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Best Pecan Pie Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 495kcal
This classic pecan pie recipe is a must for your Thanksgiving dessert. This traditional fall pie is easy to make and is perfect for serving to friends and family during the holidays.
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  • 1 pie crust for deep dish pie homemade or store bought
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


For the Crust:

  • Heat oven to 425°F.
  • Roll dough into a 14-inch diameter circle and press it into the pie plate. Trim the crust, leaving 1-inch around the edges and reserve the dough scraps. Fold the dough edges under and crimp the edges to your liking.
  • Bake the crust 4 minutes or just until the crust is set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 3 minutes. Use leftover scraps to cover any cracks in the crust (hopefully, there aren’t any). Cool the crust 30 minutes and brush lightly with one beaten egg.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

For the Filling:

  • Be sure oven temperature is set to 350°F and the oven rack is adjusted to the middle position.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Add sugars and cook (stirring often) until mixture starts bubbling about 3-4 minutes. Add corn syrup and cook (stirring often) until mixture comes to a boil, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and cool 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs to a medium heatproof bowl and whisk lightly. Pour 1 cup of the slightly cooled sugar mixture into a heatproof measuring cup.
  • Very slowly whisk the 1 cup sugar mixture into the beaten eggs then very slowly whisk the beaten egg/sugar mixture back into the hot sugar mixture in the saucepan. Quickly whisk the mixture until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add vanilla and salt and whisk to incorporate.
  • Add the pecans and stir well.
  • Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the pie crust edge with a pie crust shield or foil.
  • Bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until the pie is almost set in the middle. The pie should be barely jiggly in the middle.
  • Transfer the pie to a cooling rack to cool completely before serving, at least 3 hours.
  • Serve with a scoop of ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  • Enjoy!



Yield: 1 (9½x2-inch deep-dish) pie


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg