Monday, December 14, 2009

Mama’s Pecan Pies

Pecan Pies

This is my grandmother’s recipe. It’s perfect. It’s special. And it makes three pecan pies. It will also make three recipients very happy. That’s why she made them every year at Christmas. To share them. But she wouldn’t just make three, she would make many. She was known to make as many as thirty in one day. My uncle now makes her pies. He makes them for the same reason. To share. To spend time with friends and family. To remember her with his brother and sister. To carry on his mama’s memory. And for the past several years, we’ve made them together.

You know, when my grandmother, my granny as I called her, was here with us, I don’t think I ever tasted one of her pies. Not once on all of the Christmases we spent together. I wouldn’t eat anything with nuts back then. It had to be chocolate. I was way too picky. And now, her pie is one of my favorites. How I wish I could go back and have a piece with her and talk to her… find out more about her life… from her. I know now that she was much more than a grandmother. Than a title. Than a job description.

Before she was ever my grandmother, she was a person with a life full of feelings and experiences to share. I wish I had asked her about them. I miss her.


I’d also ask her about this top. Wow… Granny!

Alrighty then… let the sharing begin. Mama’s pecan pies as demonstrated by my uncle.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.


To get started, cut up two sticks of margarine and melt in the microwave. Set aside to cool.


You’ll need a pound of pecans. Good pecans. My uncle likes these from Stone Mountain Pecan Company. Sort through them and make sure you don’t have any doohickies in the pecans.


And by doohickies, I mean the dark pieces that can get stuck in the crevice of the pecan. You will want to remove them because they can give off a bitter taste.


In a large bowl, add a pound of light brown sugar and work out any lumps.

Add a heaping tablespoon of self-rising flour to the sugar and stir until the flour disappears.

Add a 16 oz. bottle of light corn syrup.


Then, add a tablespoon of imitation vanilla.

pie mixture

Stir that all together until blended and smooth.

Melted Butter

Add the melted margarine. By now it’s had time to cool. Fold it in very slowly or it will splatter. Keep folding until it is completely incorporated into the mixture.


Crack open six eggs. But see those white things attached to the yolks. Yeah, those squiggly things. My granny called them roosters.


Remove all the roosters. If you don’t, they will make shiny spots on the surface of the pie. When the roosters are removed, give a quick stir to the eggs and pour them in the pie mixture.


Then, fold the eggs into the mixture until thoroughly combined and the egg disappears. Finally add all of the pecans and stir to make sure they all get coated.

Pie crusts

Now, right before baking, remove three frozen pie crusts from the freezer. Very important… use regular size, not deep-dish.


Yes, frozen. They’ll be great. Especially when you are making dozens of pies. Make sure you don’t have any cracks in the shells or else the mixture will seep under the pie crust and you don’t want that to happen. But, if they do have cracks, let them thaw and knead the dough together and refreeze until ready to use.


Pour the mixture into the pie crusts. Focus on getting the liquid amount right first.

Pecan pies

Then, try to make sure you have the same amount of pecans in each pie. See the bowl, you’ll probably have just a little bit of mixture left over. That’s ok. Gently test the the surface of the pies with your spoon and you’ll be able to tell if one has more than the other. If it does, transfer some of the pecans from one pie to the other.

Into the oven

CAREFULLY place the pies in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.


They’ll puff up a little towards the end right before they are finished baking. You can also leave them in a little longer for a darker color if you like. Watch them though. It won’t take long.

Pecan Pies

Then remove and let cool on a wire rack for a few hours to set up. Oh my.

Hot pecan pie

Or if you just can’t wait for them to cool and set up, enjoy a warm pie right out of the oven. Hey, you do have three.

You can also refrigerate them. Yes, I love my pecan pie cold. I like to cut a piece and hold it like a brownie… no forks. Yum!

Or … instead of three pies… you can make 33 little pies.

Mini Pies

Miniature Pies. Seriously, how could I resist.

