Caramel Pecan Pie Recipe

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This is the only pecan pie recipe you will ever need. Trust me on this. My pecan-pie-hating friend Jerry sampled it one time, and became a believer, as have others! This is a great make-ahead pie as it freezes well. After baking and cooling, wrap in moisture-vapor proof wrap and freeze until the dinner party. This recipe has been an "heirloom" in the family for years and years. Other pecan pie recipes are good, but you're gonna LOVE this one! See photos of pie at various stages.

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Servings: 8


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  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/3 cups pecans
  • 9 inch unbaked pastry shell
  • Topping of choice (optional - whipped cream, ice cream, etc.)


  1. Set oven at 350 degrees F.
  2. In medium mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until well mixed, about 1 minute.
  3. Add eggs and continue beating 1 or 2 more minutes until smooth.
  4. Beat in corn syrup, vanilla and salt.
  5. Fold pecans in gently with spatula or spoon.
  6. Pour into unbaked pastry shell.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until it begins to brown, then reduce oven heat to 300 degrees and continue baking 30-40 additional minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of pie comes out clean (I don't like to "ruin" the pie presentation with knife marks so I use the rich brown color of pie top as a clue to doneness, and poke a cake tester in the middle instead of a knife - works for me!)
  8. Cool on wire rack at least 2 hours or more until thoroughly cooled - do not cut while hot or warm.
  9. Serve with optional topping of choice.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 85g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 269  
Calories from Fat 80 30%
Total Fat 8.98g 11%
Saturated Fat 4.54g 18%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 66mg 2%
Total Carbs 46.6g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 28.83g 19%
Protein 3.23g 5%
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  • A.L. Wiebe
    This looks amazing, and I am printing it off now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    • Iva Cogdell
      This is a wonderful recipe. It's been in my family for a very longtime, also. I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is very awesome.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • S Daniels
        Stores great in freezer for a make ahead, just thaw dessert
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        1 person likes this review
        • Bobby Lovera
          Looks delicious..I've had the one with chocolate chips, the one splashed with boubon, the one with praline liquere, the one with 1/2 pineapple 1/2 pecan, tried them all I guess...
          But this Old Fashioned Caramel style... warm with Vanilla Ice just can't beat it!
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          1 person likes this review


          • Guilt Free Cuisine by Fergyhun
            November 17, 2011
            I am making dessert for a 'pre-Thanksgiving' dinner on Saturday so I'm going to try this. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.
            1 reply
            • Salad Foodie
              November 18, 2011
              I hope your company enjoys it as much as we do.
            • judee
              November 14, 2011
              I've never made pecan pie before, but this looks easy and delicious. Your write up convinced me to try it!
              • Salad Foodie
                November 13, 2011
                Thanks A.L. - Since you printed the recipe I added a note about testing the pie without having to stab it with a knife. See above. Hope you enjoy it.

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