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Brown Sugar Pecan Pie is an easy and fast pecan pie recipe without corn syrup and is FULL of brown sugar. It’s our family favorite and disappears in minutes every time I make it!

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Brown Sugar Pecan Pie - this easy and fast pecan pie recipe has no corn syrup and is FULL of brown sugar. It's our family favorite and disappears in minutes every time I make it!
Table of Contents
  1. Why this will be your FAVORITE Pecan Pie Recipe
  2. Ingredients in Pecan Pie with brown sugar
  3. How to make Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup
  4. Tips for Pecan Pie Filling
  5. FAQ for Homemade Pecan Pie
  6. Other Favorite Pies
  7. Brown Sugar Pecan Pie Recipe

Why this will be your FAVORITE Pecan Pie Recipe

Elmer’s wife is one of my best friends. At Thanksgiving, Elmer makes pies. Last year, they delivered a full pecan pie to my doorstep. It was my first ever Elmer Pie Delivery Day because they’d always been afraid to give me baked goods. I assured them, baked goods I don’t bake taste better than my stuff. I figured a pecan pie is a pecan pie is a pecan pie, right? WRONG.

You’ll love this pie because it’s so good we ate it with forks straight from the pan.

  • It’s easy to make because it start with melted butter
  • The pecan pie filling has no corn syrup – just tons of brown and white sugar
  • The buttery crust and the sweet filling complement each other perfectly!

Jordan would not shut up about how good that pie was. In fact, shortly after our pie eating extravaganza, she told Elmer that she wanted one of his pies for her birthday cake. She then told any member of their family she saw that same thing for three months until her birthday actually came the following February. Elmer delivered; we sang to Jordan over pecan pie instead of mint cake for the first time in years.

That’s how good this pie is!

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie is a heavenly sweet pie recipe that is perfect for your holiday table!

Classic Brown Sugar Pecan Pie Recipe without corn syrup

Ingredients in Pecan Pie with brown sugar

Butter: Like all good pecan pie recipes, this one starts with melted butter. Since butter is one of the key ingredients in a pecan pie, you want to be sure to use the best kind of butter you can, so I use Challenge Butter. It’s the butter I grew up on and the one I still use today. And, it recently became available nationally! You can find a store near you here. Look for the package with the elk on it!

Sugar: There is mostly brown sugar, but you’ll also need 1/4 cup of white sugar.

Eggs: These are needed for the structure of the pie.

Flour: Helps the pie firm up in the center.

Milk: This is the secret ingredient that allows you to make the pie without corn syrup!

Salt and Vanilla: For flavor

Pecan Halves: You can chop the pecans or leave them in halves. Elmer chops them, so that’s what I did here.

How to make Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup

Pecan Pie is one of the easiest pie recipes to make. It’s one large bowl, one spoon, and you just pour it into a crust and bake. Really, there’s nothing hard about this pie. If you can stir and mix and pour, you can make this pie.

  1. Just whisk together the filling ingredients.
  2. Place your pie crust in your pie plate.
  3. Pour in the filling.
  4. Bake!

If you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that’s a classic recipe, THIS is it. Give it a go, try something new. I promise you’ll love it! I swear, it’s one of the best pecan pies in the whole world.

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie Recipe

Tips for Pecan Pie Filling

  • If you haven’t done it, I urge you try try a pecan pie recipe without corn syrup. Use this one, you won’t be sorry.
  • Don’t forget to pack your brown sugar!
  • I use unsalted butter. If you don’t have that you can use salted Challenge Butter, but omit the salt.
  • I like chopping my pecans into coarse pieces. It makes more of a seal over the top and is easier to eat.
  • Cover the edges of the crust with a piece of aluminum foil or use a pie crust shield to prevent over browning.
  • I always use premade crusts because I’m lazy, but my all butter pie crust works too!

FAQ for Homemade Pecan Pie

How do you know pecan pie is done baking?

