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My Mom’s Classic Pecan Pie Recipe is one of our favorite traditional pies. It takes just a few ingredients and a few minutes to make this easy pie recipe!

I think whoever coined the phrase “easy as pie” was talking about THIS Pie. It’s one of my favorites.

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Table of Contents
  1. Why this is the BEST Pecan Pie Recipe
  2. What are the ingredients for pecan pie?
  3. How to make Pecan Pie
  4. Secret to the BEST Pie
  5. Storing and Freezing Instructions
  6. Classic Pecan Pie Recipe Recipe

Why this is the BEST Pecan Pie Recipe

This recipe is my mom’s famous recipe. My mom is pretty famous on this blog, don’t you know? She’s the one who introduced me to the best banana bread in the world, russian teacakes that I ended up stuffing with Reese’s, and she makes a mean pumpkin pie.

My mom has so many classic recipes, most from her old Home Ec class in high school. I think this is one of those recipes.

This easy pecan pie recipe is decadent and will be the best pecan pie recipe you ever make!

Traditional pecan pie is such a classic recipe. I don’t know about you, but it’s never Thanksgiving without this pie!

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What are the ingredients for pecan pie?

  • Butter: I start with unsalted, and you’re going to melt it.
  • Sugar: A bit of granulated sugar
  • Dark or light corn syrup: I consider this an old fashioned pecan pie because it’s made with Karo. If you don’t like using corn syrup, try my other favorite pecan pie: Elmer’s Brown Sugar Pecan Pie. That one is to die for also!
  • Eggs: The eggs help set the pie filling.
  • Pecans: I always use pecan halves but you can also use chopped pecans.
  • Cornstarch: For a bit of thickening

My mom’s recipe doesn’t add vanilla, but you could add a teaspoon of vanilla extract as well.

how to make pecan pie

How to make Pecan Pie

  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk all ingredients until smooth and combined.
  • Prepare your pie crust according to package or recipe directions. Place pecans in the bottom of the pie shell.
  • Pour mixture over pecans – they’ll float to the top. You want to be sure they’re in a single layer and coated with the filling so they don’t burn during baking.
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Secret to the BEST Pie

So, let’s talk about texture for a second. I’m not a huge fan of jelly type textures, and that’s why I never loved this pie as a kid. I loved the flavor of it, but not the texture, which is why my secret ingredient makes this pie filling perfect and creamy.

Just 1 teaspoon of cornstarch added to the filling made it creamy and not like gelatin.

I know you’re going to love this pie. Seriously – it takes about 15 minutes to put this pie together. It’s one of the easiest things you’ll make this holiday. Try it. You won’t be sorry!

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Storing and Freezing Instructions

How to store: Store leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (covered tightly with plastic wrap).

How to freeze pie: Wrap the full pie tightly with plastic, or place slices in sandwich bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.

FAQs

Why does pecan pie need corn syrup?

The corn syrup, working with the eggs, holds the pie together. Think of it as one of the building blocks of the custard-like filling.

What makes pecan pies runny?

If it’s not baked all the way it can be watery or runny. Also if your ratio of corn syrup to eggs is off the pie won’t set, which is why you should use this recipe – it’s been tested literally hundreds of times in my lifetime!

Can pecan pie be made the day before?

Yes – just store it covered in the refrigerator once it cools to room temperature.

Why did my pecans burn on the top of my pie?

It’s really important to put your pecans into the pie before pouring the filling over them. That way the pecans are coated in the filling. The coating helps them not burn. Make sure they’re laying flat too and not sticking up vertically or they might burn.

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Classic Pecan Pie Recipe

5 from 10 votes
This Classic Pecan Pie is as easy as they come. A handful of ingredients makes the perfect pie!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Ingredients
 

  • 1 all butter pie crust homemade or from a pack of two
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (237ml) dark corn syrup (light may be substituted)
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups (120g) pecan halves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line your pie plate with your pie crust, crimp edges as desired, and chill until ready to fill. Note: make sure to use a 8-9” pie plate for this pie; using anything bigger than 9” will result in a not full pie!
  • Whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, salt, and cornstarch in a large bowl.
  • Place the pecans in a single layer in the bottom of your pie crust. Pour the filling over the top. The pecans will rise to the top of the pie.
  • Place the pie on a cookie sheet. Tear off 4” long strips of aluminum foil (about 1 1/2” wide) and wrap the edges of the pie crust so it doesn’t brown too quickly. (Or you can use a pie crust shield.)
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 425°F. Then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 20 minutes. At that time, carefully remove the foil strips or pie crust shield, then bake for another 12-16 minutes until the pie is puffed and browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving. (I chill mine overnight and then bring it to room temperature before serving.) Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze (whole or slices) for up to one month.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword pie

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Last Updated on September 22, 2022

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42 Comments

  1. First time I have ever made a pecan pie. This recipe was easy and pie was great. I think the cornstarch made all the difference based in other recipes I’ve read. Excellent pie, Dorothy. My husband and I just moved to Texas and a neighbor gave us a bag of pecans and was mentioning pecan pie, so I thought why not! Thanks to you it turned out great! 

  2. I also didn’t appreciate pecan pie until a couple years ago and I don’t know what I was thinking!!!

  3. Dorothy,
    I have a pecan pie question. My pecan pie is wonderful the day I make it, but the next day it has corn syrup weeping all out in the pie dish. It makes the bottom crust soggy, too. Does yours do that? Is it because I need to bake it longer? I don’t know. I love your trick of putting the cornstarch in the filling. I do that now, and it helps a little, but it still leaks corn syrup the second day. Maybe I need to refrigerate it. Would that help? ?? Thanks, Tina

  4. Can we all say YUMMMM. I have loved pecan pie since I was young. I look forward to making this for Thanksgiving. I wanted something special and this is it. My son is having Thanksgiving in his brand new home and I’m cooking. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. When I was going up – THIS was my FAVORITE PIE! We called it Karo Nut Pie – I thought they were calling it Carol Nut Pie – kids, how they interpret things they hear. I always thought it was strange the would call a Pie Carol – LOL. Still one of my favorites, but can’t use the sugar. Like the idea of freezing slices!! And my dad LOVED Pecans – he would buy a hundred pound bag and shell them to give out at Christmas. We would keep several small bags of the Pecans in the freezer to have during the year. I’ll have to try this and Freeze part of it in slices!

  6. I love me a pecan pie…that sweet filling always was my favorite paired with the nuts! This is such an easy pie to do! I can’t wait to try the cornstarch trick!!!

  7. Pecan pie is probably both of my parents’ favorites! However, one of the first years that they were married, my mom baked a homemade one for Thanksgiving… And she completely forgot the sugar in the filling. It was basically scrambled eggs with nuts! So every year, we always ask her if she remembered it. 😉 Pinned!

  8. Love me some pecan pie! Apparently not everyone finds it easy because my mom has still never been able to sucessfully make one for my dad…and they’re his favorite. #truestory I have no such problems. Pinned! {just think of all the calories you save by thinking you hated it!}

      1. Yes, but your mom is a sweet genius! My mom’s problem was that she never knew when it was done! My dad has chiseled countless pecan pies out of pie plates! What a champ 🙂