7 Ways to Make Pecan Pie for the Holidays

Looking for a pecan pie recipe? Here are 7 worth a try. There's something for every holiday table in this collection, including pecan pies for one, some spiked with maple and chocolate, a few classics, and just pecan pie ... straight-up. Whichever you choose, top it with a cloud of cream whipped with a little brown sugar or maple syrup and you'll have one, mean holiday dessert your guests will go crazy for!

1. Pecan Pie for Beginners

Let's start at the beginning. The first recipe is a basic pecan pie perfect for bakers who have never before tried their hand at this classic dessert. Since it's so rich and creamy, and the taste of pecans is so distinctive, this pie can be a daunting undertaking - but with this recipe, we guarantee you won't leave anyone at your holiday party disappointed!

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Ingredients:

1 single pie crust (here's a recipe and pastry tutorial)

Filling:
2 cups (500 mL) pecan halves
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
2-4 Tbsp. (30-60 mL) butter, melted
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (185 mL) corn syrup
2 tsp. (10 mL) vanilla
1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL) salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and toast them for 5-7 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until they are fragrant. Keep a close eye on them so that they don't burn.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, butter, eggs, corn syrup, vanilla and salt; stir until well blended and smooth, making sure you get rid of any lumps of brown sugar. Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture into the crust.

Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes, until the filling is slightly puffed and set. If the pastry is browning too quickly, cover the pie loosely with a piece of foil. Cool it completely on a wire rack before serving at room temperature

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2. Classic Pecan Pie
When you just want a good pecan pie, straight-up - this is it!
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3. Butterscotch Pecan Pie for One
How adorable are these? Wee pies small enough that everyone can have their own.
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4. Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise
Here's a warm, aromatic addition to classic pecan pie, spiked with maple.
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5. Maple Walnut Pecan Pie
Why should pecans get all the attention? Add a handful of walnuts, too.
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6. Emeril's Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie
It's tough to improve an already delicious pecan pie ... but adding chocolate just might do the trick!
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7. Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie
Spiced chocolate is a Mexican specialty. Here, it's transformed into a pecan pie with a little kick.
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