Pecan Pie Recipe

5 from 8 votes

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Nutty, crispy, and with a caramelized center, this quick and easy Pecan Pie Recipe is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.

Pecan Pie is a classic holiday dessert that doesn’t include pumpkin or apples! The balance of nutty pecan flavor with the caramelized center is all held together by delicious buttery pie crust. But you don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to make it. It can be made and enjoyed during any time of the year, simply because it is so easy and fast to make!

Pecan Pie

What is Pecan Pie?

A Classic Pecan Pie Recipe is made from Pecans, eggs, butter, and sugar. It is usually served over the holidays (Christmas and Thanksgiving) in the US but can be enjoyed any time of year. It is also considered a southern specialty with family recipes that have been handed down throughout the years.

But let me be the first to tell you, Pecan Pie can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime throughout the US.

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

This Pecan Pie Recipe is SO easy. Like ridiculously easy. Like, thrown together in less than 10 minutes, easy. The only waiting you need to do is for the dang pie to bake! Made with only 7 ingredients and made even more simple by using a frozen pie crust, pick up any ingredient you don’t already have in your pantry.

  • Frozen Pie Crust – like mentioned above, this is a great shortcut for any pie, but if you are just dying to make Homemade Pie Crust check out my fail-proof recipe! Or my All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe.
  • Light Corn Syrup – I like the Karo brand best and it is preferred for this pie. The difference between the light and dark corn syrup is taste. Light is delicate while dark is robust.
  • Eggs – this helps set the filling.
  • Granulated Sugar – simply to sweeten and to help caramelize.
  • Brown Sugar – a different kind of sugary sweet to help caramelize.
  • Butter – use melted butter!
  • Vanilla Extract – I use this to add some depth to such a simple pie recipe.
  • Pecans – and finally the star of the pie, pecans! I chopped half of them and then left the other half whole.

How to Make Pecan Pie

How to Make Pecan Pie

Easy to throw together and even easier to eat, this pecan pie recipe is the best! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk corn syrup together with eggs, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add pecans to the bottom of the prepared pie shell and top with Karo syrup mixture.
  4. Bake 50-60 minutes in the lower 2/3rds of the oven until pie has set. Cool completely before cutting and serving.
  5. Best served cooled and can be topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Leftovers

This Pecan Pie Recipe can last in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. This can either just be a well saran-wrapped pie dish or Tupperware.

Even though this pie is usually eaten warm, it still tastes great cooled off. Or if you want to reheat it, throw it in the microwave in thirty-second intervals until warm.

In love with nuts? Try my Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler, Caramel Pecan Pie Cheesecake, or Greek Baklava from House of Nash Eats!

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

Helpful Tips

Pie can be a little tricky to make, and although this pecan pie recipe is super easy, some helpful tips wouldn’t hurt.

  • Brown Pie Crust. If you see your pie crust getting a little too brown while baking, take the whole pie out of the oven and cover with tinfoil.
  • Is it done? To tell whether or not your pie is done, check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. If it reads 200 degrees or more, your pie is done. Don’t have a thermometer? Press the center of the pie lightly with the back of a spoon. If it springs back it’s done!

Make-Ahead

This Easy Pecan Pie Recipe is a good one to make ahead because it tastes best when completely cooled. Make this recipe a day or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Then to serve you can either serve cold or take it out of the fridge and let it rise to room temperature.

Pecan Pie

Can I Freeze This Pecan Pie Recipe?

Yes! This is the best Pecan Pie Recipe because it freezes really well and makes for great Thanksgiving prep work. To freeze, wrap the pie tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, and place in a heavy-duty freezer bag for extra cautionary measures. You don’t want a pie with freezer burn!

Pecan Pie can be frozen for up to two months! To reheat, simply thaw in the fridge overnight then put it on your counter to bring it to room temperature. If you want a warmer pie, reheat in the microwave in thirty-second intervals until warm but not hot and melty.

