homemade Pie Crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; you can halve the crust recipe or freeze the 2nd half)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (250g) coarsely chopped Diamond of California pecans (a very rough chop!)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) dark corn syrup*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. After the pie crust has chilled, adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  3. Roll out the chilled pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Remember, when rolling out the chilled pie dough disc, always use gentle force with your rolling pin. Start from the center of the disc and work your way out in all directions, turning the dough with your hands as you go. Roll it out into a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth.
  4. The filling: Spread pecans evenly inside pie crust. Set aside. Whisk the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, melted butter, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Once completely combined and thick, pour evenly over pecans.
  5. Bake the pie for 40-50 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly. You can also tent a piece of aluminum foil over the whole pie if it is browning too quickly. Remove finished pie from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. The pie filling will settle as it cools.
  6. Slice and serve pie warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar if desired. Cover and store leftover pie at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Make ahead tip/Freezing: Pecan pie is a wonderful dessert to make ahead of time. You can get started by combining all the filling ingredients (except the pecans) one day ahead of time. Keep it covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the pie. You can also make the pie dough 1-5 days in advance since it needs to chill. If you want to bake the pie 1 full day in advance, bake it as directed, allow it to completely cool, then cover tightly and keep at room temperature until ready to serve the next day. Baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes:

*You can use light corn syrup instead. I have no subtitution suggestions yielding the same texture, moisture, and flavor. Corn syrup is a must in traditional pecan pie.

Source: Grandma's filling & pie crust. ♥

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  1. First pie I’ve ever made and it was fantastic. Not too sweet. Loved the hint of cinnamon. I didn’t have unsalted butter so used what I had and left out the salt. Also used fresh pecans from our tree.

  2. Hello, looks like the best recipe for me to try my first pie. Can I brown the butter? And my husband loves chocolate chips. Can I add the chocolate chips? How would I? If I wanted to make it less sweet. What do you suggest. I realize it is a different recipe at this point. I am hooked on yours! Thank you. ~mz~

  3. My pie did not set even though I cooked it for the allotted time, it’s completely cooled could I throw it back in the oven and home it will finish?

  4. My favorite pie for the holidays is pecan pie. Your recipe from your grandmother seems for your wonderful one and I hope to make it for New Year’s this year. Thank you for the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of your book with all those wonderful recipes in it! Happy holidays to you and yours and God bless all of you and me too! Sincerely stated, Marilyn G.

  5. I hope you seen this in time. Im using a frozen crust (I know what you’re thinking,but I can’t make crust to save my life.) My question is, can I use a deep dish crust or should I get a regular pie crust?

  6. I just took my pie from the oven after 45 minutes, and it looks beautiful! Smells fabulous. I used light brown sugar and light corn syrup, as that was what I had. I also toasted the pecans before putting them in the pie crust. Fingers crossed, guests like my endeavors!

  7. I made this for Thanksgiving at the request of one of my guests – my first pecan pie ever! I followed directions exactly and must admit it was disappointing. My initial thought was that there are too many pecans and not enough filling. The ratio just seemed off to me (not that I am a pecan pie expert, but remembering ones from my youth and trying to compare to that). I asked for opinions from others, and everyone agreed it was not too sweet (a good thing), but that it did indeed have too many nuts. I may make it again but will definitely decrease the amount of nuts I put in. I’m thinking decrease the pecans by 1/2 to 3/4 cup and see what happens since the filling is good.

  8. I recommend unsalted, but that depends if you like salty sweet or not. Using salted will give you a lovely saltier/sweet pecan pie.

  9. Haha thank you, I figured it out like ten mins after posting this and was looking at the kayro syrup bottle , felt like an idiot but I made this for my boyfriend, pecan pie is his all time favorite and in Maine it’s not very common so I had never made it even tried it before. But I’m so glad I found your recipie, I was so nervous about making it because everybody kept saying it was simple to make but the simple things are usually the easiest to mess up lol. But he loved this recipie, I’m so glad I went with yours I think the little less sugar and the little bit of cinnamon makes it so much better. I saved this for future reference. He’s so happy to not have to eat store bought every time he wants some lol.

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Reviews

  1. I made this pie yesterday. Although I’m not a fan of pecan pie my husband said it was the best one he’s ever had! I will definitely make it for him again.

Questions

  1. I’m making this and made the mistake of thinking the slightly melted/slightly solid butter would become more liquid when I mixed in the other ingredients… but alas, I am left with small butter chunks everywhere. I know they’ll melt well enough when I put it in the oven, but will it cause a problem and not be well enough mixed?

    1. No problem at all! It’s happened to me before too. It melts as the pie bakes and the filling tastes exactly the same. 🙂 Thanks for trying my pecan pie recipe!

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