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Classic pecan pie features rich nuts in a sweet and gooey filling. There is a reason it has been a hit for all of these years. It is super simple to make and tastes amazing.

Slice of classic pecan pie with golden crust, gooey filling and lots of pecans on top.

This old-fashioned pecan recipe pie is a Thanksgiving staple. But that should not be the only time you make it. My family also enjoys pecan pie for birthday desserts and Christmas, too.

Our Love for All Things Pecan Pie

My family has always liked a good slice of pecan pie. However, I would say that it wasn’t until the last few years that that like deepened into a love

We have always made a couple of pecan pies and pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving, and everyone enjoyed them well enough. But, then we would wait until the next year to make them again.

Ingredients including pie crust, toasted pecans, vanilla, eggs, melted butter, sugar, and corn syrup ready to be made into classic pecan pie.

Then, one year, my brother requested either pecan pie or cheesecake for his birthday dessert. His birthday is December 6, so it isn’t like it has been too long since he had a pecan pie fix.

I made him a pecan pie cheesecake that year. Then he requested it again the following year, and my grandpa requested another one for Christmas.

That is when I knew things had hit a fever pitch. Next, another brother started making caramel pecan pies, and we got hooked on those as well.

Bowl of filling ingredients including the eggs and sugar etc next to pie crust and pecans.

Now, there are condensed milk pecan pies and chocolate pecan pies, too. My dad even requested a pecan pie for his birthday treat this year, just one week before Thanksgiving.

We have even had a mini pecan pie cook-off. My mom’s maple honey pecan pie was the runaway favorite that day.

So now, instead of having a pecan pie day, we have a pecan pie season that includes regular pies for most of November and December. And we are likely to sprinkle a few in throughout the rest of the year as well.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

It’s the classic. While all of the twists are fun, sometimes you just want a pie like the one you grew up with.

It is beyond easy. The filling comes together in just a few minutes.

You only need really basic ingredients. In fact, you likely have most of them already if you bake regularly.

Pie crust filled with gooey pecan pie filing, ready to go in the oven.

Homemade Pie Crust Recipes

There is no shame in picking up some refrigerated pie crust at the grocery store. I do that quite a bit myself.

However, if you want to make your pie extra special, making your own crust takes it to the next level and it is easier to do than you might think. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes.

My great-grandma was known for her tender pie crusts. My mom was looking for her recipe for years, and we finally got her lard pie crust recipe.

Freshly baked pecan pie with golden brown crusty top filled with lots of nuts.

If you don’t want to use lard, MiMi also has a super flaky pie crust recipe that uses butter and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Both recipes are delicious and will be perfect for your homemade pumpkin pie.

You can also try making a chocolate pie crust. The chocolate, pecans, and gooey filling would be really good together.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know when a pecan pie is done baking?

There are a few ways you can check your pie for doneness. One way is to check the center with an instant read thermometer. It is done when it reaches 200°F.

You can also try gently touching the center. If it springs back, it is done.

Or you can give it a jiggle. If the edges are set but the center still has a light wobble, kind of like Jell-O, it is ready.

Pie serving lifting out slice of classic pecan pie with gooey filling and lots of rich pecans on top.

Can I bake pecan pie ahead of time?

Yes. In fact, you want to bake it at least several hours ahead of time so it has time to cool and set up. You can bake it 1-3 days ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.

Take the pie out of the fridge about an hour ahead of time to take the chill off. Then dig in and enjoy!

Can I freeze pecan pie?

Yes. Cool the pie completely, then wrap well with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to three months.

To defrost, put the pie in the refrigerator overnight. Then, let come to room temperature an hour before serving.

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Slice of classic pecan pie with golden crust, gooey filling and lots of pecans on top.

Classic Pecan Pie

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Classic pecan pie features rich nuts in a sweet and gooey filling. There is a reason it has been a hit for all of these years, it is super simple to make and tastes amazing.
5 from 5 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 pie crust
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Place a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat with the oven.
  • Prepare pie crust and fit into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until uniform in color.
    4 large eggs
  • Stir in sugar, corn syrup, melted butter and vanilla.
    ¾ cup granulated sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 2 Tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add pecans and stir to coat. Pour filling into prepared pie crust.
    1½ cups pecans
  • Place pie on preheated cookie sheet. Bake 60-70 minutes. Watch the crust and cover with a pie shield if necessary. The pie is done with the center reaches 200℉ or the center springs back when lightly touched.
  • Cool at least two hours before cutting and serving. Store in the refrigerator.


You can use pecan halves or pecan pieces to make the pie. The halves look nice, but are harder to cut.
If desired, lightly toast the pecans before adding them to the filling. This adds even more rich pecan flavor to the pie.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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