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Deep-Dish Pecan Pie

If you love pecan pie, you won't want to miss this Deep-Dish Pecan Pie with lots of extra gooey filling.

Long before I’d even considered starting this blog, I used to make this pie for the holidays when I wanted a break from traditional pecan pie.

While at its heart, this is more traditional than not, this pie has a couple of interesting things going for it. First of all, it has a buttery, cream cheese-y crust. Secondly, for those of you who love that gooey filling of pecan pies, there’s more of it than usual in this beauty.

Deep Dish Pecan Pie is tall, beautiful, and delicious. It has more than the usual amount of gooey pecan pie pie filling inside a cream cheese crust. - Bake or Break

Despite its somewhat daunting appearance, this is actually a simple pie to make. The only potentially tricky part is the crust. It can be a bit difficult to transfer the dough into the pan. Also, be sure not to skip the step of wrapping the pan in foil. It will help prevent a big mess.

This beauty is an impressive addition to your holiday dessert offerings. Small slices work well and will make it go further than a regular 9-inch pie. And, I’m guessing you’ll be asked to make this one again and again.

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Deep-Dish Pecan Pie

Yield 1 9-inch pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Deep Dish Pecan Pie is tall, beautiful, and delicious. It has more than the usual amount of gooey pecan pie pie filling inside a cream cheese crust.

If you love pecan pie, you won't want to miss this Deep-Dish Pecan Pie with lots of extra gooey filling.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces (2 cups) light corn syrup
  • 1 & 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 & 1/2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan in aluminum foil.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and sugar, and beat well.
  3. Shape the dough into a flat disc. Cover and chill 15 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough into a 13" circle. Carefully transfer the dough to the prepared pan. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of pan. Cover and chill.

To make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Whisk together the corn syrup, brown sugar, and melted butter. Add the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and salt, and stir well. Stir in the pecans. Pour the filling into the crust.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Bake 2 hours & 15 minutes or until set. If necessary, shield the pie with foil to prevent excess browning.
  4. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill. Remove the sides of the springform pan before serving.

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    63 Comments on “Deep-Dish Pecan Pie”

  1. This looks incredible. For reasons completely unknown to me, my mother talked me out of making a pecan pie for Thanksgiving and I’ve been thinking about one ever since!

  2. Hi,
    My sister loves pecan pie. She prefers versions with a much higher ratio of nuts to gooey filling. I don’t see a slice of this so I am wondering where this pie falls out as far as nuts to filling?

    Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!

    Cheers,
    Anne

  3. Hi, Anne. There’s just a single layer of pecans at the top, and the rest is all filling until you hit crust!

  4. Eating a slice of this pie would be worth every calorie 🙂

  5. Thanks Jennifer!
    I imagine I could try tinkering but come to think of it, to please my sister with a pecan pie of this magnitude I would need to rob a bank to pay for all the pecans she demands!
    Congrats on your e-book!

    Cheers,
    Anne

  6. You really meant deep dish when you said it! I love it!

  7. My dad loves you now because he’s been looking for a deep dish pie plate. Now we know a springform pan will work (which I have 3 of them!).

  8. This looks amazing. I think I have to start making pies more often.

  9. I am dying over this pie. It’s amazing!

  10. I have a question….why do you put the foil on the outside of the pan instead of the inside?

    • Hi, Page. Putting the foil on the inside of a springform pan doesn’t work that well. Believe me, I’ve tried. Wrapping the outside prevents spills while still leaving a beautiful crust that is revealed when the sides of the pan are removed. It also leaves your pie on the base ready to serve, instead of sitting on foil.

  11. Oh my! This pie looks delicious!
    Pecan Pie is one of my all time favorites! =)

  12. Question: can this pie be made ahead and frozen for a later date? Thank you

  13. I made this deep dish pecan pie last week to make sure it would work for Thanksgiving. I sent it to my husbands work and it was a huge hit!!! I did have difficulty with the crust. When I folded it in half and tried to put it in the pan it just stretched out of shape, so I took it out patted it into a circle again then put it back in the fridge. After it chilled I rolled it out in a circle, cut it into 4 pieces and put each piece in the pan and just pressed the seams together, worked perfect.
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  14. Made a deep dish pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Was really looking for-
    ward to the gooey center. I don’t know what happened but it’s like
    all the filling and the crust mixed in together and was more cake-like.
    What happened. Very disappointing.

  15. Made this for Thanksgiving 2014. It was delicious and very impressive. Only one thing – the bottom crust somehow rose slightly above some of the filling so I had pecans, filling, bottom crust, filling. I think next time I make it, I will either freeze or refrigerate the crust prior to adding the filling or pre-bake the crust for just about 10 minutes. Anyone else have this problem?

    • I had the same problem with the crust rising and mixing into the filling when I made this pie last year. I’m going to make it again this year, and I will try your suggestion of freezing the pie crust just before adding the filling. Good idea. The pie was still AMAZING, and it was a huge hit!

  16. I want to make this and have made a number of cheese cakes in the past. Is it okay with this recipe if I turn the oven off, crack the door of the oven, and let it sit in there for another hour? Or given the top layer of this pie it’ll be fine and not crack?

