This Easy Pecan Pie without corn syrup is hands-down our FAVORITE PIE EVER and a must at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Includes tips for pecan pie problems!
Pecan pie is my favorite pie but only the homemade kind because everything else pales by comparison. There are many things that I buy ready-made because they are almost as good. But there is NOTHING like homemade pecan pie especially this southern pecan pie without corn syrup.
Growing up my cousin with southern roots always raved about her mom’s pecan pie and tried to get us to try it at Thanksgiving. Once she finally convinced me to try it I became a lifelong fan! This recipe is adapted from the one passed down from my cousin’s grandmother.
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Where is the Easy Pecan Pie Recipe? In this post, I will share step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make the pecan pie, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe and sharing a video. But you can go directly to the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
How To Make Easy Pecan Pie
Step One: Pie Crust
Here’s one of those times when I go with ready-made. Store-bought pie crust is a timesaver and since the pie crust definitely isn’t the star of the show in a pecan pie it’s an easy cheat.
Press one pie dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Trim off any excess and crimp the edges.
Step Two: Pecan Pie Filling
The most important thing about the pecan pie filling is that you don’t want to overmix it. The filling is stirred with a fork just until combined. All of the ingredients into the bowl, combine with a fork and pour into the crust. Super easy!
Also, this easy pecan pie recipe is made without corn syrup, unlike most other recipes, and tastes even better. Instead of corn syrup, there is additional sugar and there is more brown sugar with adds more flavor!
Time-saver #2 is that I buy already chopped pecans. The price is the same or similar and it makes the recipe even easier.
Step Three: Fill the Pie Crust
The pecan pie filling is a thick soupy, sugary filling and it’s hard to imagine it turning out amazing when you see it like this. But just trust the process and pour the filling into your pie crust.
Step Four: Make a Foil Ring
Make a ring of foil and completely cover the edge of the pie crust.
Bake the pie with the foil ring but remove it for the last 10-15 minutes.
Step Four: Bake the Easy Pecan Pie
Bake the pie for 30 minutes, remove the foil ring and then bake it for an additional 10-15 minutes, for a total of 40-45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. The pecan pie filling with thicken as it cools.
Pecan Pie Problems
How To Tell If Pecan Pie Is Done
The hardest part of this easy pie recipe is knowing when to take it out of the oven. The top pecan pie should be golden, crunchy, and set but the inside of the pie is still jiggly. When you wiggle shake the pie pan, you can see the pie jiggle a little but not so much that it looks like it is going to slosh out of the pan.
Runny Pecan Pie
If your pecan pie is runny after it cools, either you didn’t bake it long enough, you overmixed it (or used a mixer instead of a fork), your oven temperature is off, or you didn’t add the correct amount of ingredients.
You can’t really fix a runny pecan pie after it baked and cooled, but you can still eat it. The best option is to scoop out the pecan pie filling and serve it over ice cream. Once the pie has cooled it’s too late to cook it the rest of the way. It still tastes delicious and makes a great ice cream topping!
Burnt Pecan Pie
The top of the pecan pie gets burnt when it is baked too long or your oven is too hot. Check your oven temperature with a thermometer to make it is accurate. To prevent the pie crust from getting burnt, cover the edge of the pie crust with foil and only remove it for the last 10-15 minutes.
Easy Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup FAQs
1. Why doesn’t this recipe have corn syrup?
It doesn’t need it. That is how the recipe was passed down from my cousin’s grandmother. And trust us, it is THE BEST pecan pie you’ll ever taste!
2. How can I make gluten-free pecan pie? Use a gluten-free pie crust and gluten-free all-purpose flour substitute. Also, double check that the rest of your ingredients are gluten-free as well.
3. Do I need to add pecans to the top of the pie? The chopped pecans will rise to the top during baking. If you want a decorative top on the pie you’ll have to add pecan halves. After pouring the pecan pie filling into the pie crust, top the pie with pecan halves in a decorative pattern of your choice.
4. How should pecan pie be stored? Since it contains eggs, wrap the pecan pie and store it in the refrigerator for up to four days. It can also be stored in the freezer for up to two months.
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Carol V. says
I have made this pie several times now with no issues at all except my family eats it so fast I never get any…lol. ❤️
I’m so glad they all enjoy it but bummer that you don’t get any! 🙂
Jean k says
Is it a cup of flour ?
It’s 1 1/2 tbsp of flour.
Hannah Gray says
For some reason the pecans seemed to have sunk to the bottom. Hopefully it still tastes right! I make pecan pie every year but decided to try a recipe without corn syrup this year.
Is the brown sugar packed? Can’t wait to make this for thanksgiving!
Yes, it is packed.
I made this pie for a group of pecan pie loving fiends (my friends) and it was a hit! I’ve had so many issues with corn syrup pecan pies in the past and decided to give this a try. It was a breeze and absolutely delicious. This is my go-to pecan pie recipe for life!
