Try this delicious farmhouse pecan pie recipe for your next gathering. It comes together easily and is a huge hit in our home. All the steps you need.

Piece of pecan pie made from pecan pie recipe

I have always wanted to make a pecan pie.

Actually, I think I just wanted to be able to drop my pecan pie making ability into conversation.

Something a little like this….“Isn’t this great weather we are having and what about those Real Housewives of New York City and have you seen how amazing it looks when you spray paint a pumpkin with flat black spray paint…..oh…..and by the way….I made a pecan pie.”

I never have conversations like that.

I want to.


I want to be standing at the door to greet my family with a cute apron on and really cute highlights in my hair and a sparkling clean kitchen and a hot pecan pie on the stove.

And today I did.

Okay….well….my apron was covered in flour and I need to get my hair done and the kitchen was a disaster.

But let’s rejoice in the small victories.

Are you ready for the yummiest pecan pie recipe on the planet?

Oh, good.

Me, too.


Ingredients for pecan pie recipe

Pecan Pie Recipe

Yes, please. Today my family was greeted with this sitting on the stove.

My first ever pecan pie.

Ever in the history of ever.

And the best part?  this recipe is 100 years old.

It’s been around way before Pinterest and cell phones and microwaves and coffee makers ever thought about being here.


100 years of pecan pie yumminess

It was my friend’s aunt’s mother’s sister’s cousin’s best friends grandmother’s.

It’s been around for 100 years.  When my friend gave it to me, she told me it was good.  She told me that it wasn’t too sweet and wasn’t too runny and set-up perfectly after you let it cool.  But she left off the melt-in-your mouth part.  She left off the clean-your-plate-and-scrape-up-the-crumbs-with-your-finger part.

I should have made two 🙂

Here’s my 100-year-old farmhouse pecan pie recipe

(Or as I like to call it clean-your-plate-and-scrape-up-the-crumbs-with-your-finger pecan pie)

Piece of pecan pie

Farmhouse Pecan Pie Recipe

This is the perfect farmhouse pecan pie recipe.  It was my friend’s aunt’s mother’s sister’s cousin’s best friends grandmother’s.
100 years of pecan pie yumminess.
She told me it was good. She told me that it wasn’t too sweet and wasn’t too runny and set-up perfectly after you let it cool. But she left off the melt-in-your mouth part. She left off the clean-your-plate-and-scrape-up-the-crumbs-with-your-finger part.
It's worth every minute of the making.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine softened
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Beat eggs until light and fluffy.
    Eggs in bowl
  • Add sugar and beat again.
  • Add syrup, butter, pecans, salt and vanilla.
  • Mix ingredients together and pour into pie crust.
  • Cook on 350 for 10 minutes; then reduce temperature to 325 for 30 minutes.
  • Temperature reduction is to keep crust from burning.
  • Ovens vary in performance and cook times should be adjusted accordingly (I had to cook mine an additional 10 minutes).
  • Pie is done when center jiggles like jello when you shake the pie.
  • Make sure the pie cools completely before you cut it.


edited to add: (The pie can look a little buttery until it is cooked completely. Some people have reported having to cook it an additional 20 minutes)
Keyword Pecan Pie Recipe

A slice of pecan pie is an amazing dessert

It is amazing.

And it didn’t even last 10 minutes at my house.

That is one good-looking pie recipe to have been around for more than a century.

A 100-year-old recipe.

I am totally working that one into the conversation.  🙂


PS  I made the pie crust using this recipe (scroll down for the pie crust).  Who knew flour, butter and water could taste so delicious?

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  1. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Congrats on your first Pecan Pie...and what a great way to start off by using a recipe handed down for 100 years!!....A recipe worthy for a custom Greta vinyl cutting work of art!!.....I have never made a pecan pie...always enjoyed my sisters pie every year at maybe I shall break tradition and make my own pecan pie!....Looks fabulous Kari!!....Have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Image for Sandy Sandy

    KariAnne, I have always wanted to bake a pecan pie, so if YOU say it's that scrumptious, I'll follow this 100 yr.-old recipe soon and hopefully add it to my Thanksgiving dessert table.

  3. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Thank you for the reminder! I really need to make up a pecan pie for our pastor.... and do you know what? This is the same recipe that my grandma used! :) The same exact recipe that I grew up on.... and now I would like pecan pie for breakfast! sigh.... i guess grape nuts with toasted pecans sprinkled on top will have to satisfy for today. Yep my family needs a pecan pie... SOON! (my mom now makes a chocolate pecan pie... can you say to die for?!?!!!!) Have a great weekend! Now I'm off to cart my stuff over to a friend's for a yard sale today before we head off to the optometrist this afternoon. :)

  4. Image for Angie Angie

    Mmmm. I love me some pecan pie. I'll have to try this recipe because it sounds and looks yummy. Congrats! We;l be calling you Betty Crocker before we know it! ~ Angie

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    Congrats on your first pecan pie! I love that kind of pie. The first time I ever made one was when I was in high school and I made it for my dad who loves them. That would have been impressive if I hadn't confused almonds for pecans and put the wrong nut in - it was the chewiest pie you could ever imagine!!

