Easy Pecan Pie {No Fail Recipe} (2024)

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This easy homemade pecan pie recipe with crispy crust and ooey gooey filling is a classic! It requires simple ingredients and is the best Thanksgiving dessert.

This is one of my favorite desserts to serve on Thanksgiving. That golden brown crispy crust is filled with an unbelievablenutty filling that is to die for! You can make your favorite homemade pie crust but honestly, I prefer to use a frozen pie crust shell. It's quick, easy, simple and convenient! Honestly, when it comes to making piesand tarts, I am impatient and I am always looking for ways to make the process simpler. I am also quite obsessed with theseChocolate Pecan Pie Bars, which are also a breeze to make.

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Key Ingredients for pecan pie filling

  • Eggs- They should be large sized.
  • Sugar- Use granulated sugar for best results.
  • Butter- This should be unsalted to prevent the end result from becoming too salty.
  • Dark corn syrup- This is different than light corn syrup and it works best, in my opinion.
  • Extract - Vanilla is the classic choice but you can get creative with your choice.
  • Cinnamon powder- This adds a hint of aroma and spice.

How to make easy homemade pecan pie recipe from scratch?

  1. Prepare the filling- By mixing togethereggs, granulated sugar, butter, dark corn syrup, vanilla extract cinnamon powder.
  2. Spread nuts- In pie crust shell
  3. Pour filling- On top of nuts.
  4. Bake- Until filling sets.
  5. Let it cool- Then, slice and enjoy.

Variations and tips for classic Southern Thanksgiving pie

  • Don't omit the corn syrup or replace it with honey or molasses- Because the end result is just not the same. Molasses has a strong flavor and honey has a different consistency.
  • If you are using a homemade pie crust- Make sure to heavily grease the pan to prevent sticking. This my Homemade Flaky Butter Pie Crust Recipe and these my instructions on How to Blind Bake Pie Crust, if you want to do that first.
  • All ovens are slightly different- Thus, the baking times may vary slightly.
  • Can baked homemade pie be frozen? Yes, once the pie has come to room temperature, wrap it in aluminum foil and then place in a sealed freezer bag. It can be frozen up to 1 month.
  • How to slice pie? Use a sharp knife to cut slices. To get better and smoother slices, be sure to chill the pie first.
  • How to keep pie crust from sticking? Grease the pie pan generously, if you are using a homemade crust recipe.
  • Add some chocolate flavor- Follow my recipe but also add ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips in the filling.
  • Make mini pies- Use the same filling recipe and divide it into smaller pie crusts. The bake time will be shorter.
  • Add some bourbon- About 1 tablespoon is enough and replace vanilla extract with bourbon extract.
  • For a subtle maple flavor- Replace vanilla extract with maple extract.
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What to serve with old fashioned pie?

You can serve it as is or you can try these toppings:

  • Homemade Stabilized Whipped Cream
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Easy Chocolate Ganache
  • Chantilly Cream (Creme Chantilly)
  • Nutella Syrup
  • Drizzle of melted white chocolate
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce

Recipe FAQ

Why won't my pie set? Why is my filling runny and jiggly?

That's because it was not cooked long enough or the ingredients were not measured properly and there is too much liquid in the filling.

How do you know when a pie is done baking?

You will know it's ready when the edges are golden brown and filling is bubbling and center is a bit puffy.

What's the difference between derby pie and pecan pie?

They are both similar but the Derby version also has the addition of bourbon and chocolate chips in the filling.

How to prevent the pie crust edges for getting over-brown?

It's best to cover them with foil paper halfway through baking.

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Storage of homemade pie

Refrigerate- Leftovers can be covered with foil paper and stored in fridge for up to 2 days.

Freeze- I don't recommend this because the crust becomes a little soggy upon thawing.

How to keep pie fresh and last longer? Wait till the pie cools completely to room temperature. Then, cover it in foil paper and refrigerate it for up to 2-3 days. Add toppings like whipped cream, just prior to serving. Don't add them beforehand because that will make the crust soggy.

Can pie be made ahead of time? Yes, it can be made 1 day in advance. Just keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

More pie and tart recipes

  • Easy Homemade Apple Pie
  • Easy Caramel Apple Pie
  • No Bake Chocolate Tart (Tartlet)
  • French Silk Pie
  • Crustless Cranberry Pie
  • Easy Sweet Potato Pie

By the way, if you are feeling adventurous, make an easy pie sandwich (mini size) and top it off with whipped cream. It's something fun to try at your next event.

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Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

Abeer Rizvi

This easy homemade pecan pie recipe with crispy crust and ooey gooey pecan filling is a classic! It requires simple ingredients and is the best Thanksgiving dessert.

4.91 from 11 ratings

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 50 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 6 Slices

Calories 610 kcal



  • In a mixing bowl, add eggs, sugar, butter, corn syrup, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract and mix everything together. Keep aside

  • In the pie crust, add pecans and spread them out.

  • Pour the filling into on top of the pecans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Halfway through baking, cover only the edges of the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the crust from burning or becoming too brown.

  • Allow the pie to cool down. Then, cut slices and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips and notes above.
  • Leftovers cane be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 610kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 6gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 233mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 3gSugar: 61gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1.7mg

Keyword classic thanksgiving pie, easy pecan pie

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  1. Sabs Burchett

    Using this for a postponed Christmas dinner (everyone was sick or couldn't get out due to ice ‍♀️ doh! Lol) and they are already looking beautiful! I can't thank you enough for sharing this amazing recipe. (I've already sneaked a delicious bite )Easy Pecan Pie {No Fail Recipe} (10)


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