Simple Mama Arnold's Honey Pie Recipe

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My mother developed this recipe, which was my father's longtime favorite dessert (he lived to be 104!)
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 unbaked pie shell (9 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 418 calories, 24 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk the eggs and honey until blended. Add butter; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in the pecans, vanilla and nutmeg.
  2. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until set. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Mama Arnold's Honey Pie in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p82

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Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"I really loved the flavor, texture and simplicity of this recipe. However, the recipe only made enough filling to half fill a nine inch pie crust! It was pretty disappointing in that respect, so next time I will double the filling amount.

Also, I added lemon zest to it which was a nice counterpoint to how sweet it was."

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