  6. Image for Amy Amy

    How fun! 100 years of pecan pie making... My grandma also gave me a family recipe for pecan pie... You may have inspired me to actually make it instead of stopping at the farmers market for one! I always admire your photography and styling skills and loved the photo of your pie with pecans scattered under the plate... You succeeded in making me hungry! Ha! Have a great weekend!

  7. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Trying to leaving the first comment here is like trying to be first at Tater Tots and Jello Linky party. You are slaying me. Oh, and I have a pecan surprise for you. But I'm not telling... yet.

  8. Image for Stephanie @ The Hardscrabble Home Stephanie @ The Hardscrabble Home

    Looks delicious! That's my favorite pie. I recently learned that my new son-in-law to be loves it, too! That's what he wants on the dessert table at their wedding and I think he'd be pretty happy with it for every birthday, holiday, and every other occasion. I had made a mental note to make him one for his birthday. Now, I'll use this recipe and not have to go hunting for one! Thanks Karianne!

  9. Image for tara tara

    Pecan pie is one of my fall favorites! My mom has a tried and true recipe, and I've never made it. I kind of always leave that part up to her. :) BUT, you've inspired me to give it a try. Does your family think you're CRAZY for taking pictures of your ingredients? My family has WAY too much fun making fun of me with this blogging thing.

  10. Image for Diana Browning Diana Browning

    That will be the next "Fall" goodie that I bake.. looks divine. I especially love that the recipe has stood the test of time and been enjoyed by everyone over the last 100 years ! Really special. LOVE IT !. Also, really creative how you laid out all the ingredients out on that bright tablecloth- very interesting. Thanks for Sharing such a great pie.

  11. Image for Jackie Jackie

    Oh my! That looks SOOOO good! I haven't made a pecan pie in years, but I think you just motivated me to do it son. Like today. :) Your pictures are always lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Image for Sandra Sandra

    I loooove pie, any pie, but my most favorite is pecan. This sounds delicious, and how pretty it is! Or was, I can well imagine it didn't last long.

  13. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    This sounds so yummy! I love old recipes! I have my grandmother's 100 year old "Modern Pound cake" recipe. Your pie is gorgeous! I am trying this for the holidays!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Image for Deborah H. Bateman Deborah H. Bateman

    This pecan pie looks delicious. It sounds like a recipe my Mama used to make. Check out my family favorite recipes on my blog. I would love to connect with you there. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  15. Image for Heather @At The Picket Fence Heather @At The Picket Fence

    This is THE Pecan Pie recipe by the way. It's the same one Lee's Mamaw used and her mother used, so I can guarantee it's "real deal pecan pie" authenticity. ;) Wish I could have come over and had a piece of that pie and a cup of coffee with you. Heck, I would have come over even if you didn't have pecan pie and all ya had for me was a Little Debbie or a Twinkie...cause I love ya that much my friend! ;) Heather

  16. Image for dhale dhale

    That is exactly like my Granny's recipe with one difference. If you coat your pecans with flour first they will sit on top of the filling so much better. Pecan is my favorite and yours is beautiful. Now I want one so bad.

  17. Image for Honey Honey

    Congrats on making your first pecan pie! It looks delectable and I see many more in your future! I've made countless numbers over the years, all without fail and everyone's favorite!

  18. Image for bj bj

    TRULY....if I had to choose between MR. SWEET and a WHOLE Pecan Pie, Mr. Sweet would be packin' it in !! Sure is a beautiful pie, too.....:)

  19. Image for Laura Laura

    This is a beautiful pie! I can't wait to make it, just one question. You said butter but didn't list the measurement. Is it a stick and do you melt it? Thanks! Can't wait to make this for my husband he LOVES pecan pie!

  20. Image for Ally Ally

    I adore pecan pie, my highlights have grown out, I've never owned an apron. We are peas in a pod. I did make an apple pie once which turned out beautifully. Then I talked about it a LOT, and offered to bring pie whenever I was invited out, but never ever followed now my friends all roll their eyes when pie is mentioned. The bridges we burn....

  21. Image for emily@thefrenchhutch emily@thefrenchhutch

    I make pecan pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, that's it! You've got a great recipe and I think it's probably about the same as mine. What a great pie, you did a great job on the pie because it looks delicious. I enjoyed your story, smiled a lot. Have a great weekend and HPS. ~Emily The French Hutch

  22. Image for Jil Jil

    I learned, many years ago, to make Pecan pie using this very recipe. We lived in Texas at the time near the Hill Country where lots of pecans come from...I love pie and this one is one of my very favorites! Yummy! HPS! ♥ Jil

  23. Image for Laura Laura

    Oh, KariAnne, I am so impressed I hardly know how to put it in words. I just knew you had it in you. Is there anything better than a southern pecan pie? How about a southern pecan pie made by you? And who knew Karo syrup was still around? SIGH!!! As I said, quite impressive :) Hugs, Laura

  24. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    Good for you! And it's beautiful too! I've made a few pecan pies before and they are yummy! Your recipe sounds a lot like mine - I will have to dig mine out and compare them!