Chopped pecans

Follow all the same instructions above, except chop your pecans up first.

Mini Pecan Pies

And use miniature pie shells with aluminum bottoms. These come eight to a box. Place them on a large baking sheet and fill the shells just to the top with your pecan pie mixture.


And bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. Actually, don’t bake them like this. We were in a hurry towards the end of the night and decided to bake them all at one time against our better judgment. They’ll do better and bake more evenly if you work in batches. Only unwrap about 12 crusts at at time from the freezer and bake for about 35 minutes. I’m guessing on the time here since we didn’t do it this way, so watch them and make sure they are done.

Mini Pies

Oh yeah!

Mini Pies

When they are cool, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and put a tiny tiny bow on top. That’s how my granny did it with her pies.

Simple and sweet.

Now, here’s the recipe, listed with the brands she liked to use if you want to make it exactly.

Mama’s Pecan Pies
Makes 3 pies or about 33 mini pies

16 oz. pecans (Stone Mountain Pecan Company)
2 sticks margarine (Parkay)
16 oz. package light brown sugar (Domino or Dixie Crystals)
1 heaping tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) self-rising flour (White Lily)
16 oz. bottle light corn syrup (Karo)
1 tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) imitation vanilla
6 eggs
3 regular size (not deep dish) frozen pie crusts (Pet-Ritz)

  • Melt margarine in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted and set aside.
  • Prepare your pecans. Remove any unwanted brown pieces from the pecan crevices and shake out pecan crumbs in a colander.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl. Work out any lumps with the back of a spoon. If the brown sugar is too hard, you can loosen it up in the microwave. Heat it for a few seconds and it will be fine.
  • Add a heaping serving tablespoon of self-rising flour and stir until the flour disappears into the brown sugar.
  • Add a bottle of light corn syrup. Then add 1 serving tablespoon of vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted margarine. Fold carefully into the mixture so it doesn’t splatter. Fold until the margarine is thoroughly worked in and disappears.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open six eggs. Remove the “roosters” and loosely beat the eggs with your spoon.
  • Fold the eggs into the pie mixture until they disappear.
  • Add pecans and stir until completely coated.
  • Remove three pie shells from the freezer at this point and check for cracks. If you do have a crack, thaw and knead the crack together and refreeze.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the three shells. You’ll probably have a little bit leftover in the bowl. Tap tops with a spoon to check consistency and make sure there is the same amount in each pie. Redistribute pecans if necessary to make equal.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Cook pies until they swell and then fall. At that point they are done.
  • Remove and cool for about three hours. Store on the counter or in the refrigerator depending on how you like your pie.

For mini pies: chop pecans, use mini frozen pie shells, removing them from the freezer as needed and bake in three batches on a baking sheet for about 35 minutes each. I’m guesstimating the time. Watch them and make sure they are done.


jill said...

never sacrifice chocolate sister. line the bottom of your pie crusts with semi-sweet chips!
also, in the south we throw in some bourbon too.
just a tip form me to you.

December 15, 2009 01:59 PM
Kelly said...

I’ve always just made the recipe on the back of the Karo bottle – can’t wait to try this one instead. (I always add about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, usually dark since its my favorite, to my pecan pies – wonder if it’ll work as well in this recipe but I don’t see why not…)

Yum, thank you for sharing.

December 15, 2009 01:59 PM
Dara said...

oh, how i love pecan pie! i will have to make them this holiday season!

December 15, 2009 02:13 PM
Amy J in SC said...

Perfect for any holiday table AND sooooo cute!

December 15, 2009 02:18 PM
Lisa said...

Bakerella–Love you, love this site–wondered if you can use real butter? I never have margarine on hand, but I’ve always wanted to try pecan pie because my dad grows pecans and they are very plentiful. I’m about to receive a new crop from this year and I need to use up the ones in my freezer!

December 15, 2009 02:24 PM
Emily said...