The center of the pie will be just slightly jiggly and the rest will be puffed.

How do you serve pecan pie?

Pecan pie tastes the best at room temperature. Serve with whipped cream if you want.

How to store pecan pie?

Store pecan pie in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze pie?

You can freeze pecan pie for up to 3 months, just be sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap.

What can replace corn syrup?

You can make pecan pie without corn syrup by using brown sugar and some milk.

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Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

4.05 from 41 votes
Brown Sugar Pecan Pie – this easy and fast pecan pie recipe has no corn syrup and is FULL of brown sugar. It’s our family favorite and disappears in minutes every time I make it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 10 -12 servings
Serving Size 1 slice


  • 1 pie crust 9”, from a box or homemade
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted Challenge Butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (5ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (125g) chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place pie crust in pie pan and crimp edges as desired. Chill until ready to fill.
  • Whisk together both sugars, melted butter, salt, eggs, flour, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans and pour in prepared crust.
  • Cover edges of pie crust with foil or a pie crust shield. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat on the oven to 350°F and bake an additional 30-40 minutes, or until the middle is only slightly jiggly and the edges are set. Cool completely before slicing.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pecan pie

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This will be the ONLY pecan pie you make once you try it – it’s an old-fashioned pecan pie recipe that’s a favorite on our Thanksgiving table.

This recipe is sponsored by Challenge Dairy. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last Updated on September 17, 2021

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  1. I made this pie the other day. I never thought that there was another way to make them besides the recipe on the Karo bottle. It made me so sad that I’ve been missing the most delicious pecan pie for 61 years. I have shared this with my friends and 3 of them have converted and will never go back to corn syrup pecan pie. I can’t thank you enough and Elmer has a place reserved in heaven for his contribution to mankind.

  2. Hi, Karen! I plan to make this pie for Thanksgiving. I wanted to confirm that the recipe is for a regular pie crust and not deep dish. Thank you!

  3. I was looking for a good pecan pie recipe with NO corn syrup, and I found this one. Hands down the best pecan pie recipe I have ever tried. You won’t be disappointed!!

  4. Absolutely the best ever!! I discovered this recipe about 4 years ago and never use anything else!! I am a traveling cook so the only adjustment I’ve ever made was a little heavy cream and an extra dash of flour for altitude!! Try it you won’t be sorry!!

  5. I am looking for a pecan pie to make for the hubby without the corn syrup and this fits the bill! Wondering if you have ever tried making this into a drunken pie by adding bourbon? Any ideas on how I could incorporate it (bourbon) into your recipe? Novice baker here but have been baking a lot over quarantine. Thanks!

    1. I’ve done it both ways. If you blind bake, just do about 10 minutes at 350. Also use pie weights or dried beans to keep it from bubbling up; put them in a piece of foil and then into the crust, evenly spread out. You can also prick the crust with a fork all over, it helps.

  6. I’m a novice pie maker so I have a lot to learn. The filling tastes great but I have a lot of trouble with the crust. I use the Pillsbury ready made crust and flour the crust on both sides plus put flour on the inside of the glass pie plate I use. After following the recipe word for word and carefully monitoring the oven temperatures, each of the three times I’ve made this very good tasting pie the crust sticks to the plate. Any suggestions how I can avoid this problem because I really want to share some of these pies with friends.

    1. You can brush the pie plate with a little vegetable oil before you put the crust in, don’t use flour.

    2. New to baking pies need help! This looks amazing and I will be making my own crust but will I need to poke holes in the freshly made (and chilled) crust or should I bake it for a bit first? If so, does it need to cool before adding the filling?
      Also, do I need to use “pie weights” (not like I know what to do with them)

      Thanks for any help!

      1. So when you make a filled pie like this one that bakes in the oven you don’t need to poke holds. The poking and pie weights are for when you’re pre-baking the crust to fill with a no-bake filling like pudding. So for this recipe you don’t need to worry about it.