Pecan Pie with a Southern Twist: Boozy Bourbon Goodness!


Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this Southern classic—Bourbon Pecan Pie! This easy recipe combines the nutty richness of pecans with the warmth of bourbon, creating a gooey filling and crisp topping that will leave you craving more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Perfectly balanced flavors: The bourbon adds depth and complexity to the classic pecan pie, preventing it from being overly sweet.
  • Easy to make: No need for complicated techniques or special equipment. Just mix, pour, and bake!
  • Crowd-pleasing dessert: This pie is sure to be a hit at any gathering, whether it’s a family dinner or a holiday party.


  • Pecan Halves: For a beautiful presentation and a satisfying crunch.
  • Pie Crust: Use store-bought or make your own for a homemade touch.
  • Unsalted Butter: Melted and cooled to prevent curdling the eggs.
  • Eggs: Room temperature eggs ensure a smooth and even mixture.
  • Pure Maple Syrup: Adds a rich, natural sweetness.

  • Light Brown Sugar: Provides a caramelized flavor without overpowering the bourbon.
  • Bourbon: Use a variety you enjoy drinking for the best flavor.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the bourbon’s flavor.
  • Kosher Salt: Balances the sweetness of the pie.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Thickens the filling.

  • Flaky Salt: Sprinkled on top for a touch of salinity.
  • Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream: Optional, but highly recommended for an extra indulgent treat.


  1. Prepare the Crust: Roll out the dough, transfer it to a pie plate, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Toast the Pecans: Spread the pecan halves on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until fragrant.
  3. Bake the Crust: Par-bake the crust in the oven until lightly golden.
  4. Make the Filling: Whisk together the melted butter, eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, salt, and flour until smooth. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  5. Assemble the Pie: Pour the filling into the crust and arrange the reserved pecan halves on top. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
  6. Bake the Pie: Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set, about 35-45 minutes.
  7. Cool and Serve: Let the pie cool completely before serving with whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe Variations:

  • Swap Nuts: Use walnuts or a combination of nuts for a different flavor profile.
  • Add Cinnamon: A pinch of ground cinnamon adds a cozy warmth to the pie.
  • Brown the Butter: For extra depth and nutty flavor, brown the butter before adding it to the filling.

Storage Tips:

  • To Store: Cover the pie and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: Serve chilled or let it come to room temperature before serving.
  • To Freeze: Wrap the pie tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Meal Pairing Ideas:

  • Southern Dinner Staples: Pair the pie with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and drop biscuits for a complete Southern meal.

  • More Pies: Serve alongside other favorites like apple pie, brownie pie, or crustless pumpkin pie.
  • Crowd-Pleasing Desserts: Consider serving Greek yogurt cheesecake, cookie cake, or gluten-free apple crisp for a party.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use room temperature eggs for a smoother filling.
  • Keep a close eye on the pecans while toasting to prevent burning.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pie.
  • If the crust starts browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil.

Related Recipes:

  • Bourbon Glazed Salmon

  • Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken
  • Bourbon Chicken Stir Fry


This Bourbon Pecan Pie is a true Southern delight that combines the best of both worlds—a classic dessert with a boozy twist. With its gooey filling, crisp topping, and irresistible flavor, it’s sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in this delectable treat!


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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