The best caramel pecan pie recipe is quick and easy, with a few easy shortcuts. This is a rich, gooey, seasonal pie with an unbelievable texture is best served warm, straight from the oven.

With a few tips and variations along the way, it will bring sweet joy to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert table!

Surprisingly, I have never really cared for pie…I regret that I didn’t learn to appreciate it until after my Grandma Wilson passed away. She lived by the philosophy that you should have at least five pies in your freezer at any given time.

You never know when you’ll have a last-minute dinner invitation or guests stopping by. This caramel pecan pie actually opened my mind to pies and I can’t resist them now! Fortunately, my Grandma shared her recipes so that I can recreate her confections.

Caramel Pecan Pie

I have been looking forward to this pie for the last couple of weeks. Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s finally time to enjoy!  Let’s just hope I can resist it for the next 24 hours or I’ll be baking another one!

I’m always looking for an excuse to make it and have even served it in bite sized caramel pecan pie form, too. One bite and you’ll know why!

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • This pie is sweet, of course – but not too sweet. It’s perfectly balanced!
  • Perfect for holidays and special events.
  • With a few shortcuts (store bought pie crusts and packaged caramels) this pie comes together surprisingly quickly.
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Shopping List

  • Pie Crust
  • Baking Caramels
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Whole Milk
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Pecans
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Filling Variations

Although the caramel filling in this pecan pie is absolutely to die for as-is, you can mix it up with these additions.

  • Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie – Add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to the filling when you add the pecans.
  • Salted Caramel Pecan Pie – Use freshly cracked sea salt (which gives you larger granules) and increase it to 1/2 teaspoon. Salty and sweet at its finest!
  • Praline Pecan Pie – Add 1/4 cup praline spread when you add the milk and caramels.
  • Cinnamon Pecan Pie – Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon when you add the milk and caramels.
  • Pecan Walnut Pie – Replace 1/2 cup of the chopped pecans with chopped walnuts.
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Pie Crust Variations

Want to go the extra mile and make your own crust instead of our store bought shortcut? Try one of these options!

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Pretzel Pie Crust

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Graham Cracker Crust

15 mins

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Tips

The best way to judge when this caramel pecan pie is done, is with the jiggle test. Give it a gentle shake. When the homemade pecan pie is firm around the edges, but still slightly jiggly in the center, you know it’s done!

Tenting the crust with foil helps to prevent the crust edges from over-browning.

A delicious piece of caramel pecan pie on a fork.

Serving Suggestions

This caramel pecan pie recipe is best served warm – trust me. Top it with one of these delicious whipped creams!

dessert toppings

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Mascarpone Cream

5 mins

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Eggnog Whipped Cream

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Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

5 mins

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A delectable slice of caramel pecan pie on a plate.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This pie can sit out at room temperature safely for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerator – The pie will keep in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap, for 3-4 days.
  • Freezer – Our caramel pecan pie freezes well for up to three months. Store tightly wrapped in a freezer-safe container or layers of plastic wrap. Thaw your frozen pie in the fridge overnight to enjoy.

How to Reheat

Simply remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving, cover with foil, and re-warm in 325 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Your friends and family will thank you!

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  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Add pie crust to 9″ pie dish.

    1 pie crust

  • In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add milk and caramels. Cook, stirring frequently until smooth.

    ¼ cup unsalted butter, ¼ cup milk, 30 baking caramels

  • In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt.

    ¾ cup light brown sugar, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1⅓ cup chopped pecans

  • Gradually add the caramel mixture.

  • Stir in pecans and pour into pie crust.

  • Bake 30 minutes, tent crust with foil and bake an additional 5. Serve warm.

  • Tenting the crust with foil helps to prevent the crust edges from over-browning.
  • The best way to judge when this caramel pecan pie is done, is with the jiggle test. Give it a gentle shake. When the homemade pecan pie is firm around the edges, but still slightly jiggly in the center, you know it’s done!

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

How To Make

  1. Preheat the oven as directed.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add milk and caramels. Cook, stirring frequently, until smooth. Cool slightly. Caramel cubes being poured into a pan with milk for a delicious caramel pecan pie recipe.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Gradually add the caramel mixture, being careful not to scramble the eggs. A bowl full of ingredients for a caramel pecan pie recipe. Caramel sauce being poured into a glass bowl for a caramel pecan pie recipe. A caramel pecan pie recipe displayed with a bowl of ingredients and a spoon.
  4. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie crust. A bowl filled with caramel pecan pie recipe nuts and a wooden spoon. A bowl full of caramel pecans with a wooden spoon. A caramel pecan pie on a white background.
  5. Bake – During the final five minutes, tent crust with foil as indicated. Serve warm. Caramel pecan pie in a white dish on a white background.

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