Yay!!! I love to hear that!
Followed the directions didn’t do anything different the pie is delicious will be making again
Roxy Hall says
I did the same. Used canned milk for the 2 tablespoons half and half and it was great.
Tasty, perfect, like a restaurant! I made this today, after a failed attempt with a corn syrup recipe. It is more than perfect, and we all absolutely loved it. Many thanks to you, and thanks to your cousin and her grandmother for passing down this recipe over the generations. God bless.
Its not very pretty when it comes out but who freakin cares?! It tastes AMAZING!!!
Great recipe! I subbed almond milk with half and half, and used dairy free butter along with a GF crust and GF 1 to 1 baking flour (Bob’s Red Mill brand) and it was delicious! I should’ve baked the pie for closer to 45 mins, but the flavor was pretty good. I’ll have to experiment with DF butter for taste but overall amazing!
Has anyone heard from Andrea about how the bourbon pecan pie turned out?
Hi! I saw Tonia’s response to Andrea’s comment and decided to try it out. I replaced the half-and-half with bourbon, but also added about 1/2 tablespoon more of butter to compensate for the half-and-half’s fat. It worked out perfectly and tastes INCREDIBLE. The pie does not result super bourbon-forward, but you just get a nice touch of it at the end. I suppose you could add more if you wanted more bourbon flavor, but the filling would probably be a little thinner.
Can you make this dough one day ahead of time?
Thanks in advance!
The pie crust dough can be made a day in advance, wrapped tightly in plastic and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. But the pie filling is super easy to mix together with a fork right before baking. Otherwise you can bake the pie, allow it to cool completely, cover it and store it in the fridge overnight.
Sandie Cloud says
Wow! I searched for a pecan pie without corn syrup and found this recipe of yours. WOW! Best pecan pie EVER! So quick and easy. This is my new go to for any gathering. Added sweetened whipped cream, out of this world!
Fantastic! Thanks for stopping back to share. I made 2 of these pies today and plan to use the rest of my pie crust to make mini pecan pies. Happy thanksgiving!
Annie Green says
I used this recipe for my Christmas dessert and it was delicious. I will be using this for my go to recipe!!
Do you toast your pecans before adding them to the filling?
My personal preference is not toasting the pecans. I’ve tried toasting them first but felt that the pie had a burnt taste. That being said some people swear by toasting the pecans first.
Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
krysta Wolfangel says
I made this pie both ways. One time was as you wrote it and the other times were per the recipe you adapted this recipe from. Both are insanely good BUT way too sweet. This recipe is still VERY sweet even with dropping the amount 1 and 1/4 cups sugar. What I do is I pair it with unsweet whipped cream. it is great this way. Otherwise, drop the sugar to 1 cup. Add 1 cup dark chocolate chips and you can forget ever loving anything else on earth again. It will be your one true love. This pie is so good and so heavy on sugar that your brain will demand you make it again. It will freak you out. You will be powerless. Just go with it 😏
gainia finley says
I’m going to make this because your comment made me 🤣🤣🤣
Jen Fernandez says
I made this as my first pecan pie ever with my own homemade crust and added semi sweet choc chunks. It was amazing, delicious and a huge hit with the family. My dad said it was the best pecan pie he’s ever had…. And he’s 74yrs old! ❤️
That’s fantastic!! I’m going to be making several of these pies this week! Happy thanksgiving!
If you use your pie crust recipe, does it need to be blind baked?
No it does not need to be blind baked. I used my crust recipe to make a chocolate pecan pie. You can see what it looks like here: https://www.thegunnysack.com/chocolate-pecan-pie/
I would suggest replacing the half and half with the bourbon. I’ve never tried it but if you do let us know how it turns out!
Do you whisk the eggs separately and then mix with all other ingredients?
Nope, just put everything in the bowl and mix it with a fork.
I’m planning to make this recipe next week for my husband, but I want to add bourbon. Do you have any guidance regarding anything I might need to adjust to make up for the extra liquid of the bourbon? Should I just use it in place of the vanilla? Thanks in advance!
What adaptations did you make from the original recipe and why?
I increased the amount of flour (for thickening), switched to half-and-half (because it is richer in flavor and is thicker), added salt (because most sweets benefit from a little salt), and increased the bake time (because my pies always took longer to bake than the original recipe called for).
Do you add 1/2 cup of already melted butter? or 1/2 cup of solid butter, which is then melted?
It is a 1/2 cup of solid butter that you then melt before adding it to the bowl.
Great recipe. I searched specifically for a pecan pie recipe without corn syrup because I no longer eat that garbage. The only change I made was doubling the vanilla extract which I always do in every recipe that calls for vanilla extract. This turned out perfectly and tasted exactly like the pecan pie my aunt always made at the holidays.
Eva Holman says
Can I substitute peanuts for the pecans, to make a Virginia Peanut Pie without corn syrup?
I’ve never tried that but yes it should work well!