I just love reading your recipes and fun takes on life and baking each week! This recipe looks absolutely wonderful and I am going to try it. This week, in fact. :) Thanks!

December 15, 2009 03:04 PM
Natasha P. said...

I am so glad you took out the Roosters! That’s what I call them to – from my parents – and I always take them out! Most people think I’m crazy when I talk about taking out the Roosters!

December 15, 2009 03:58 PM
Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

OMG! Thank you so much for your recipe! My husband LOVES Pecan Pie and I haven’t been able to make one that he likes yet. I have a feeling that this recipe will get me a new pair of diamond something or other!!!!!

December 15, 2009 04:17 PM
Carolina Garofani said...

These look absolutely DELICIOUS and I’ll see about making some mini ones to share with my friends next week.

Now, if I can’t find self-raising flour (I live in Brazil, nooo way), how much baking powder/baking soda should I use?

December 15, 2009 05:33 PM
Aunt Rhody said...

Do you say puh `kon, or `pee kan? Either way, I’ll bet they taste “scrumptious’, which is a Sesame Street “word on the street”. And your grandmother was a beauty!

December 15, 2009 06:00 PM
mich said...

does using margarine vs. real butter make a big difference?

December 15, 2009 06:07 PM
the southern hostess said...

These look perfect. Nothing better than pecan pie!

December 15, 2009 06:25 PM
Amanda said...

Yum!! I love me some Pecan Pie!! I’m from SC, and we take that pie very seriously down here. LOL

December 15, 2009 06:41 PM
doreenre said...

I wish I liked pie!! Those look great!

December 15, 2009 06:42 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

Your granny was a dish! I love hairstyles from the 1940s. Reminds me of my Great Aunt Margaret who always makes her famous carrot cakes to give away at the holidays.

December 15, 2009 06:48 PM
Wendy said...

This is such a nice tribute to your grandma. Thank you to you and your uncle for sharing this recipe! Merry Christmas!

December 15, 2009 07:12 PM
April W said...

i just found this website and I LOVE IT.
the inspiration to bake has hit full force, and i would love to try these cute little pies!
thank you for sharing.

December 15, 2009 07:17 PM
Natalie said...

Your Granny looks just like you! =)

December 15, 2009 07:19 PM
Sheila (TCW) said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! The pies are beautiful and the tarts are adorable. I might try to make them for Christmas.

Your grandmother was cute and you look a lot like her!

December 15, 2009 07:24 PM
Nina Tarner said...

Wow! I am impressed. I blogged about making some pecan pies awhile back on my blog and mine are no where as detailed as yours. I bet yours are delicious!!!

December 15, 2009 08:27 PM
Magdalena Vargas said...

They all look so YUMMY !!!!!! : )

December 15, 2009 08:43 PM
Donna said...

Where do you find the little pie crusts? I’ve never seen those in any store!

December 15, 2009 09:22 PM
MarianaB said...

mmmhhh!!! what a great recipe! i can´t wait to try it!
i´ll see if i can find something like light corn syrup here in argentina i think i can find the regular one kero. (not light, does it make a big diference?), and allso don´t have frozen pie crusts here but t can make my own.

love you bakerella! your posts make me so happy!

December 15, 2009 09:22 PM
Tammy said...

Wow, your Granny was beautiful!!!! I love things from Grandmothers. We have lots of traditions from my Grandma that we still do. It makes me feel like she’s still with us, at least for one day.

December 15, 2009 09:59 PM
Erin said...

I have been lurking your blog forever now and I have to say you were a huge inspiration for me to finally start my own blog! I am so in love your posts and I can’t wait to try out this pie recipe. Another pie staple in my family growing up was Sugar Cream Pie. See my blog below for the recipe and a pic.

December 16, 2009 12:38 AM
Jen T. said...

Your granny was beautiful! Such a babe!

And I love the Corningware bowl with the blue flowers on it that you and your uncle used to melt the margarine. I inherited a couple of small ones with the same pattern after my great-grandmother died last year, and they’re some of my favorite little things in my kitchen.

