Pecan Pie

August 6, 2013 by Ali

The best pecan pie recipe I know, inspired by my grandma.

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My Grandma Ebright was many things…

She was the faithful wife of a Kansas wheat farmer for sixty years, proud mother of five, and involved grandmother of thirteen.

She was a lover of singing, and insisted that anyone born or married in her family learn how to do so loudly, in four-part harmony, and with smiles, especially while caroling nursing homes together each Christmas.

She was a voracious reader, flying through nearly a book a day in her later years and then eagerly passing them along to her friends and family, although she prided herself on always reading the last page first.

She was a hard worker, graduating early and completing a degree so that she could teach in a 1-room rural schoolhouse, then picking up to help serve in WWII, then running a farm for decades while raising five kids on a shoestring budget, then later being a faithful caretaker for my grandpa with Alzheimer’s in the last years of his life.

She was a writer as well and officially published her first book in her eighties, although my favorite writings were the pages upon pages of handwritten letters that she faithfully mailed to each of her grandkids every few months.

She was sharp as a tack, and was a fierce believer in raising her family — especially the daughters and granddaughters — to appreciate and seek intelligence.

She was a matchmaker, and never passed up the opportunity to introduce herself to an attractive stranger in hopes that they might be the perfect match for one of her grandkids.

She was o-pin-ion-ated, for better and worse, and never resisted a moment to share her thoughts (even if whispering a little too loudly in church about a lady’s purple hair).

She was a firecracker. She was thoughtful. She was stubborn. She was giving. She was hilarious. She was creative. She was loyal. She was my grandma.

And she was an expert baker of pecan pie.

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Actually, of the many things she was, my grandma would be the first to tell you that she did not consider herself a cook. She would much rather be spending time with people than “couped up” in the kitchen. So she was a big fan of treating our extended family to the local Pizza Hut or a round of chocolate-dipped cones at Dairy Queen.

But when we did all gather together to eat at home, she knew how to rock a huge batch of chicken and noodles, salty and butter sweet corn, “chip chocolate” cookies, and some good ol’ fashioned homemade pecan pie.

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Her homemade pecan pies (pronounced peh-cahn, in Kansas) were classic — sweet, simple and overflowing with buttered pecans.

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And they were always meant for sharing.

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So it seemed only fitting that for my first week of really teaching myself how to bake pies, I begin with the first pie I ever knew — Grandma’s Pecan Pie.

I did brown the butter to give this version an extra nuttier, delicious flavor. And I’m pretty sure my grandma would have cracked up at me taking the extra time to line the top of the pecan pie with extra pecans. (Yes, I was the picky-eating granddaughter who used to always prefer playing with my food, rather than actually eating it.)

But I’m pretty sure she would have been proud, and even happier to know that this one was shared with a bunch of people I really love.

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So Grandma, this one’s for you. Love you! :)

Grandma + Cousins

My grandma, cousins and me in 2009. Tiny lady. Big heart.

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Pecan Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: About 12-16 slices


  • 1 pie crust, partially pre-baked (learn more in this post on How To Make A Pie Crust)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 2 cups pecans (plus extras to line the top, if desired)


Partially pre-bake a pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan according to instructions, then heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon; add eggs and whisk until smooth.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until the butter turns brown and fragrant. Slowly pour butter into the sugar mixture, and whisk to combine. Stir in chopped pecans, then pour filling into the prepared pie crust. If desired, line the top of the filling with extra pecans.

Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the filling is set. If the edges of the crust begin to turn too brown, briefly remove the pie from the oven and cover the crust with a pie crust shield or loosely wrap with aluminum foil, then return to the oven. Once the filling is set, remove the pie and let cool completely on cooling rack, 3 to 4 hours, before slicing.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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76 thoughts on “Pecan Pie

  1. Amazing! The boyfriend wanted a specific brand of pie for his birthday and when I couldn’t find it I chose this recipe. He actually said he was glad I didn’t find it in the stores, because this pie kills it!

