Desserts | November 3, 2020

Simple Pecan Pie

Simple Pecan Pie

Simple Pecan Pie is a classic holiday favorite! This easy homemade classic pie recipe is one I’ve been making for over 35 years. The filling is truly the best pecan pie filling ever!

Pecan pie unbaked

Nothing could be easier than making a pecan pie. Whenever people ask me what pie is the best pie to make as a beginner? I give them three suggestions: Tollhouse Pie,  Fudge Brownie Pie and this recipe for Simple Pecan Pie.  Pecan pie is so easy to make, your 8 year old can help you make it!

Fresh Pecan Pie
How to arrange pecans on a pecan pie

Making pecan pie involves mixing butter, sugar, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and salt together. Next comes pouring the ingredients into an unbaked pie shell (homemade or store bought), and stirring in the nuts. And finally, baking for an hour. That’s it! Mix, pour and bake. I like to arrange pecan halves on top for a pretty presentation, but it’s not necessary!

How to make pecan pie

Nothing matches the rich filling of a pecan pie! This pecan pie recipe is full of pecans in every bite and a decadent caramelized filling. I also love the way our favorite pecan pie freezes. It can be made ahead for a busy holiday. Simply make and bake as directed. When completely cool, cover in plastic wrap. I like to place a sheet of parchment over the top of the pie so the parchment collects any condensation.

Easy pecan pie!

When ready to serve, take out of freezer ( I take the wrap off from freezer and rewrap with new) and let thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove and let come to room temperature before serving. It seriously tastes as good as the day it was baked! 


Simple Pecan Pie

A Bountiful Kitchen
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, pecan pie, pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
cooling time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 unbaked 9" pie crust *see recipe notes for link
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark) firmly packed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • 1 1/2-2 cups pecan halves


  1. Cream butter in a mixer. Gradually add sugar.

    Mix in light corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and salt. Blend well.

  2. Stir in nuts, or pour filling in 9" pie shell and arrange pecans on top of corn syrup mixture.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until filling is set.

Recipe Notes

  • If pie begins to brown too much, cover with foil.
  • Bake on bottom shelf of the oven.
  • Recipe for our favorite pie crust found here
  • See recipe post for freezing instructions!

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  1. My neighbor makes a German Chocolate Pecan Pie… It is oh so yummy… She is tight lipped when it comes to her recipe… Do you have one? My Marc-a-Roni would be in Heaven if I made it for him!

  2. Anon, dark corn syrup will alter the taste a bit. It has a more intense flavor, more like molasses. And of course, the color will be darker.If you have a choice, I would try the light first. Happy baking!

    1. I make this pie every year! Yes it is best when made the night before and left out on countertop, without covering.
      One of our favorites!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Are the pretty pecans on top in addition to the amount in the recipe? Or, are some put aside from the recipe to pit on top? My daughter just made the filling and it smells diviiine!! I want to drink it! 😉