December 16, 2009 01:01 AM
Pam said...

I miss my Gramma too. And boy oh boy, some of my best recipes are from her. Those Pecan PIes look amazing…love the teeny ones! What great gifts! A mini pie, a couple of tea bags and it’s an afternoon break in the making. Awesome post!

December 16, 2009 03:04 AM
Mel' said...

Those pies look so yummy !!!

December 16, 2009 07:30 AM
Marie said...

OMG, wonderful !
In France, Pecans are very expansives…

December 16, 2009 07:52 AM
Laura said...

Those pies look delicious. You have your grandmother’s smile!

December 16, 2009 08:17 AM
Lynnsey said...

Ok so am I the only one that can’t see any of the pictures anymore?!?!?! All is see is a red X!! I want to cry…I want to make these pecan pies but how can I with no pictures!!! O the horror!!!! Help?

December 16, 2009 08:48 AM
Heidi Malott said...

I love B/W photos! Your Grandmother is beautiful!

I too, have wished I had asked more questions of family members.

Yummy post!

December 16, 2009 08:50 AM
Suzanne Lowell said...

I must admit bakerella, I thought in our world margarine was a sacrilege! but i love how you’ve faithfully stuck to your grandmother’s recipe — margarine, imitation vanilla, store bought crust and all! i can’t stop thinking about roosters in my eggs! family traditions and recipes is what christmas is all about. thanks bakerella!

December 16, 2009 09:49 AM
Cassy said...

Your grandmother was quite the fashionista! Now we can see where some of your adorable comes from =D Thanks for sharing her recipe! I don’t actually eat nuts, but am still tempted to make these (if only I knew enough people to make 30 mini-pies for)

December 16, 2009 10:06 AM
Jennifer Powers said...

I loved the post — I lost my adored grandmother this year and that him me especially hard this year when Thanksgiving went by without her amazing cornbread dressing recipe. My husband still laments that he wasn’t able to get his Granny’s pecan pie recipe before she passed away a few years ago. We’re hosting Christmas at our house for the first time ever this year & will be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

December 16, 2009 11:06 AM
Anne Putnam said...

oh my god, those minis are TOO cute! as for frozen crusts, my family has a to-die-for pumpkin pie recipe and we hold to the belief that it’s the filling that really counts. we use frozen crusts every thanksgiving and i’ve yet to hear one complaint. or anything, really, besides the sound of faces being stuffed and groans of delight.

December 16, 2009 11:29 AM
Sam said...

I usually add about a cup of chocolate chips to each pie. Chocolate Pecan for those of us who need an extra sugar rush around the season.

December 16, 2009 12:16 PM
Chloe said...

thanks for sharing. my grandma just passed away in august so this post really touched me. reading all your granny’s favorite brands to use made me smile. my grandma’s specialty was lemon meringue pie, and i’m really glad that i learned how to make it before she died. i’ll have to try your granny’s special pie too!

December 16, 2009 01:01 PM
Jenn @ Rook No. 17 said...

Mmmm…I love pecan pie! It was especially wonderful to see that lovely picture of your grandmother. I’ve never seen those little pie crusts in our local grocery, but I’m going to have to give a second look. I normally bake everything from scratch, but those crusts would certainly make a baking-gift project go a little quicker. Plus, with your incredible recipes, who could go wrong?

December 16, 2009 01:14 PM
Jessica White said...

I LOVE the mini pie idea for gifts – what a great coworker gift! I’m baking this weekend and will be doing this! Thank you!

December 16, 2009 01:46 PM
Shir said...

Hi bakerella! I really really love your blog!
You’re very creative and have awsome ideas!
I was kinda disapointed to see that I couldn’t see any of the pictures in your last post…
would you mind try and reuploud at list the picture of the final pies?
Thanks a lot!

December 16, 2009 02:14 PM
Laura P. said...