    Thank you

  17. Hi Jennifer
    Thinking making this for Thanksgiving. Do you think I can add melted chocolate? If so, how much?
    Thank you.

    • Hi, Suzanne. I’ve not tried that, but I think I’d recommend chocolate chips versus melted chocolate. Those wouldn’t affect the consistency of the filling as much. Maybe a cup of chocolate chips?

  18. Hi Jennifer, I see you are using the same recipe that was published in Southern Living Magazine many years ago. I’ve made this pie over and over and it’s always is a hit. I think it would be nice if you gave credit to the creator of this delicious pie.

  19. Hi Jennifer, I’m a non baking man that has a few questions. 1. What’s a prepared pan? 2. After I press the dough into the pan, how long should I chill it? 3. A couple people commented on the bottom dough rising and mixing with filling. What might have caused this? I only have one shot at this, so I want to get it right. Thanks.

    • Hi, Tony. “Prepared pan” refers to how you prepped the pan in the first step of the crust instructions. I’d chill the dough at least half an hour. An hour or even two would be better. You could also freeze it for 15 or 20 minutes. I think that’s likely the problem with the crust rising into the filling.

  20. Hi Jennifer! I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. I took the advice I saw in some earlier posts about freezing the crust until hard (about 20 minutes in a deep freezer) before assembling and baking, yet I still wound up with a portion of the bottom crust lifting up. I’m making it again for Christmas and I think I’m going to briefly blind bake the crust first. Otherwise an AWESOME recipe. Thanks! 

  21. I would really like to make this for Thanksgiving. Other than bread, I am not much of a baker.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pie crust recipe that did not call for ice water. I’ve read that water and fat help to create a flaky crust. This crust seems to be particularly strong, but does it’s strength and the absence of water make it more leathery?

    • Hi! I’ve made this pie many times exactly as it’s written, and I’ve never had any issues with the texture of the crust. It’s a bit sturdier to hold up to all of that pie, but it still has a nice texture.

  22. Have you thought about making a Youtube video of you making the pie so everyone can see your technique?

  23. Are you supposed to dock the pie crust before baking? I’m wondering if that’s why the crust rose into the filling.

    • You can if you like. When I blind bake crusts, I usually line the crust with parchment paper and use pie weights. Of course, I’ve not tried blind baking this particular crust, so I can’t say for certain what would be the best way in this case. 

  24. Anyone tried doing egg white wash for the crust and then refrigerate?   This might prevent it from rising 

  25. Can you make this ahead of time and freeze and reheat? If so what would be the method?

  26. I’ve made this pie a few times.  The first time it was perfect.  The last two times, the center did not congeal! I have one in the oven right now.  I followed the instructions to a T.  The center still seems jiggly.  I’m leaving it in the oven for another while with a piece of foil resting on top of it.  Any ideas why the center has given me troubles?  I am an experienced baker, and this just makes me crazy.  I,not giving up!  We love this pie.

  27. I added two cups of cranberries and 1 1/2 pecans the tart cranberries cuts the sweet a little. Awesome. 

  28. Hi Jennifer – my crust was GREAT, however, the center of the pie did not set and was very runny – any suggestions? BTW Loved the crust! Just need to figure out why the center did not set – should I refrigerate the pie after it has cooled? Thanks for your help 🙂

  29. Should I toast the pecans first?

  30. Question on this older recipe: I have a Pampered Chef deep dish pie pan. Would this work instead of using a springform pan?

  31. I am so glad you have this recipe posted. I used to may the SL recipe for Thanksgiving, but when we moved I could not find it. My daughter requested it for Thanksgiving this year and I am so happy to find it on your site!! Can’t wait to make it again! I went back through all my SL annual recipe books and still cannot find it!

  32. Can you make this more than the day of Thanksgiving? If you make it the day before should it be cooked and then refrigerated and reheated? Any suggestions appreciated!

  33. After making this for about… at least 5 years now, I have two tips for the steps in the process that tend to trip me up:

    1) after you get the crust into the springform pan, chill it. If you think it’s been chilling long enough, chill it longer. Today I had to run an errand between chilling the dough in the pan and making and pouring the filling, about two hours all told.

    2) When the top of the pie has domed, and maybe also cracked a bit, I’ve found that’s a good indication that the center is set. For me, today, that took about an extra 45 minutes at 300 degrees (for a total of 3 hours) then I turned off the oven and left it sitting in the radiant heat. The center of the pie had domed almost 2 inches above the edge of the pan, and after about an hour in the radiant heat it has relaxed to level.

    I will chill it overnight in the pan, and we won’t eat it until tomorrow, so I can’t say for certain that I’ve had success this time around, but if I didn’t then I will be sure to report back.

    One last tip: I use room temperature eggs, which I’ve seen recommended for other baking recipes I’ve tried. Also, if you have a stand mixer I highly recommend using that instead of a hand mixer (I didn’t feel like pulling out my stand mixer and regretted it – ended up pulling it out after much frustration with my hand mixer).

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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