Perfect Pecan Pie Recipes

It's just not the holidays without some pecan pie on the table. These nutty pies and tarts offer clever and lighter twists on this classic dessert.

Honey-Pecan Tart with Bittersweet Chocolate Drizzle

Photo: Charles Masters

Easy as Pie

Very little says "holiday dessert" like pecan pie. In this collection you'll find all sorts of light, unique pecan pies and tarts that will have your family begging for the recipe.

First up: our pretty Honey-Pecan Tart with Bittersweet Chocolate Drizzle.

Honey's sweet-tangy touch is countered by bittersweet chocolate in this twist on traditional pecan pie. If you'd like a more casual pie, you can make this in a 9-inch pie plate; you'll probably need to bake the filling an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

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Classic Pecan Pie

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Classic Pecan Pie

If you're looking for an easy pecan pie recipe, this is it. To pack lots of pecans in the filling, we kept fat to a minimum in the simple-to-make piecrust, resulting in a biscuitlike texture.

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Maple-Bourbon Pecan Pie

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Maple-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Maple syrup and bourbon infuse the pie with distinctive sweetness. For a decadent treat, top warm pie with low-fat vanilla ice cream.

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Pecan Pie with Spiked Cream

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Pecan Pie with Spiked Cream

Brown rice syrup is a sweetener with a soft, delicate flavor. It is sold in jars in the baking section of large supermarkets or health-food stores. You can substitute dark corn syrup in its place. You can make and freeze the unbaked crust up to a week ahead; bake the pie up to a day in advance, and refrigerate. Remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before you plan to serve it.

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Oatmeal Pecan Pie

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Oatmeal Pecan Pie

Rolled oats add heartiness to the filling of this classic dessert. Make the pie up to a day ahead, but store it in the refrigerator if you do.

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Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

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Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

Make the tart a day ahead, and store it in the refrigerator. You can use a 9-inch pie plate instead: simply roll the dough to a 13-inch circle, fold the edges under, and flute.

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Pecan and Date Pie

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Pecan and Date Pie

The unexpected addition of dates to this classic pie gives the filling more body and a smooth sweetness. Don't use packaged chopped dates, which are rolled in sugar. Instead, use moist and sticky whole dates. Coat your knife with cooking spray for easy chopping

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Pecan Tassies in Cream Cheese Pastry

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Pecan Tassies in Cream Cheese Pastry

If slicing and serving the pecan pie is more than you want to handle during the busy holidays, these pecan tassies provide the same great pie taste in single-serving bites.

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Oat-Crusted Pecan Pie with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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Oat-Crusted Pecan Pie with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

The pie and sauce can each be made up to two days ahead. Cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil for the last eight minutes of baking if it begins to brown too much.

View Recipe: Oat-Crusted Pecan Pie with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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