The BEST Homemade Pecan Pie (without Corn Syrup)

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Old-fashioned pecan pie is a classic southern recipe that is a must-make for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Plain and simple, there’s no corn syrup in this old-fashioned dessert.

Put this easy dessert recipe together in just 10 minutes. Then, it’s ready to eat in just 40 minutes. Seriously, this is my kind of fast food!

A homemade pecan pie.
You’ll love making this easy dessert!

I sometimes joke that I have homemade pies running through my veins. Blame it on my Amish-Mennonite heritage. Or more likely my sweet tooth that is the size of a saber-tooth tiger.

I love homemade desserts and this family favorite is at the top of that list.

About this Pecan Pie

This old-fashioned pecan pie has been in my family for decades. What’s more, I’m honored to say I personally knew the lady who is credited for this southern classic. Betty Brisco was the wife of my dad’s best friend and her memory will always be a part of every bite of this tasty dessert.

What you’re going to love about this is how simple it is to make. And how wonderful it tastes. Read on and I’ll show you how to make this easy homemade pecan pie without corn syrup!

A slice of homemade pecan pie on a plate.
Old-fashioned pecan pie is the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner.
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Pecan Pie Ingredients

Other than a pastry crust, all you need is a few basic pantry ingredients plus a cup of pecans. Easy as pie.

Sugar, butter, and other ingredients to make homemade pecan pie.
If you’re looking for a pecan pie recipe with no corn syrup, this is the one!

For the Crust – Take the easy way route and buy a store-bought one to save both time and effort. Or, if you’re a purist and want to get your inner Amish, learn how to make a pie crust from scratch with our easy method.

Use Light Brown Sugar – Use light brown sugar in this recipe. Its mellow tones helps to keep the focus on the pecans.

For the Pecans – Use pecans that are shelled and halved. You can add raw pecans to the recipe but you’ll get a warm flavor boost if you lightly toast them first!

  • How to toast pecans in the oven: Toss the nuts in a tablespoon of olive oil and arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place in a preheated oven of 350° for about 7 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to over-toast. (I’ve done that a few times!)
  • How to toast pecans on the stovetop: Coat the pecans with about a tablespoon of olive oil and then heat in a skillet over a medium-high setting for about 3 minutes. Be sure to stir them well.

If you want smaller chunks of pecan, just break them up before adding to the recipe. This will also make it easier to slice.

Pro Kitchen Tips:

  1. Toast a bunch of pecans and store the leftovers in an air-tight container. They’ll last for a week or two and you can add these flavor-enhanced nuts to other holiday desserts!
  2. When baking with eggs, allow them to come to room temperature first. This will make the recipe bake more evenly. Here’s a great tip on how to bring eggs to room temperature quickly.

How to Make a Pecan Pie

(Get the full recipe at the end of this post.)

Mixing ingredients for making a homemade pecan pie from scratch.
  1. Combine the sugars and flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the eggs, butter, vanilla, and milk in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine the egg mixture with the dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in the pecans and pour the mixture into an unbaked pie shell.
Decorating a homemade pecan pie
Adding a little pastry bling to a homemade pie is easy.

At this point, you can bake the pie, or add some pastry cut-outs to the top for extra decorations.

To do this, just roll out some pastry crust and use these pastry leaves cut-outs. These add an extra element to this homemade pie!

A homemade pie with acorns and fall leaves on the side.
Bake it at 375° F for 40-50 minutes.

Common questions about this recipe

How do you tell when pecan pie is done?

This is done when it starts to show signs of being solid in the center. The internal temperature should be 200° F or 93° C on an instant-read thermometer.

What can I serve with this?

In two words: Ice. Cream. Or, vanilla ice cream to be more precise!

Can you freeze pecan pie?

This is a great dessert to bake ahead of time. If you’re wondering how to freeze it, just follow these easy steps!

  1. Bake as directed and allow to cool completely.
  2. Wrap the pie tightly with plastic wrap or foil.
  3. Place in a zip-lock bag or air-tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. When you are ready to serve it, allow it to thaw overnight and come to room temperature. Slice and enjoy!

Mini pecan pie recipe

If you have some mini-chefs in your family, this is a great way to get your kid in the kitchen. Just ask our boys!

Two young boys mixing pie ingredients in mixing bowls.

What you need to make mini pecan pies:

Rolling dough and adding filling to make mini pecan pies.
You can easily convert this into a min pecan pie recipe.
  1. Roll out the pie pastry and use a wide-mouth bowl to cut the forms. A 4-inch diameter works great for this. Place the mini-pie crusts into the openings of a muffin-top pan.
  2. Mix the ingredients as directed and pour into the mini-pie shells.
  3. Bake as directed.
  4. Cool and enjoy!
A whole pecan pie and some mini pecan pies.
Make this old-fashioned pie into many different sizes!

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Homemade Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

5 from 13 votes
This recipe is dedicated to my dad and his best friend, Andy Brisco. And of course to the lady behind it all, Andy's wife, Betty.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pie crust, pre-made or our recipe – see link below
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine sugars, flour, and salt. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • In separate bowl, stir and combine butter, vanilla, milk, and eggs.
  • Add egg mixture to sugar mixture and stir until blended together.
  • Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake 40-50 minutes until browned and center is set.

Notes

  • Storage instructions: This pecan pie will stay good for five days, in an air-tight container. Or, freeze it for up to 3 months. Wrap and seal it with plastic wrap, then store it in your freezer.
  • Used chopped pecans to make it easier to slice, if desired.
  • Use light brown sugar for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 114mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 40g, Vitamin A: 421IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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51 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    For me, Thanksgiving isn’t’ complete without a pecan pie. I mean there has to be pecan pie in our home. Love how simple and easy this is. Sounds yum.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s so beautiful when beside a recipe there is a story, a family story with a lot of memories. I think that all of us has a recipe like that!

  3. 5 stars
    Food and memories really go hand in hand. Whether it’s the taste or the people we’re with or who inspired the recipe — it all gets down to the food and memories. The idea that you can share the special memories with your family is terrific. So tradition is born and I bet these adorable pecan pies will be served for generations to come.

  4. This is a different method to making pecan pie than what I normally eat, and it sounds really tasty. I will have to give yours a try!

  5. 5 stars
    What a lovely post. Food sure stirs up so many fond memories of family members and friends. They definitely live forever through these family recipes.
    Thank you for sharing this easy to make and delicious pecan pies with all of us.

  6. 5 stars
    I would take this recipe and make it into tarts….just so I would be tempted not to eat the whole pie LOL. I know just the person to make this for….not including me. Sounds and looks delicious.

  7. WEll, this was just in time since I know everyone loves this pie and have no idea how its made. I need to bring this to my sons for Thanksgiving. Will be trying this this week! thanks

  8. 5 stars
    Your pecan pie looks insanely good! This is a really unique recipe especially if you use it for decades. This sounds like something I need to try. I really like

  9. This sounds lovely, pecan pie is one of my all time favourites! I really liked the idea of rolling out the dough for some mini pies too, that way you can have a small sampling of the different pies that always seem to be around the Holiday table <3