Your grandmother was gorgeous! I love old photographs. Thank you for sharing her recipe!

December 16, 2009 02:48 PM
Messy from Bungalow'56 said...

I’ve recently found your website through Pioneer Woman. While I have never enjoyed cooking per se. I do love to bake, and today’s post was perfect. My Dad absolutely loves Pecan pie. I never knew that about the dark bits. You learn something new every day.
Thank you,
Messy (just a bit)

December 16, 2009 03:08 PM
Jamie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandma!

December 16, 2009 04:16 PM
zarpandit said...

OMG! it’s delicious YUMMYYYYYYYYYY :) mini pies are looks funny and sweet :) corn syrup is not in Turkey so i’m using’s taste changes :(

December 16, 2009 04:54 PM
Danica said...

I LOVE the mini pies. I never thought of wrapping up pie other than in foil. I LOVE the plastic wrap and bow presentation. Thanks so much for the idea and the drool worthy recipe :)

December 16, 2009 05:49 PM
jan metcalf said...

“Doohickies” ? You are a HOOT! ! Love, love pecan pie!

December 16, 2009 07:23 PM
Heidi said...

I don’t know where you found the mini frozen pie shells, but I would die for those. I took 3 kids in the freezing cold to find that the 3 grocery stores in our town did not carry them at all…my afternoon was spent with tart tins and refrigerated dough and I cut them down to size! They turned out amazingly adorable and worth all the time put in but it would’ve been a cinch with the pre-made ones right out of the freezer!! And DAMN is that recipe delicious!!! :D Many thanks to you and your granny!!!

December 16, 2009 09:05 PM
Heidi said...

I saw a post asking about the self rising flour–one cup of all purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking POWDER and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix together–you now have self rising flour!! :)

December 16, 2009 09:09 PM
iris ashley said...

i’m not a huge fan of pecans but mini pies sound so delish! i think i’m going to try and make some soon. thanks for the inspiration!

December 16, 2009 09:48 PM
Crazy About Cakes said...

The mini pies look so cute and yummy! Thanks for posting.

December 16, 2009 10:18 PM
Katina H said...

My Dad was the Pecan Pie aficionado in our family. He loved baking them so much that when he passed away at 87 we buried him in a pecan casket. We thought he’d get a kick out of that. Enjoyed your Grandma’s pic and recipe, they brought back good memories!

December 16, 2009 10:29 PM
Michelle Frye said...

I made these tonight – I added whiskey and chocolate – which make everything better :)
Thank you for sharing!

December 16, 2009 11:55 PM
Nicola said...

Pecan pie is one of my favorites! I am glad your Granny did not think it was cheating to use frozen pie crusts.
I am glad my palate became less picky over the years; my grandmother makes amazing Greek and Armenian recipes, which I barely know how to pronounce let alone spell.

December 16, 2009 11:57 PM
Lucy said...

Pecan pie is my mother’s favorite! This was perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

December 17, 2009 07:23 AM
Ariel said...

I love the mini pie idea!!! Now I need to find where I can buy the mini pie shells!

December 17, 2009 08:11 AM
marieke said...

What a beatiful woman your grandmother was and I so understand what you write about her. My grandmother past away much to early and I miss her every day. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe from your family, espcially around Christmas time!
By the way, I love your blog!!!!!

December 17, 2009 08:26 AM
Jamie Kubeczka said...

Oh yay!! I can’t wait to make these for the holidays!! They look delicious!! :-) Thanks so much for sharing- I am a HUGE fan of your cooking! Merry Christmas!

December 17, 2009 10:23 AM
Angela said...

holy smokes your granny was a knock-out!
and it’s so easy to see you are related!!!
…the pies are awesome but i’m all star struck with the picture of your granny.
i’m thinking she was super cool- and way beyond her time. she looks like she was really creative- had great style- and an all around awesome vintage lady :)
that’s what i imagine she was like!!


December 17, 2009 10:48 AM
Kelley Harris-Johnson said...