    - Jen

  2. Two pies in the oven right now!!! Can’t wait to taste them! My grandmother was also the one who made me love pecan pie. She always made them for Christmas dinner. This is our second Christmas without her. Unfortunately, when she passed and my family raided her house, the recipe was lost. So, I’m using your grandmothers recipe, but thinking of my grandmother.

    - Alisha

    • The pies turned out fantastic!!! I doubled the recipe and it easily made three pies! I lower the temp to 325 and baked them for 60 minutes since there were three. I will be keeping and using the recipe again! Thank you!

      - Alisha

  3. Hi, I loved your filling, it was a big success here at home. I put a little maple syrup in the light corn syrup, which adds aroma and made my own pie crust (flour, butter, sugar). Thanks!!

    - Marina Tartarotti

  4. Pecan pie has been a favorite of the family for generations… originating from the Texas family members. Pecan is pronouced the same
    way you do, not PEA – CAN !!!
    GREAT RECIPE that you are sharing.

    - Mike Hill

  5. I made this pie for thanksgiving and so many people loved it actually everybody which is significant judging by the size of my family but everybody wanted me to make it for Christmas even people on my other side of the family who didn’t even have it but heard so much about it so now i’m making about 3 or 4 more of them. for thanksgiving we normally only make 2 pies apple and pumpkin and those are always ate as fast as they came out but this year they were second choice
    So thanks for the great recipe.

    - kari

  6. This is one of the best pies I have made or tasted

    - Debbie

  7. Hi,

    I love pecan pie and this is the second time making this pie cooking them both 60 min and I still can’t get it to set in the middle. I don’t understand why. It’s taste amazing but it’s the form I’m looking for. Any advice?


    - Samantha

  8. Thank you for the Pecan Pie recipe. Made with lots of love as we gathered around our dinning room table for Thanksgiving. We had friends and family to share so many stories and good warm food with. Now as I’m a grandmother I hope to give my own recipes to my own family along with love of the singing, stories, and cooking with my loved ones.

    - Celesta Pack

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your grandmother. It made me warm and nostalgic thinking of all the wonderful times I spent with my Mom who instilled a love of cooking and baking. I will be trying your cherished recipe soon.

    - Cheri

  10. Every year at Thanksgiving I try and make a yummy pecan pie, since it is my husbands favorite. Every year I make a good pecan pie but this year I made a GREAT pecan pie thanks to finding your recipe. I didn’t like the idea of putting dry pecans on the top to decorate so I reserved a little of the filling in my bowl and added pecan halves to it and then decorated the top. Absolutely yummy and beautiful and the only pecan pie I will make for Thanksgiving from now on.

    - Kimberly

    • I dont think its really necessary to leave a comment about how you didnt like the particulars of their receipe, on someones page, especially when that someone is fondly rememebering a “RECEIPE” that they’re now deceased grandmother made them growing up! You could have simply left that part out and said what you added to the pie, not “I didnt like the dry pecans on top”… thats utterly ridicuoulsoly rude!

      - Joseph Bryant

      • Considering that this recipe comes up near the top of a google search for “Pecan Pie Recipe”, one would think some discussion of the recipes particulars would be welcome.

        Or should we all pretend the recipe is fine and dandy as is even if it is not just because the poster included a personal story above? The post is entitled “Best Pecan Pie Recipe” – I think it was rude for the poster to waste my time making me scroll past such a story to get to what I came for – a damn fine pecan pie recipe.

        Is it really necessary to stunt useful discussion just because your heartstrings got pulled on?

        - Andrew Adere

  11. i tried making this pie today, but the middle got all puffed up on me :( anyone got any helpful tips?

