Texas Pecan Pie Recipe: Best Southern Recipe for Pecan Pie

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If there’s one thing that’s synonymous with the Lone Star State, it’s the Texas pecan pie. This classic recipe, often served at Thanksgiving dinner, is a favorite among many, and for good reason. Today, I’ll be sharing the secrets behind the perfect Texas pecan pie recipe. I’ll share the tips and techniques that make it so special, along with a little history and some fun facts!

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A Brief History of the Texas Pecan Pie

While the pecan tree has been around in North America since the late 1800s, the first pecan pie recipe didn’t make its way into Texas cookbooks until the 1930s. The pecan, being native to the southern United States, quickly became a staple ingredient in many southern recipes. In fact, the pecan is the state nut of Texas and the pecan pie has been declared the official state pie.

Ingredients: The Heart of a Perfect Pecan Pie

bowl of shelled pecans

The heart of any Texas pecan pie recipe lies in its ingredients. The filling typically consists of brown sugar, dark corn syrup (or sometimes light corn syrup for a milder flavor) or our recommended corn syrup substitutes, and of course, the star of the show, pecan halves. Using fresh pecans, whether they be halves or pecan pieces, can really elevate the taste of your pie.

The Secret to a Delicious Nut-filled Pie

The secret to a perfect pecan pie lies in the balance between the gooey filling and the crunchy pecans. While some prefer to mix the pecans into the syrup mixture, a rule of thumb for the perfect Texas pecan pie is to carefully arrange the pecan halves on the top of the pie. As the pie bakes, these pecans rise to the top, creating a delicious nut-filled crust on top of the gooey pecan filling.

Crust: The Foundation of Your Texas Pecan Pie

pie crust dough

The crust is the foundation of any pie, and this holds true for the Texas pecan pie. The best pie crust recipe would typically involve combining flour, salt, and unsalted butter at room temperature in a food processor. Add a little bit of ice water, and voila! You have your pie crust. Remember, nobody likes a soggy bottom, so it’s essential to pre-bake your pie crust for about 10-15 minutes before adding the filling. And don’t forget to use the right pie pan.

Baking: The Final Frontier

The perfect pecan pie is baked until the filling is set and the crust is a beautiful golden brown. This usually happens at an oven temperature of around 350 degrees F. But here’s a tip – if you notice the edges of your pie crust browning too quickly, cover them with a little aluminum foil to prevent burning. Once baked, let the pie cool on a wire rack before slicing into it.

Variations of the Classic Texas Pecan Pie

While the classic Texas pecan pie recipe is a crowd-pleaser, there are plenty of variations to explore. There are fudge pecan pies, pecan pie bars, and even a chocolate version for those with a sweet tooth. Another popular variant is adding a dash of bourbon or maple syrup to the filling for an extra layer of flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Serving Your Pie: The Perfect Finale

a slice of pecan pie on a plate

Now that your perfect pecan pie is ready, it’s time to serve it. While the pie itself is incredibly flavorful, adding a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of dark Karo syrup can really tantalize the taste buds. Trust me, this will leave your guests looking forward to the next time they can enjoy your Texas pecan pie.

Conclusion: The Texas Pecan Pie Experience

Be it the gooey filling, the crunchy pecans, or the flaky crust, every element of a Texas pecan pie recipe contributes to a unique and unforgettable experience. So, whether you’re a Texan hosting a holiday dinner or just a pie lover looking to try out new recipes, the Texas pecan pie is a classic that’s worth perfecting. The next section will be about the recipe itself, which I’m sure you’re eager to try out. But for now, I hope you’ve gained a deeper appreciation of this beloved southern pecan pie.

Texas Pecan Pie - A Southern Delight Recipe

Texas Pecan Pie - A Southern Delight Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours

A classic Texas Pecan Pie that's absolutely delicious and brimming with southern charm. This pie pairs perfectly with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Pie Crust

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecan halves


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  2. Cut in the chilled, diced butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, stirring the dough after each addition.
  4. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  5. Once the dough has chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to fit your 9-inch pie pan.
  6. Press the dough into the pan and set aside.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  8. In a large bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt.
  9. Add the corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla extract, and beaten eggs to the sugar mixture.
  10. Spread the pecan halves evenly over the unbaked pie crust.
  11. Pour the filling over the pecans.


The pie will continue to set as it cools, so don't worry if it seems a bit jiggly when you take it out of the oven.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 64gNet Carbohydrates: 61gFiber: 3gSugar: 48gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 6g
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