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5 from 8 votes

Pecan Pie Recipe

Nutty, crispy, and with a caramelized center, this quick and easy Pecan Pie Recipe is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 1 cup light corn syrup (Karo preferred)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves half chopped, half left whole

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk corn syrup together with eggs, sugar, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add pecans to the bottom of the prepared pie shell and top with karo syrup mixture.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes in the lower 2/3rds of the oven until pie has set. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Pecan Pie Recipe, Easy Pecan Pie Recipe, How to Make Pecan Pie, Pecan Pie, Pecan Pie Recipe
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44 Responses
  1. Cindy Nicholson

    This pie looks amazing!! I’m going to be cooking it this month (October) and see how we like it compared to my grandmothers recipe. Hers is different and it’s a challange to make sure it is thick enough. Last year mine was a little runny and I’m not sure why. But pecan pie is a favorite in our family.
    Crossing my fingers!! Lol
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!!
    Cindy~ ~ BLESSINGS TO YOU!

  2. Marilyn Brennan

    Hmmm, the picture tells the story…Looks perfect. Will make this for a crowd so I don’t eat it all!! One of my very favorites.

  3. Margi

    Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving is our go to pie as no one likes pumpkin. A year ago I was at a luncheon and had a pie with the best flaky crust I have had since my mom died. and tracked the lady down, After my raving over her pie crust she agreed that it was a wonderful crust but she couldn’t take credit as it was the cheapest frozen pie crust Walmart sold. Horrors!! So I had to try and bought a 2 pack of the deep dish all for the grand price of $1.98. Made an apple pie and used the 2nd for the top crust. Later that day I was hearing about my pie crust. I don’t know what they do to make it so tender but It’s all I use now. Have another luncheon on Sunday and I’ll be taking my crust and your recipe for this luscious pecan pie for desert.

  4. Laurie

    5 stars
    This pie was amazing. My husband loved the pecan pie. Will be making again for thanksgiving. Love your recipes and following your family.

  5. Jill

    For years I thought I disliked pecan pie but then recently tried it and was blown away by how amazingly delicious it is. Saw your recipe for pecan pie and how quick and easy it is—I’m going to have to give it a try.

  6. Christine J.

    I agree that Pecan pie is for all year round! It’s usually what I request for Mother’s Day and my birthday. My all time fav dessert!
    I will have to try your recipe! ❤️

  7. Tya

    5 stars
    Pecan pie is a fave in this house. I came looking for a few different recipes and you didn’t disappoint! I’m excited to try and thank you for your 10 years of hard work. I love your recipes and your videos. ♥️

  8. Samantha Guerra

    I’ve never thought of freezing pecan pie. That’s brilliant. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe… and freezing trick.

  9. Kelly M

    Pecan pie is my husband’s favorite! Definitely giving this recipe a try as the holidays are approaching quickly! Thank you for the great recipes.

  10. Megan

    Pecan pie is my dad’s favorite at Thanksgiving. I’m excited to try this version because, frankly, I’m not very good at making pecan pie. Thanks for so many years of good recipes, Lauren!

  11. Beatriz Rodriguez

    Pecan pie is my favorite!! This recipe looks so easy that I can even make it. I will make make it for rhis Thanksgiving holiday.

  12. Veronica Lopez

    Pecan pie of my absolute favorite so I can not wait to try your recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner!!!! With a family of 6!!! This is one recipe everyone can agree on!

  13. Beth Carroll

    I love that you provide nutrition information for your recipes! That is probably not the easiest thing to figure out, so I appreciate it! Secondly, I have become mildly obsessed lately with anything that has pecans. I blame the turtle sundaes I’ve had over the summer on this obsession! Love this pie recipe to bring my love of pecans into the Fall!

  14. Annabelle González

    Pecan Pie is one of my favorite dessert, it represent fall to me, even though you can eat any time of the year.

    Can’t wait to try out this recipe.

  15. Emily Peters

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds delicious. It will have a special place at my dessert table for Thanksgiving this year. I really enjoy your recipes…they are easy and delicious!

  16. Carolyn Leidner

    I have a quick question. Do I bake the frozen pie crust before filling it first? Or, just bake the entire pie at one time?
    Thank you

  17. Paula

    I’m looking forward to trying this. It’s different from my usual recipe in that it uses both white and brown sugar. I’m sure it will be delicious!

  18. Christine M Dorsey

    I can’t wait to try this recipe for Thanksgiving…I made your Best Cheesecake recipe for my son’s birthday and it’s the best we have ever had. Plus, I love that it didn’t crack:)
    I wanted to know if you were going to make this a Chocolate Pecan Pie…how would you achieve that? I have Cocoa Powder, could I use that in this recipe…or do you have another suggestion?

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