Don’t Cry Over Pecan Pie

holiday pecan pie

Or maybe you will cry over this recipe. Pecan Pie is one of my family’s traditional holiday desserts. Requirements at both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, I have only recently started experimenting with this variety of pie and this would be my first homemade (albeit the crust) attempt.

Since there is no known recorded recipe for a pecan pie in my family, I went with the Pioneer Woman to help me out this time around. Upon stumbling what is referred to as “The Pie That Will Make You Cry”, I knew this recipe was the perfect fit to my soul food loving family.


  • 1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Melted Butter (salted)
  • 3 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 cup (heaping) Chopped Pecans

Preparation Instructions

First, prepare up your pie crust for your pie tin or dish.

pecan pie crust

Next, mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl.

pecan pie prep

Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. (note: pecans will float to the top when poured over with syrup mixture)

pecan pie

Pour syrup mixture over the top. Cover top and crust lightly/gently with foil. Bake pie at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans.

pecan pie

NOTE: PIE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLY JIGGLY WHEN YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE OVEN. If it shakes a lot, cover with foil and bake for an additional 20 minute or until set. Required baking time seems to vary widely with this recipe. Sometimes it takes 50 minutes; sometimes it takes 75!

Allow to cool for several hours or overnight. I cannot stress this enough!! This is key in making your pie go from a sweet soup to a perfect slice. Serve in thin slivers and enjoy!

thanksgiving pecan pie


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