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.



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

Here’s how I make it.

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.

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

Pour in your sugar.

Just look at the sugar fall. Mmm, Mmm.

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!

The BEST Pecan Pie Recipe - This Pecan Pie Recipe is a classic in my husband's family. For every family gathering, you better believe there will be pecan pie sitting front and center on the dessert table. Every. single. time. //

Southern Pecan Pie

A classic recipe for Southern Pecan Pie.
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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 unbaked pie crust


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat eggs. Add sugar and mix.
  • Add corn syrup, salt and vanilla.
  • Mix in melted butter.
  • Add pecans and pour into unbaked pie crust.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your oven.
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  1. 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!

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

  4. 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:(

  5. 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!)

  6. Best Southern Pecan Pie I’ve ever tasted. Made this for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks Robyn for keeping it simple. Happy New Year!

  7. I’m the designated pie maker in my family. Thanksgiving & Christmas, I make my pumpkin from scratch (that is fresh pumpkin) &, of course my Absolute favorite-Pecan ! My recipe I love is out of “The Greater Tuna Cookbook” ….. Wonderful ! I had never thought of using Jack Daniels instead of vanilla !…..but…WOW‼️ It’s to die for‼️ It’s All I use now. The flavor is like too Wonderful ! The alcohol is gone, but the flavor is so YUM‼️ I reccomend it highly!

  8. This was my very first try at making my childhood favorite. I have heard of so many fails of this great pie. It was so simple to make. Rave reviews from everyone after our Thanksgiving dinner. There were skeptics of course. You see, I am a senior gentleman making my very first pie. Try this one, you will be pleasantly surprised.

    1. Your comment, Gerry, absolutely makes my day! I’m just tickled that you gave it a try – and had such huge success with your first pie! Thanks so much for sharing this with me! 🙂

  9. Hi Robyn, 

    This looks incredible. Just curious about how much a half stick of butter is? Can’t wait to make this for my husband!

    Thank you, 


    1. Hi Liz,
      I’ve updated the recipe to be clearer for the butter. You’ll need 4 tablespoons of melted butter. I hope your husband enjoys it! xo

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