Crazy for Crust

Dec 15

Pecan Pie Dip

Pecan Pie Dip…it’s the pecan pie without the crust. So you can eat it with a spoon…or pie crust dippers!

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You might be a food blogger if…

Your freezer is so full of dessert that there is no longer any room for real food.

Your kids know to ask, “Has this been photographed yet?” before they ask to eat a cookie.

You live in constant fear that it will rain and you will not be able to take photos from your marathon baking session today.

You wake up at 2am immediately struck by a recipe idea and it doesn’t matter if you have six deadlines, a class party, four loads of laundry, and vacuuming to do; you go to the store, buy ingredients, and make the Newest! Great! Recipe!

Luckily, that last one was me last week. But I had all the ingredients for this dip on hand.

I am a prepared food blogger. Who is really tired of doing dishes.

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I don’t like to swear in posts. But can I say !!!!!!!!!! for a minute? Like, this inspiration was worth the 2am wake up call.

It was worth the dirty clothes, the hairy carpet, and the Christmas wrapping-that-wasn’t.

It’s pecan pie. But it’s a dip.

Pecan Pie…in a dip.

Yes. Need me to say it again? No? Good.


I baked a pecan pie without the crust. Then I made the crust into pie crust dippers. Then I ate the pecan pie filling with the pie crust dippers…and a spoon.

This recipe is the perfect go-to appetizer or dessert for any gathering. Or a random Sunday. Because sometimes you want the formalness of a pie with slices and dishes and forks.

And sometimes you just want a spoon.

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Or a pie crust dipper.

Pecan PIE in a DIP.

You’re welcome. Again.

Pecan Pie Dip

Yield: 6 cups of dip


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • Assorted dippers: pie crust dippers, shortbread cookies, or graham crackers


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9” or a 9.5” pie plate with cooking spray.
Lay 2 cups pecan halves in the bottom of the pie plate.
Whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter, and salt in a large bowl. Pour into prepared pan. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to raise the pecans up to the top.
Bake for about 35 minutes, until the center is only slightly jiggly when pan is gently shaken. Cool slightly before serving.
Serve with pie crust dippers, shortbread cookies, a spoon, or graham crackers. Note: you can use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts or a from scratch pie crust to make your dippers.
To make the dippers: cut 2" circles of pie crust, sprinkle each with a pinch of sugar and bake until golden, 14-18 minutes.

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80 comments on “Pecan Pie Dip

  1. You have totally just reinvented pecan pie! To have it WITHOUT the crust is a fabulous idea!!

  2. OMG!! I LOVE pecan pie! This is a great way to avoid having to deal with a crust (my least favorite part of making it)!! BRILLIANT! 😀

  3. The best part of pecan pie for me is the gooey stuff that’s in between the pecans and with this dip, I could go to gooey stuff heaven! pinned

  4. This is a genius idea! I am so not a crust lover…. when I was young and it was more acceptable I just ate the filling of pies. Love the idea of this, because there is no true crust. Love!

  5. PECAN PIE IN A DIP. ohmygosh. It is a good thing it is afternoon and I don’t have to look crazy rushing through the store trying to get the ingredients as fast I can. This is so smart … holidays will never be the same! Haha, all the food blogger things – nailed them all. :)

  6. This is seriously so genius!!! In love and pinned!

  7. I love this, Dorothy! Such a fun and clever idea! Now come over and make me some :) Please??

  8. I would agree that this recipe was worth the 2 a.m. inspiration, Dorothy! Pecan pie is my husband’s favorite dessert so he will be beyond thrilled when I make this one for him. And to your second point, my kids literally cheer when they ask if I have to take pictures of something I just cooked and my answer is actually ‘no.’ 😉

  9. This would be so dangerous at my house, because I would eat the entire batch. Your Pie Crust Dippers are the perfect little scoopers – love it :)

  10. this is perfect for us crust flunkies :)

  11. That pecan pie dip looks amazing!

  12. Dorothy, I love you. You are not alone in your 2 am recipe inspiration — I had my idea for a Candy Bar Cheesecake come to me in a dream, complete with me wandering around the grocery store looking for 4 candy bars and 3 blocks of cream cheese! Crustless pies are my absolute favorite, mainly because the filling is always my favorite part. (I know, I know… You’re crazy for crust, which probably makes my statement blasphemy!) But the crust dippers are genius!

