Elmer’s Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

5 from 19 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!

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!

I need to start off this post by saying sorry to my mom. I feel like I’m cheating on her today because I’m sharing this pie. You see, my Easy Classic Pecan Pie recipe that I shared a few years ago is actually my MOM’S Pecan Pie Recipe. I’ve been eating that one my entire life and always have declared it the best one ever. There really was never any competition; I only ever wanted my mom’s version.

Until now. I’m really, really sorry mom. Don’t hate me, promise?

You see, I have this friend. His name is Elmer and his wife is one of my very best friends. Elmer needs to have his own food blog because his cooking is amazing. Every time there is a party we wait with growling stomachs to see what Elmer makes. His specialties are his jalapeño poppers, which got me on the jalapeño popper train a few months back. He also makes pot stickers and bacon shrimp and so many more delicious things.

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.

Jordan and I decided that slices were overrated and took a few bites with forks straight from the pie plate. Then we paused, glanced at each other with incredulous faces, and ate a few more bites. And more and more until the entire pie was gone in under 24 hours.


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.

I managed to finagle Elmer’s recipe out of him and now I’m sharing it with all of you. What makes it special? Elmer’s Pecan Pie is FULL of brown sugar and has zero corn syrup. THAT’S what makes it so good.

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

Now, 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!

Pecan Pie is one of the easiest pie recipes to make. It’s one 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.

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie is pure heaven. The difference between this one and my classic recipe is almost night and day. Sure, it’s still pecan pie but there’s such a fresher and more delicious flavor to the one that has a majority of the sweetness coming from brown sugar. In the traditional recipe, there is only ⅓ cup granulated sugar and the rest of the sweetness does from dark corn syrup. Now, I have nothing against using dark corn syrup but I never imagined what a flavor difference the syrup gives vs. all sugar. I mean, sugar is sugar, so why does it make a difference? I don’t know the answer to that but I have read studies and done the coke challenge, and I DO taste a difference between the two, and the same goes for this pie.

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

How to make the perfect pecan pie:

  1. 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.
  2. Don’t forget to pack your brown sugar!
  3. I use unsalted butter. If you don’t have that you can use salted Challenge Butter, but omit the salt.
  4. I like chopping my pecans into coarse pieces. It makes more of a seal over the top and is easier to eat.
  5. Cover the pie crust edges with foil or use a pie crust shield to prevent over browning.
  6. I always use premade crusts because I’m lazy, but my all butter pie crust works too!

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

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!
5 from 19 votes
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 brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Challenge Butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup 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.

Nutrition Information

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

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  1. I made this pie in under 5 minutes after my guests arrived. I chose this recipe because I was low in eggs, and had only two to use for the pie. It was really easy and delicious! I did almost double the quantity of pecans. Overall, the pie is delicious!

  2. I made this for Thanksgiving and even bought a store bought one in case I butchered it. NO NEED!!! It was absolutely amazing. This was the first pie I have ever made and I also made the crust the author posted. Most delicious buttery perfect crust and amazing filling. All my pecan pie loving family were in love as well.
    I got a bit confused on if I needed to blind bake or not so I just ended up doing it for a little and it worked great. Also doubles the crust recipe since it turns out my pie dish was a 9.5″

    Must try. Thanks for the great recipe. Going to make it again for my fiance’s family at Christmas!