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.

Pecan Pie Dip |

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.

Pecan Pie Dip |

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 Responses to “Pecan Pie Dip”

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:52 am (#)

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


  2. Becky posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:59 am (#)

    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. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on December 15, 2013 at 7:24 am (#)

    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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for the pin Averie! It won’t let me comment on them anymore. They tell me I’m spam, lol. :)


  4. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on December 15, 2013 at 9:47 am (#)

    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. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on December 15, 2013 at 10:52 am (#)

    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. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on December 15, 2013 at 10:57 am (#)

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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much Jocelyn!


  7. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on December 15, 2013 at 11:39 am (#)

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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      I wish I could mail it! :)


  8. Samantha @ Five Heart Home posted on December 15, 2013 at 11:51 am (#)

    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.’ 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      LOL! I never say no. Ha!


  9. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on December 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    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. Heather @ French Press posted on December 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm (#)

    this is perfect for us crust flunkies :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      LOL, I thought of you Heather, when I made it. But you’re NOT a flunky. So stop. :)


  11. Sarah & Arkadi posted on December 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm (#)

    That pecan pie dip looks amazing!


  12. Amy posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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


      • Amy replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        But you still included the crust dippers, so it wasn’t blasphemy at all! :)

    • Jen replied on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

      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. ashley-bakerbynature posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm (#)

    What a gloriously decadent dip! I need this.


  14. Kathy posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    I would have absolutely no willpower with this one!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I didn’t. I picked at it ALL day and then froze it. But I still know it’s there…


  15. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm (#)

    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. Mom posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      It’s in my freezer. I’ll bring it out at Christmas. Bring some sweat pants. :)


  17. Mindy posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#)

    You had me at Pecan Pie. In a dip.


  18. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm (#)

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


  19. Tieghan posted on December 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm (#)

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


  20. Crystal posted on December 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm (#)

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


  21. Mimi @ Culinary Couture posted on December 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm (#)

    It’s official, you’re a genius.


  22. Aubrey @ Real Housemoms posted on December 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm (#)

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


  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on December 16, 2013 at 4:19 am (#)

    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.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 17th, 2013 at 6:35 am

      LOL, yes. It’s 6:30 am and that’s what I’m about to do!


  24. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:59 am (#)

    YUM! What a great idea.


  25. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama posted on December 16, 2013 at 7:10 am (#)

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


  26. Wendy Hampton posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:56 am (#)

    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!


  27. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (#)

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


  28. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:10 am (#)

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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 17th, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Totally – and faster!


  29. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on December 16, 2013 at 11:20 am (#)

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


  30. Jennifer | Bake or Break posted on December 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm (#)

    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!


  31. Ashton posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm (#)

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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 17th, 2013 at 6:31 am

      :) Thanks for making me understand what Chess is. :)


  32. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:58 am (#)

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


  33. Laura Dembowski posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm (#)

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


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 17th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I totally ate it that way!


  34. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:50 am (#)

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


  35. Kate @ Coffee with Kate posted on December 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm (#)

    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?


  36. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on December 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm (#)

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


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  38. natashalh posted on December 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm (#)

    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. =)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 30th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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


      • Patt Alex replied on August 18th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        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

  39. Joey posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm (#)

    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!!! =)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 8th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      What an amazing idea!!! And wheat thins are healthy so this dip is HEALTHY! 😉 (I wish!)

      Thanks so much!


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