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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie

The Karo Syrup pecan pie recipe is the classic pecan pie recipe.  Why settle for anything else?

Whole Karo syrup pecan pie on a wood table

Karo Syrup Pecan Pie

It may be the best pecan pie recipe in the world.  It’s definitely the easiest pecan pie recipe.  The only question it needs to answer once and for all is what color corn syrup you should use.  But I digress; we’ll get to that in a minute.

I think a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of making a pecan pie from scratch.  And by “from scratch,” I mean even with using a frozen pie crust rather than making your own.  People can’t wrap their heads around how all those pecans end up in a perfect layer without some kind of magic happening.  Luckily, the magic is pure slight of hand—it’s only the illusion of hard work and skill.

A pecan pie is just a stir and a pour away.  Truly.  You put corn syrup, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter in a bowl, stir it up, add pecans and stir again, then pour the whole thing in a pie crust.  Then bake it.  How do you know when a pecan pie is set?  A pecan pie is set when the temperature in the middle of the pie reaches 200°F.  Then, take it out and let it cool for 2 hours to fully solidify.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Variation

To make a chocolate pecan pie, stir 2 ounces semi-sweet OR bittersweet chocolate, melted, into the pie filling mixture before you stir in the pecans.

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Bonus Question: Which Color Corn Syrup?

Should you use light or dark corn syrup for pecan pie?  Choose dark corn syrup for a deeper, more caramelized flavor, light syrup for a cleaner, lighter flavor. 

Closeup of pecan pie and crust
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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie

The Karo Syrup Pecan Pie recipe is the classic pecan pie recipe. Get the original authentic recipe that works every single time!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword dessert, easy, pecans, pie, southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 494 kcal
Author Katie Moseman

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup Karo corn syrup light or dark, see note
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans
  • 1 unbaked deep dish 9-inch pie crust see note

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the pie crust on a baking sheet for easy handling and cleanup.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add the pecans and stir.

  3. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Place the baking sheet with the filled pie crust into the preheated oven. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the center of the pie reaches 200°F as measured with an instant read thermometer.

  4. Remove from the oven and cool for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Choose dark corn syrup for a deeper, more caramelized flavor, light syrup for a cleaner, lighter flavor.

If you have a regular pie crust but not a deep dish pie crust, leave out a little pie filling so that the pie doesn't bubble up and overflow when cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Karo Syrup Pecan Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 494 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 177mg8%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 59g66%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 187IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Recipe Rating




Nonnie

Thursday 4th of August 2022

My mom passed away when I was younger and she would make this pie a few times a year. I never knew how she made it and I would have a piece here and there over the years, some were wonderful and some were not what I grew up with. I finally asked a friend of mine how it was made. I am sure my mom made pie with Karo syrup as it tastes a lot like I remember. I and my family enjoy this pie whenever I make it. Thanks for the memories of my mom.

Verna

Monday 13th of June 2022

Or if you are allergic to nuts, but love the pie flavor, instead of putting in pie shell,put in pot on top of stove and cook till thick and warm sticky ,cool and pour over rice crispys to make great treats.

Charlotte Lewis

Saturday 5th of February 2022

I always use 3/4 C light syrup and 1/4C maple syrup I use 4 eggs instead of 3 And 2 C pecans that I roast first, over low heat in a cast iron (or any) skillet. Sometimes I also add just a pinch of grated orange peel.

Lea Y

Friday 26th of November 2021

I make this pie recipe every year it is so easy and so yummy

Kim Bobb

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I use this recipe every time and it's always delicious & easy.