Southern Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a staple in southern kitchens, especially around the holidays. This classic pecan pie recipe is so delicious and easy to prepare, it’s one of the first desserts I remember making as a young girl.

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And it is absolutely the best pie ever. Rich, crunchy, and oh so buttery.

Here’s how I make it.

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Here are the things you’ll need: either dark or light corn syrup, vanilla, eggs, butter, pecans, sugar and salt. You’ll also need one unbaked pie shell.

You’ll only need one bowl to mix up your pie. I generally just grab my large measuring cup.

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Crack your eggs and put them into your bowl. Beat them lightly.

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Pour in your sugar.

Just look at the sugar fall. Mmm, Mmm.

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Pour in your corn syrup.

Speaking of which, here’s a quick tip for you. Spray your measuring cup with Pam before you add sticky ingredients like corn syrup or peanut butter. Then, it just slids out like a dream.

Add a pinch of salt.

Now your vanilla.

I love the smell of vanilla. Gah, it smells heavenly.

Pour in your melted butter.

Chop up your pecans and throw them in. No need to be precise. A rough chop does just fine. Or, if you’d like, just throw the whole pecans in there. That looks really pretty, too.

Get your unbaked pie crust ready.

Pour the pecan pie filling into the pie crust.

Oh my word! That already looks delicious, doesn’t it?

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on your oven. My oven takes 55 minutes. Just keep a close eye on it after that 45 minute point. It’s done when it’s firm in the middle and doesn’t jiggle.

Here’s my family’s recipe for Southern Pecan Pie. I hope you enjoy it!

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A classic recipe for Southern Pecan Pie.
Serves: 8
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs. Add sugar and mix.
  3. Add corn syrup, salt and vanilla.
  4. Mix in melted butter.
  5. Add pecans and pour into unbaked pie crust.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your oven.





About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    This looks lovely, oh how I crave anything with nuts! Recent onset of a nut allergy.
    I will eat with my eyes instead! :)

    • 2

      My brother-in-law doesn’t care for pecans, so we usually make him a no-pecan-pecan-pie. That might work for you, too!

  2. 3

    Came here from Tidymom’s Pie Party. I love pecan pie, I usually end up eating a lot of the pecans before they end up in the pie LOL. Interesting how you add your pecans to the liquid filling. So much easier than laying them all out in the bottom crust as I normally do and then pour the filling over.

    Your pie looks wonderful!

    • 4

      It is a lot easier than laying them all out in the bottom. My grandmother taught me that little trick.

  3. 5

    What a GORGEOUS pecan pie!!

    And I’m totally loving your whisk ;)

  4. 6

    Yum! This looks classic… delicious… and doable! I’m going to keep this recipe in mind!

    Rachymommy –

  5. 7

    I’m drooling here Robin!!……your pictures are fantastic and that pie looks DELICIOUS!!
    Thanks so much for sharing and linking up!

  6. 8

    This sounds SO good. I’m bookmarking it to add to our Thanksgiving week menu. PS ~ Your plates are so beautiful. I’m getting totally in the mood and ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas! :)

  7. 9

    looks really yum!

  8. 10

    my tummy is wanting some of your pie now!! the pictures are beautiful as well!! Found your post from ‘s Pie Party!

  9. 11

    Oh I just love pecan pie. My husband had never had it before he met me. Travesty of his life!

  10. 12

    Your pictures and your pie are gorgeous!!!

  11. 13

    This is so lovely and decadent… really well done!!

  12. 14

    I love pecan pie. Yours looks gorgeous!

  13. 15

    I *heart* pecan pie! This looks so good and I can just imagine you saying the name in your sweet little southern voice! Makes me smile! :)

  14. 16

    I love pecan pie without the pecans. :)

  15. 17
    valarie winehouse says:

    yum! I always wanted to make this and I thought it was much harder. I am stoked to try this for our Christmas dessert.

  16. 18

    As soon as I saw the Karo I knew you had it right ;-)

    LOve pecan pie and this is definitely a southern pecan pie ;-)

  17. 19

    There is nothing quite like a classic pecan pie & yours looks amazing!

  18. 20
    CarlyG (heavenly37) says:

    I love making pies, especially during the holidays and pecan pie is my most loved w/ milk chocolate chips (not everyone in my family likes dark chocolate:(

  19. 21

    Wonderful post! I LOVE pecan pie! Love, love it! I am going to give your recipe a try this Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing.

    (love the pics too!)


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