Wow!! Your grandma is sooo glamorous! She is beautiful, so full of grace.

December 17, 2009 11:38 AM
Jennifer O. said...

OMG, those look soooo good! My mouth is watering!

December 17, 2009 12:05 PM
Mubongo said...

What a lovely tradition! I wish I could make pecan pie the way my grandmother did. I never ate hers either (no nut rule as a child), but I hear it was delicious.

When I was an undergrad, I did try to get her recipe, and she told it to me over the phone from many states away. It began something like this — G-ma: Preheat the oven. Me: What temperature? G-ma: Well, make sure it’s hot enough but not too hot. Me: ???? And it ended like this — G-ma: Then you put it in the oven and bake long enough but not too long. Me: ????

I really should have made the effort to visit her to watch her process when I still had the chance. The directions I have are a little vague.

December 17, 2009 12:11 PM
Andrea said...

What is it about nan’s and baking, I did loads of baking with my nan as a child. She passed away last month but I have her old recipe book and make the gingerbread men with my daughters, although we do like to eat the dough before it’s cooked

December 17, 2009 01:05 PM
an encourager said...

I love pecan pie, but never have made one. In November I had made up my mind to make one for Thanksgiving. Never did, and lost the site with the recipe I dedided to try… And now…. Not only are you sharing your granny’s recipe, but a new tradition for me. I will make the three pies and pray about who should get the other two. I teared up over your sweet story. Our grandma’s are soooo special! Bless that uncle for taking over this very precious (and sweet!) tradition. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing hte recipe!

December 17, 2009 01:52 PM
Ruth Ann in East Texas said...

Hey there!
Love the recipe, but I just loved hearing the story about your granny. Don’t know how many times I wished I had asked my Mom about “stuff”! But we have the memories don’t we?
My oldest daughter has set off the domino effect with your cake balls in our small town here. Everyone loves them and she sends them to your site for all the great goodies, recipes, and info! Thanks!
I hope you have a great Christmas!

December 17, 2009 02:05 PM
Ruth Ann in East Texas said...

PS…i believe the pecan pie is one of the easiest to throw together! That and my Buttermilk Pies! 3 3/4 cup sugar, you think they might be a tad rich? :)

December 17, 2009 02:06 PM
Tina said...

Ok, I live at 545 Green…….
no seriously, if you need to send those to anyone, you can reach me at 211.597….
hehe, thanks for the post, love me some pecan pie!

December 17, 2009 02:22 PM
Sue Anderson said...

All I can say is WOW! Those look so great. I’m definitely going to make some of these to share. I’m thinking 1 pie for Christmas dinner, and the rest into mini-pies for the neighbors.

December 17, 2009 03:12 PM
Trish said...

I had my first ever Pecan Pie in October while in Texas and I’m so addicted! I’ve been hunting for a good recipe since then but this one looks perfect! I can’t wait to try the mini ones!

I just need to convert everything to UK measurements first!

December 17, 2009 04:31 PM
Aimsley said...

Looks absolutely delicious, i love pecan pie as well as your website, truely inspirational. i find myself glued to your website for hours. you have inspired me to take a cake decorating class. thanx bakerella

December 17, 2009 05:09 PM
Monica said...

There is nothing better than a recipe from a grandma, I feel so grateful that both of mine are still alive, and such great cooks so that I can share my love for food with them. You look just like your grandmother, both of you are so pretty! Even prettier than that amazingggggg pecan pieeee!!!!! happy holidays bakerella!

December 17, 2009 05:30 PM
Rae said...

Dear Bonny Bakerella,
I’ll admit that I still haven’t grown-up enough to really love nuts. But I am a fan of the idea of tiny pies. Why eat a big one if you can have these little cuties?
Married to a nut in Nebraksa

P.S. My eleven year-old sister was looking over my shoulder as I read this post and she commented that you must have a really big oven to hold all those pies! hehehe!

