Unlike lots of recipes for pecan pies, this one is tried and true

The perfect pecan pie (it's pronounced "pah-KAHN," by the way) has been a longtime tradition in my family

By Bibi Hutchings


Published December 25, 2021 1:31PM (EST)

Pecan Pie (Getty Images)
Pecan Pie (Getty Images)

We live in a crazy world right now. With so many choices and so much confusion, it's often difficult to make even the simplest decision — especially during the chaos of the holidays.

One of the big questions of the season is undoubtedly, "What am I going to bring to the holiday table?" Thankfully, I'm here to help you decide. Bring a pecan pie, but make it Southern style!

The perfect pecan pie (it's pronounced "pah-KAHN," by the way) has been a longtime tradition in my family. Though this pie shines brightest during the fall holidays, it inevitably shows up at my house for various birthdays and get-togethers throughout the year.

It's true that this pecan pie will be loved by all and requested for years to come. I know because I grew up with this dessert. Both of my grandmothers made it, even the one that wasn't such a great cook.

As a child, I chose cake over pie and considered this to be a dessert for grown-ups. Once I was a little older, I understood the appeal — especially once I could add a little bourbon to my coffee to enjoy with a slice.

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Unlike lots of recipes for other pecan pies these days, this one is tried and true, beloved in its simplicity for literally decades. It doesn't have bacon or liquor in it. It doesn't have chocolate or pumpkin swirled into it. It's perfect exactly as it is — a never-trying-too-hard kind of sophisticated perfection.

From the texture and the sweetness, to the layers of deliciousness from the slightly chewy, slightly crunchy pecans that magically rise to the top, to the just-right gooey goodness before you get to the crust — it is pure bliss. 


Recipe: Southern Pecan Pie


  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, not chopped
  • 1 unbaked, regular pie shell, pricked all around with a fork


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together eggs, sugar, Karo, butter and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Stir in pecans.
  4. Pour into pie shell and bake 50-55 minutes, or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a rack.

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By Bibi Hutchings

Bibi Hutchings, a lifelong Southerner, lives along a quiet coastal Alabama bay with her cat, Zulu, and husband, Tom. She writes about the magical way food evokes memories, instantly bringing you back to the people, places and experiences of your life. Her stories take you all around the South and are accompanied with tried-and-true recipes that are destined to become a part of your memory-making as you share them with your friends and family.         

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