    - Jeff

  12. I just finished baking this– exactly as the recipe called for— and I cannot get it to set up! It’s runny! What did I do wrong? :-(

    - Jessica

  13. While reading your story a tear ran down my face. Your family sounds like a family that my heart has always long for. Thanks for sharing not only a wonderful Pecan Pie recipe but a glimpse of what a real family is like. Keep cooking and cherishing those wonder family memories. Most important keep sharing your heart, to those of us that long for a peck inside a window, to get a view of what it would of been like to have a loving grandma Ebright. So this Thanksgiving make some more memories, eat some good food and thank God for your many blessings !

    - Kay

  14. Thank you for sharing! I love the story too :)

    - Graciana

  15. Wow. This seems like it would be EXTREMELY sweet. Please don’t shun me but what would you recommend I use in place of corn syrup? Maple syrup? Agave? Thanks!

    - Annie

    • I’m considering using maple syrup (I’m not a fan of cane sugar), but since it is actually sweeter than corn syrup or sugar, I plan to leave the granulated sugar out. We’ll see how it is consistency-wise.

      - April

  16. What a great looking pie! I’ve been looking for the perfect pecan pie recipe for a long time and have tried several with differing results. Just cam across this one today and immediately went out and bought all of the components not already on the shelf.

    I have two of them in the oven right now! Based on my experience with the others, I don’t think I can miss with these.

    Thank you very much for making this available to everyone.

    - Tom

  17. With a tear, I pick this great recipe because of the lovely story! Thank you for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

    - Michelle

  18. This pecan pie is so pretty hope I can pull it off for Thanksgiving. I figured since I am a Granny and another Grandmother made this, that it has to be good.

    - Cindi

  19. Great looking recipe. I’m about to dive in and try it. :) I have seen many recipes where the pecan pieces are placed on the crust and the sugar/syrup mixture poured over. Is there an advantage to stirring them in? Is it all the same? Thanks!

    - Shules

  20. Absolutely gorgeous pie. I Googled ‘best pecan pie’ and yours came up. This will be the one we try for Thanksgiving, although mine will probably not do yours visual justice.
    Thank you and your sweet grandma!

    - Cindy Sherritt

  21. That is the best pecan pie and I got a lot compliment from other people who tasted it, even the people who normally do not like pecan pie that much. Thank you for posting the recipe!!

    - Joanna Drake

  22. So many beautiful things in this post! Your love for your grandma, the beautiful words you tied together about her, and that amazing looking pecan pie! It’s my dad’s favorite and our little family is hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I’ll be sure to use your recipe, with the fun pecan embellishments! Thank you!

    - Amanda

  23. What a heartwarming post!! Makes me feel like I knew her!! thanks for sharing!! I will be trying this this year!! Here is Nebraska we say peh-cahn, too! :)

    - Michaela An Affair from the Heart

  24. I thank you so mich for this wonderful recipe. I love pecan nits and was looking for a easy to prepare Pecannut Pie Recipe. I am going to bake this one For sure!

    - Wilma J Venter

  25. I was looking through Google for pecan pie recipes, I’ve never made one before and it’s what my mom requested for thanksgiving, I had found a few that sounded good and I was trying to decided which one seemed the best and then I found this; your little story about your grandma just melted my heart and it made me feel so happy, especially after I saw her picture! It made me wish she was my grandma haha. So, that was the deciding factor that I absolutely had to use this recipe! Thank you for this, it was so sweet and I can just tell how amazing your grandma was just from those few paragraphs. I will let you know how my pie comes out! I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Haha.

    - Liz

  26. And what when so we add the cinnamon! I so want to make this :)

    - Julie

  27. This pie is so beautiful! I can already taste it :) Aren’t grandma recipes just the best!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  28. I’ve only had pecan pie once in my life but I know when I want to bake it that this is the recipe I’ll turn to. I loved hearing about your grandmother too, she sounds so very special.

    - Kathryn

  29. I loved reading this! My grandmas are very, very special to me too. My uncle’s girlfriend introduced me to pecan pie a couple years ago. I never thought I would like it, but now I am hooked!

    - Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper

  30. I loved your grandmother. Bright, articulate, not afraid to ask questions and challenge assumptions. She was the best!

    - Cindy

  31. Grandma was mom to me. Her pecan pies were good and I ate a few burnt ones through the years and even they were good. The crust was always homemade but I never saw such artfully arranged pecans as yours.

    - Harlan

  32. what a precious picture…and this is honestly the most gorgeous pecan pie i’ve ever seen!

    - natalie@thesweetslife


    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  34. This is gorgeous! My boyfriend claims he doesn’t like pecan pie, but I’m convinced I need to make him one and he’ll immediately change his mind because there’s just nothing quite like pecan pie!

    - Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes

  35. What a sweet Grandma! I love her pecan pie, looks so pretty! Can’t wait to try it!

    - Angie

  36. Pecan pie is my absolute favorite. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and an even sweeter story! :)

    - Mary Clay @ Cooking with the King

  37. so beautiful ali!!! and sweet story of your grandmother. i will always associate boston creme pie and pound cake with my grandma…. :)

    - Mary Beth

  38. A beautiful pie for a beautifully touching story!

    Seriously though, for “teaching yourself how to bake pies” that first pie is pretty ri-diculous! The extra pecans on the top make your pie a work of art!

    - Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

  39. Seriously gorgeous pie, Ali, and such a sweet story about your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing woman!

    - Tracey

  40. Awwww … your grandma sounds lovely! And your pie is beautiful!!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  41. I have a funny story about pecan pie I have to tell you the next time I see ya! This looks gorgeous!!

    - JulieD

  42. Just gorgeous! I could die in a slice of that pie right there. Loved the back story, too. Your grandma sounds like a special lady.

    - dana

  43. Such a sweet post and I love this pie – yes please to the brown butter!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  44. Pecan pie is one of my FAVORITES. This makes me want fall!

    - Jaclyn

  45. What a beautiful post, Ali! I bet your grandmother is grinning from ear to ear. And I seriously can’t wait to make this pecan pie!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  46. This pecan pie sounds absolutely PERFECT! Love the crust, the filling, and the pretty pecans on top!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  47. Beautiful post. Beautiful pie. Your grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful lady!

    - Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

  48. Ahh what a gorgeous pecan pie, looks perfect! :)

    - Kelly

  49. First, I have to say that pecan pie is probably my absolutely FAVORITE pie. Sadly, it took me a while to first try it but I never looked back after that!

    Second, and most importantly, thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories of your grandma!! She sounds like a truly wonderful woman and makes me miss mine. Beautifully written Ali!!

    - Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen}

  50. Sweet post about pecan pie and even sweeter about your grandma, Ali! Your pecan pie is beautiful!

    - Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

  51. Loved this post for your grandmother and pecan pie! Pecan pie is one of my ultimate favorite desserts!

    - Angie | Big Bear's Wife

  52. Such a great post!! Makes me think of my granny..and her peach cobbler. Where would we be without these ladies!

    - steph@stephsbitebybite

  53. What a great post about your grandmother. That pecan pie looks amazing and I’m sure it tastes just as great.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  54. Such a sweet post! Grandmas rock! And so does pieeeee!

    - Sophie

  55. Your grandma sound like an amazing lady!! This was such a sweet post, Ali!
    I love pecan pie SO much. It is surely on of my favorite pies, especially since I not really a fruity pie person! This pie is gorgeous and come Thanksgiving I wild be making tons and tons of them! YUM!

    - Tieghan

  56. I’ve never made a pecan pie. You’ve inspired me to try. Beautiful pictures!

    - Melanie @

  57. What a beautiful pie! My grandma makes pretty good pecan pie too!

    The picture with your cousins and your grandma is priceless! <3

    - Racheal @ Running with Racheal

  58. This is so pretty!!

    - Jenna