December 17, 2009 08:05 PM
Heather H said...

Stone Mountain Pecans!!! My boyfriend is from GA and grew up near Stone Mountain. He took me to GA a few years back (my first time to go) and Stone Mountain was the first place he took me!

December 17, 2009 09:05 PM
Melanie said...

These pies are beautiful!

December 17, 2009 09:16 PM
Katie N said...

If you roast the pecans first brushed with vegetable oil or butter it really brings out their flavor and makes them easier to chew after it’s baked.

My guy spent most of his childhood in Texas with a pecan tree in his parent’s front yard. He *loves* pecan pie. I made two for him in October using a very similar recipe. Two other native born Texans said it was the best they’ve ever had.

December 17, 2009 10:23 PM
Miss said...

Hi! I was looking at a recipe from another site that someone copied from here without properly citing. . :(
Anyway, I love this recipe and I want to try it as pie in a jar like the ones seen here

Oh, I didn’t know if anyone else has said this or not, but the “roosters” are actually part of the membrane that keeps the yolk suspended inside the shell and not sitting on the bottom. It’s not bad for you, or yucky…it just sometimes affects our baked goodies like making shiny spots on our pies~!
Thank you for sharing this recipe and all that it means to your family!

December 18, 2009 02:50 AM
Charli said...

What a great story. The memories of cooking with Granny are the best. I recently got one of my Great Grandmother’s favorite chocolate cookbooks and it is amazing to be able to bake something insanely yummy from the pages that she used to bake from. Plus, it is all totally from scratch so you feel much more connected. Thank you for sharing.

December 18, 2009 02:53 AM
cora said...

Just a little tip. If you can find them, the best crusts are from Oronco farms. Lol not sure of the spelling but they make absolutely the best pie crusts. They are in the frozen food section of the store.

December 18, 2009 05:53 AM
Shelley said...

Just found your website and I love it! Thank you for being so detailed and taking pictures and all.

December 18, 2009 11:36 AM
Isabella said...

Looks delicious. I will have to make these!!!!!

December 18, 2009 04:09 PM
Dani said...

It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous woman in the photo became anyone’s grandmother! Pecan pie is my favorite, and I always love the minis! I believe that recipes are a precious legacy. Thanks so much for being so generous to share such a treasured family recipe with us. Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2009 07:44 PM
Shawna said...

Hello Happy Bakers…. =o) I need a bit of time saving advice…I went to one store and didn’t find the mini-pie shells and really really don’t want to go to a million stores to find them. But I really really want to make them for my cookie/treat trays. Any suggestions? I am in the Pac. NW we have Fred Meyer (Kroger), Safeway, Albertson’s and of course WalMart. ( I couldn’t find them at our local Winco)

Ok, now to enter the debate on how to say Pecan…. My dad is from Oklahoma and tons of our relatives are from Arkansas… I was taught “PaCon” there’s no PEE in any of my pies =o)

Bakerella – THANK YOU for sharing your family recipe! I always share my recipes also… what good is keeping them a secret? Spread the love =o)

December 19, 2009 12:56 AM
Flor said...

What is the best replacment for light corn syrup,could someone tell me, please

December 19, 2009 06:55 AM
Dale Marie said...

You knowe I have never made a pecan pie.
Thank You for sharing a family favourite alsong with the beautiful memories of your Granny.
When we are young, we take things for granted and don’t think of spending extra time with special people in our lives; I think it is the process of maturing and growing up. We become more sentimental and want to know about our heritage.
So Thank You so much for sharing a family heirloom recipe of your beautiful Granny…for sure I am going to make three for Christmas.

December 19, 2009 10:27 AM
Rita Bell said...

I don’t know why this post made me cry! I just loved the way you talk about your granny. I still have mine. And I don’t want to ever let her go. I’ve never been tempted to make pecan pie, but I think I’m going to try your granny’s recipe :) Thank you for giving every detail and the why behind it – so helpful!

December 19, 2009 11:59 AM
Lyzzie said...

