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This pie was always a favorite for birthdays while my children were grouping up. They never liked the typical party cakes. My mother gave me the old-fashioned recipe for lard turns out every time!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 441 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 238 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs just until blended but not frothy. Add the sugar, salt and corn syrup. Stir butter and vanilla just until blended. Spread pecans in the bottom of pie shell. Pour in filling.
  2. Place in a 350° oven and immediately reduce heat to 325°. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Pecan Pie in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p83

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2016

"My husband loves this pie. I only wish I could eat it. I am diabetic."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I get asked to bring this pie for every holiday. Delicious!!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"would using light corn syrup in this recipe make a big difference in the outcome/flavor of the pie?"

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