  25. Image for Brenda Kula Brenda Kula

    Congrats on your first ever pecan pie. I doubt I'll ever get around to it. I use to make beautiful meringue pies. But the kids are grown, I live alone, and Braums has a kick-ass pecan pie that you don't even have to cook. Just thaw and eat. Brenda

  26. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Yummm...your pie looks scrumptious!! I often say I may as well skip the wear and tear on my jaw and just glue it directly to my hips and thighs, but I think this would be absolutely worth it! Great job, KariAnne :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, too. Can't wait to try it!

  27. Image for Barbara F. Barbara F.

    KariAnne, leave it to you to make even the ingredients look beautiful! The karo syrup in the fancy little white bowl looks almost to pretty to use, but since pecan pie is my favorite I guess I'd have to make an exception. Thanks for sharing this delectable dessert.

  28. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I have always shied away from making pecan pie because they look so difficult to make. Your pie looks delious and you make it sound easy to make. Pecan pie is my hubby's favorite so it looks like I'm going to give it a try. I may even make some homemade whip cream to top it off. Thank you for sharing your 100 year old recipe.

  29. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Pie is one of my favorite things to make, and pecan pie is my mom's favorite. I always try to make her one for Thanksgiving (and why do I only do it then?). But you're right, so many of the recipes are too sweet. They make your teeth hurt. I will try this perfect pecan recipe next time. Thanks.

  30. Image for Jenn Jenn

    What a wonderful post - I just love the way you have written about the pie and pictured the pie and that you made the pie. Also enjoyed reading your profile about here on your sidebar. Going to look around a bit. I've dropped in from Beverly's Pink Saturday. Happy Pink Saturday!

  31. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Yummy! Your Pecan Pie looks amazing! I love it so much, but I rarely make it because I don't need the calories, otherwise it would be on the menu once a week. Your recipe looks fabulous, too. Hugs, Cindy

  32. Image for RobinfromCA RobinfromCA

    Oooo, that looks so yummy! I've never attempted a pecan pie but I sure do love them. I had a friend in high school (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) who used to make them all the time. I loved it when we would go to her house after school for some homemade pie! Well, now I'm hungry . . . the hazards of blog hopping and pinning! Have a great weekend! Robin

  33. Image for Suzanne @ Welcome to Willow House Suzanne @ Welcome to Willow House

    I'm feeling the need to make a pecan pie now... but I think I'm the only one in my home that will eat it. Dangerous. So... are you going to dish out the secret of your pie crust? Did you go homemade or out of the box? Inquiring minds want to know! My mom was homemade all the way (with a handful of this and a pinch of that and just mix it together until it feels right...), but I'm pretty much a box girl. And we're a house divided as far as pronunciation goes... I say puh-CON, but my Georgia boy hubby says PEE-can. We've agreed to disagree.

  34. Image for Ash Ash

    "It was my friend’s aunt’s mother’s sister’s cousin’s best friends grandmother’s." Your friend's aunt's mother, would also be your friend's mom's mother.... Her mother's sister's cousin, would also be her mother's cousin.... So wouldn't it just be your friend's mother's cousin's best friend's grandmother?

  35. Image for Sheila @sZinteriors Sheila @sZinteriors

    I've been away, but saw this post on my phone and pinned it instantly! I can't read blogs that well on my old phone - always runs out of memory - but I figured if you blogged it, I'd try it! And now that I've had a chance to read your post, am so dying to try this recipe! I looove pecan pie, and have never made one! Maybe this will be dessert forour Thanksgiving coming up!

  36. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Oh so decadent, so favourite pie!! I've only made it once (we aren't dessert eaters much) and I added bourbon as the recipe called for it. And it was so yummy. I'm pinning this recipe though, should really give it another go! Debbie :)

  37. Image for JuneA** JuneA**

    YUM! I'll have to give that a try this week. Wouldn't that impress my family for Turkey Day?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? And, of course, I would have to practice!

  38. Image for Carol Carol

    This is same recipe hubby's gma made. Iv added my own touch. Give the pecans a rough chop. It isn't quite as pretty whole, but it slices beautifully as you aren't cutting through or around whole nuts.

  39. Image for Stephanie Hazel Stephanie Hazel

    Is it possible to create a link that will provide a printer-friendly option so I can add this to my hardcopy recipe book? Thx!!

  40. Image for Tammie Tammie

    I just made this pie. Your looks beautiful, however, mine lloks nothing like yours. I can even see the pecans. The top is completely browned but no sign of nuts. The filling frothed up when baked!?? I followed your recipe as written. any ideas whay went wrong?

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