Hi, I love the pecan pay, look delicius and easy for make
I hope make for the chrismas day

December 19, 2009 12:28 PM
Connie said...

I have to tell you, I love the human side to your blog. It brought tears to my eyes, seriously! We don’t realize how much our grandparents mean to us until they are gone. I am 35 and miss my grandma and grandpa so much but am blessed with another set that just turned 92! Your pies look amazing. Your grandmother was beautiful!

December 19, 2009 12:46 PM
jennifer said...

I love the picture of your grandma, and your touching insight on missing her, oh and the photo of your uncle and the pies! It made me tear up a bit… traditions and memories last so much longer than the pies. They are just a delicious vessel for love to journey through time!

December 19, 2009 01:46 PM
Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

What a sweet memory of your Grandma! She was beautiful! I love those mini pecan pies, so adorable!

December 19, 2009 04:18 PM
Krystin said...

I haven’t tasted one yet, cause they are still cooling, but they sure look tasty.
I made the mini pies (tarts) and I got 42…I was surprised since I know my tart shells are larger than the average ones.
Also, I am finding that between 25-30 mins is good for the mini pies.
For anyone looking for them, I will give you a couple hints.
In CA, they are next to impossible to find…I have found them at Sur La Table (which I believe are nationwide…they are quite pricey, though). I get mine from Sysco. They come out to half the price (at least) of Sur La Table…but you may need to order through a restaurant (that’s how I get mine…connections…lol)
In Canada, you can get them at Superstore and they are ridiculusly cheap there, compared to anywhere I have found them online or anywhere else in the USA…but I am sure some of you are lucky enough, like Bakerella, who live in a state where they are available in store.

December 19, 2009 05:40 PM
Owen said...

Can a fellow Australian tell me where to get corn syrup? Or a suitable substitute? The pies look gorgeous, would love to try them.

December 19, 2009 06:02 PM
Siobhan said...

Wow, your granny was so beautiful. I love the 50′s look, so I am totally in love with her hair and style.

Also, your baking is always flawless. I really appreciate not only your recipies, but your art – and your willingness to share it all with us.

Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2009 09:59 PM
Rachaelhardin said...

oh my gosh those look soooooo good. I think i’m going to rob my husbands wallet and run to the store real quick!!!

December 20, 2009 09:31 AM
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December 20, 2009 09:57 AM
June said...

I just want to say, your pecan pies are super delicious!! I finally had time to bake some this morning. I think I will finish one pie before Christmas come. Good thing there are 3 of them. heehee…. Thanks for the recipe again.

December 20, 2009 10:43 AM
Lori said...

It looks like a great recipe I may want to try and tackle! :) But I really loved the thoughts about your grandmother… I too miss my grandma even more around the holidays. She was such a loving and easy to be around gal. Your post made me well up.

December 20, 2009 11:38 AM
June said...

Oh and I used regular butter coz I don’t have any margarine on hand. I don’t know if it makes a difference but the pies are yummy.

December 20, 2009 12:05 PM
Gerardina said...

I can’t wait to try these! It reminds me of the pecan tree my parents have in their backyard. That tree stills exists and it give us precious gifts every winter, even the dogs like the pecans: they actually crack them to eat the insides. Isn’t that amazing? Every winter my mom cooks pecan pie and it was something out of this world. Now that I live 10 hrs away from my parents, I will make thse pies and take one to them as a surprise. I hope they like it, because I know I will. Thanks for sharing this recipe, and God bless your grandma whereever she is! <3

December 20, 2009 01:09 PM
Margarita said...

Just made them for my bf, since this is his favourite pie. I didn’t have light corn syrup so I used golden… I hope it’s okay!

December 20, 2009 02:05 PM
Making my Mark said...

I love your Granny’s top! My Granny makes great pecan pies too. I had a piece the other day…yum! She said that half of the pie was gone before the afternoon.

December 20, 2009 04:40 PM
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