Southern Pecan Pie Recipes

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January 5, 2015

Southern Pecan Pie - closeup of finished piePecan pie is one of my favorites. My father used to make them when I was a child. This is a recipe based on one in an old cookbook that belonged to him. My daughter and I made this version for Christmas and decided to add the leaf motif around the outer edge. Hope you enjoy it.


Total Time: 1.5 hours including prep time

Yield: 8+ slices

Source: Based on recipe from The Encyclopedia of Cookery, 1948


  • 1 9 inch pie shell
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup broken pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • Optional: Dough Leaf Cutouts
  • additional pie crust or dough scraps
  • leaf cookie cutter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Partially bake pie crust, approximately 7-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Southern Pecan Pie - partially baked shell
  4. Cream butter and sugar.
  5. Southern Pecan Pie - butter and brown sugar in glass bowl
    Southern Pecan Pie - creamed butter and brown sugar
  6. Add Karo syrup and continue creaming.
  7. Southern Pecan Pie - adding Karo syrup

  8. Blend thoroughly.
  9. Southern Pecan Pie - blending of butter, sugar, syrup
  10. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
  11. Southern Pecan Pie - beating eggs
  12. Break pecans into medium to small pieces and measure.
  13. Southern Pecan Pie - broken pecans in measuring cup
  14. Beat the eggs into the bowl with the sugar, butter, and syrup mixture. Add the salt, vanilla, and nuts.
  15. Southern Pecan Pie - adding eggs to butter, sugar, and syrup mixture
    Southern Pecan Pie - adding salt
    Southern Pecan Pie - adding vanilla
    Southern Pecan Pie - mixing filling
  16. If you are going to add the leaf accents, roll out your pastry scraps now and prepare your shapes. We had a small leaf cookie cutter, but you can free hand cut them as well.
  17. Southern Pecan Pie - rolled pastry and cut leaves
    Southern Pecan Pie - adding leaf veins with a knife
    Southern Pecan Pie - closeup of two leaves

  18. Turn filling into partially baked pastry shell (add leaves) and return to 350 degree F oven.
  19. Southern Pecan Pie - pouring filling into the pastry crust
    Southern Pecan Pie - assembling the crust
    Southern Pecan Pie - leaf dough cut outs arranged around the edge of the unbaked pie
  20. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the filling is completely set.
  21. Southern Pecan Pie - baked pie
  22. Cover the edges with foil or a pie edge cover at approximately 45 minutes, to prevent the edge from getting too brown.
  23. Check with a toothpick to make sure the filling is completely set.
  24. Let cool to room temperature. Slice and serve. Yummy.
  25. Southern Pecan Pie - slice of pie with whipped cream

This time my daughter and I decided to dress the pie up a bit by adding leaf shapes to the outer edge. For this you would need to use an additional frozen crust or use the scraps, if you make your own dough.

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November 25, 2009

I have gotten rave reviews on this pie. Different than the syrupy kind. This is a combination of half a dozen different pecan pie recipes that I had tried over the years.

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August 26, 2015

My father liked to make pecan pie. This recipe is based on one in an old cookbook that belonged to my father. Watch this video and learn how my daughter and I made it.

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