Pecan Pie

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This is our family’s classic pecan pie recipe, inspired by my grandmother.

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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.

Update: If you are interested in a pecan pie recipe that is naturally sweetened with maple syrup (no corn syrup), here is my newest pecan pie recipe.

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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.


Pecan Pie

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 slices 1x


The best pecan pie recipe from my grandma. :)



  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 2 cups pecan halves (plus extras to line the top, if desired)


  1. Heat oven.  Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Blind bake the pie crust. Chill the unbaked pie crust for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator or freezer.  Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to line the inside of the chilled crust, shaping it gently around the inner edges to form a mold of the crust. Fill the bottom of the crust with pie weights or dried beans.  Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie pan from the oven, carefully lift out the foil/parchment and weights, and set them aside.  Decrease the oven heat to 350°F.
  3. Prepare the filling. 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. Chop the pecans, then stir them into the butter and sugar mixture until combined.
  4. Assemble. Pour the entire filling into the prepared pie crust. If desired, line the top of the filling with extra pecans.
  5. Bake. Bake the pie for 40-50 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. After the first 20 to 25 minutes of bake time, you are welcome to loosely tent a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the whole pie if the crust or pecans seem to be browning too quickly.  The pie will be ready to go once the top is puffed up into a dome (which will sink to become flat again, once the pie has set and cooled).  Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let it rest until it reaches room temperature.
  6. Serve. Slice and serve pie at room temperature (or you can refrigerate and chill the pie, if you prefer).  Cover and store leftover pie at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.


*If you would rather not use corn syrup, feel free to use my other pecan pie recipe instead.

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251 comments on “Pecan Pie”

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  1. 5 stars
    I am always intrigued how the same traditional pecan pie can look so different by rearranging the pecans on top. I love your traditional circular pecan halves look. I can’t wait to try a gluten free option by swapping out the all-purpose flour crust with a pecan meal/flour crust to see how it tastes. (We have a daughter that is gluten intolerant.)

  2. 5 stars
    Great pie recipe. Even doubled it and it worked and turned out great

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  4. Oh wow! I was so surprised at how tasty this pie turned out. I really wanted to find a recipe that didn’t use corn syrup and I’m happy to say that this is my new go to pecan pie recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello! You used to have a substitute recipe with brown sugar and maple syrup, can I get a link to that? The on currently on this blog goes to this same recipe. And I LOVE your substitute version best!

  6. Hi! I was just about to make this pie with the corn syrup substitutions and that note no longer shows up! Can you tell me what it is?

  7. Love the recipe. Made it last year with one little addition to the recipe. I added 1 tablespoon of homemade maple syrup that’s been aged for 2 years. Yum

  8. Absolutely delicious. The browned butter adds an extra depth of flavor; do not skip this step. However, you may want to research how to brown butter before attempting. The instructions are not abundantly clear.

    I would also recommend that you opt for a 9-inch deep dish or a larger pie pan because my pie had about half a cup of filling leftover.

    It really is the best pecan pie ever!

  9. I searched high and low for a recipe I thought would be a good choice for my first attempt I served it to my fiance yesterday evening and he said this is the best pecan pie he’s ever eaten thank you grandmother for me and thank you

  10. The best pecan pie, hands down! The brown butter and touch of cinnamon make a real difference – already getting so many requests to make it again!

  11. This is my 1st attempt making a pecan pie and wanted make it special for my fiance and it turned out beautifully took 60 minutes to cook in my oven and and my fiance said this was the best pecan pie he has ever eaten.

  12. Made this and my fiancé said it was even better than his mom’s pecan pie, and that is saying something. This going forward is my go to pecan pie recipe, thank you and thank you Grandma! Delicious!!!!!!!