Classic Pecan Pie: tender nuts, flaky crust, and a gooey brown sugar filling. The best way to end your holiday meal! Made with no corn syrup.

Best Pecan Pie Recipe

I can’t believe it’s almost November already! How did this year fly by so fast??

Well, now that we are here, it’s officially time to start holiday baking. And we’re kicking it all off with this fabulous pecan pie recipe.

I plan on having a heavy pie focus this month! I’ve got a few good ideas in the works, but in the meantime, be sure to check out my favorite pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie, and lemon meringue pie.

Any of those options would be fantastic for your holiday feast, but in our house, there’s really only one way to go. Pecan pie! It’s my husband’s favorite, and over the years, it’s become mine too.

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

WHAT IS PECAN PIE?

Pecan pie is a traditional southern dessert. It’s so delicious it’s become loved all over the country, and even the world!

It consists of a flaky, buttery pie crust, a gooey, sweet filling, and tons of crunchy nuts. It’s great at any time of year, but we especially love it around the fall and winter holidays.

Most pecan pie recipes call for a fair amount of corn syrup, but I prefer this version. There’s no corn syrup at all. Instead, it’s made with a combination of brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup, so it has a really nice rich flavor.

Besides those three different kinds of sweetener, pecan pie also has eggs, butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. You could even add a dash of bourbon if you like! And of course there are plenty of nuts.

WHAT DOES PECAN PIE TASTE LIKE?

The first time I tasted pecan pie, it reminded me of a candy bar. The filling is sweet and gooey, with an almost caramel-like flavor. The nuts are a great contrast to all the sweet, and so is the buttery pie crust.

Because this recipe contains no corn syrup, there is a much deeper and more complex flavor.

The brown sugar brings a warm sweetness, while the honey adds a floral note and the maple has a faint woodsiness that really compliments the nuts beautifully.

Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

HOW TO MAKE PECAN PIE

I love making pecan pie because it’s so easy. You just stir a handful of ingredients together, pop it into a pie shell, and bake!

For this pecan pie recipe, you’ll start by whisking eggs, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, melted butter, vanilla, and salt together. Then, stir in the pecan pieces.

Pecan pieces work really well for this recipe, because they cost a lot less than whole pecan halves. Save those more expensive pecan halves for the garnish, where they’ll really make an impact!

Pour the filling into a chilled pie crust, add your pretty garnish, and bake!

If you’re looking for a really fabulous pie crust recipe, look no further than right here: Perfect Homemade Pie Crust from Scratch. I have a special technique that makes this the flakiest pie crust you’ve ever tasted! You’ve gotta check it out!

And be sure to have a peek at my Pecan Pie Recipe video for a step-by-step how-to. It’s in the recipe card below.

HOW TO KNOW WHEN PECAN PIE IS DONE BAKING

It can be really disappointing to cut into a homemade pie only to find the filling is a runny mess! So you really want to make sure it’s been baked fully and cooled enough.

No two ovens bake exactly the same way, but you’ll know your pecan pie is done baking when the edges of the crust are golden brown, and the filling is set. If it seems wobbly or jiggly in the center, it could probably use a little more time in the oven.

Pecan pie will become even more firm as it cools, so I would recommend waiting at least an hour to slice into it!

WHAT TO SERVE PECAN PIE WITH

Pecan pie is wonderful with a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s also great with a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

But honestly it doesn’t need anything extra. It’s perfectly delicious just as is!

HOW TO STORE PECAN PIE

This pecan pie can be kept at room temperature for a day or so, but any longer than that and it should probably go into the fridge.

You can also make your pie ahead and freeze it. Just wrap it tightly, and thaw in the fridge. It can be gently reheated in the oven on the lowest temperature, for about 15 or 20 minutes.

Pecan Pie Recipe No Corn Syrup

Bake up this fabulous pecan pie recipe for your next get together! At the end of the meal, with a hot cup of coffee, there’s nothing better!


This post contains affiliate sales links.

5 from 5 votes
Best Pecan Pie Recipe
Pecan Pie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
50 mins
 

Classic Pecan Pie: tender nuts, flaky crust, and a gooey brown sugar filling. The best way to end your holiday meal! Made with no corn syrup.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: pie
Keyword: pecan pie recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 329 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 1/2 batch Perfect Pie Crust from Scratch, prepared and chilled
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves (approximately)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Place the eggs, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, melted butter, bourbon (if using), vanilla, and salt in a medium mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth.

  3. Stir in the pecan pieces, and pour the filling into the prepared pie shell.  

  4. Garnish with pecan halves, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set.  

  5. Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

A few more pecan pie inspired treats:

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Potassium 148mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.