    • LOL! I thought about the blasphemy when I posted this! :)

    • This is perfect! I just found out that I have celiac, so going gluten-free is not a trend for me; it’s essential. I’d love to make this for the holidays (I know, they’re a long way away) but am trying to come up with other “scooper” ideas.
      Amy, it sounds like you have more recipes for no-crust pies. Can you share them with me?

  13. What a gloriously decadent dip! I need this.

  14. I would have absolutely no willpower with this one!

  15. I thought the pecan pie fudge totally blew my mind, but now….KABOOM. My mind just exploded.
    Wow, this looks incredible. May have to make a few modifications on my party food list for next week.

  16. OMG! I’m glad this wasn’t around the house when I was there. I never know when to stop with dip and you know this is one of my favorite pies!

  17. You had me at Pecan Pie. In a dip.

  18. Yum! I would only expect this deliciousness from you, Dorothy, queen of crust! Looks delicious!

  19. Pecan pie is my favorite! This dip is heaven and I would only need a spoon to eat it! :)

  20. I’m so glad you got awakened in the wee hours of the morning for this recipe. Super yummy!!! Thanks so much!!

  21. It’s official, you’re a genius.

  22. What?!?!?!?! My mind is blown and I will be eating this way too often. So excited to try this.

  23. You might be a food blogger if you wake up early just so you can comment and socialize before you head out to begin the work day. That’s totally me right now. This is a genius idea. I’m so glad you woke up a 2am.–totally worth it. Pinned.

  24. Whhhaaat?!? This is a crazy good idea. A fuss free version of pie. Dips are way more fun anyways!

  25. Oh! Oh! What a lovely recipe, Pecan Pie Dip. I have surely died and gone to Heaven. Pecan Pie is my favorite dessert. My mother in law, Oleta, taught me to make it years ago! But I NEVER thought to use it as a dip. This is in my FAVORITES file forever! Thanks so much for your creativity!

  26. Looks delicious, I would dip and dip and dip all day long!

  27. What a fun way to enjoy this holiday treat! Seems a little less intimidating for me than making the full on pie too!

  28. You are so brilliant! I would have no discipline with this dip around!

  29. What a great idea! Those kinds of ideas come at the oddest times, don’t they? It’s usually as soon as I stop trying to think of something that I get an idea!

  30. This is so genius!! I’d wake up at 2am to eat it…. ALL!

  31. GENIUS!!! Forget the housework … there is creating to be done :)

  32. Okay, this is just genius! Is it wrong I just want a spoon to eat it with?

  33. This is amazing! Definitely trying it! I love pecan pie and love dips so this is the best of both worlds :)

  34. This.seriously.looks.amazing. I am trying to convince my boyfriend to run to grocery store now with me to get the ingredients. But it’s probably better I wait to make it until my Mom’s holiday party tomorrow.

    I can’t wait to eat this … sounds heavenly! Thanks so much for posting.

    PS: Do you have any ideas for a corn syrup sub? Honey maybe?

  35. Just pass me a spoon…the gooey part of pecan pie is my all time favorite anyway! Holy yum!!!!

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  37. I agree, totally worth the 2 am wake up! This looks amazing. We don’t have kids, but my man has started checking to see if things have been adequately photographed before eating. =)

    • LOL, they learn don’t they? :) Thank you!

      • You have saved me a nervous breakdown. :-). I’ve been trying like crazy to find how to cook pecan pie filling to fill unbaked tartlet shells. I’ve been entrusted to make 75+ tartlets for our annual Ladies Tea. It seems you awoke at 2 am just to save me. Thank you thank you thank you

  38. Hi!! I made your Pecan PIe Dip for Christmas and everyone LOVED IT!!
    My family discovered that dipping ‘Wheat Thins’ in the dip was delicious!!!! The salty and sweet together was wonderful!!!
    Next time I make I’ll be serving Wheat Thins!!!!
    Thank you for the recipe!!! =)

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