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Caramel Pecan Pie

This is hands down the best pecan pie—it’s so good, it’s scary! I’m making it for Thanksgiving because there will be others around to share it with me. Here’s the trick: Toss the bag of caramels to your kid or spouse and promise they can eat whatever is left after they unwrap your 36 caramels. —Larry Crowder, Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 36 caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 frozen deep-dish pie crust (9 inches)
  • Pecan halves, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small heavy saucepan, combine the caramels, water and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until caramels are melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gradually add caramel mixture. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour into crust. If desired, arrange pecan halves over filling.
  • Bake until set, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 541 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Kim
    Nov 3, 2018

    What size of pie shell please,deep dish? 8 or 9 inch

  • slmacbeth
    Nov 24, 2017

    This pie was very good, and I didn't have any trouble with the filling. Nice and gooey with plenty of pecan flavor.

  • TNbluffbaker
    Apr 20, 2017

    The caramel and pecans are a match made in culinary heaven! I forgot to toast the pecans the first time I made it, but the pie was still delicious.

  • Idella Rogers
    Jul 23, 2015

    My whole family loves this pie. Wonderful caramel and pecans!!!!

  • kwittig
    Mar 18, 2015

    This pie is the bomb!! I won first place in a pie contest with this recipe!! Easy pie dough recipe from seriouseats.com.....First time ever to leave a review....that's how good it was!!!

  • Kitwhel
    Dec 10, 2013

    This pie is awesome! It's easy to make and will be quickly eaten up as the taste has a good balance between the pecans and caramel. I made this for Thanksgiving and have already made 3 more for holiday events.

  • ajinmn
    Jan 19, 2013

    I'm not a pecan pie eater, but after this recipe came out in the magazine and I showed it to my husband I have had to make it for every holiday since then. My sis in law says it isn't a holiday meal if I don't bring this pie. It is very easy to make and my husband says the toasted almonds is what really sets this pie apart from other pecan pies.

  • Worshipguy
    Dec 17, 2012

    The best pecan pie I've made so far! I loved the caramel filling! This was the first dessert devoured at a recent Thanksgiving dinner!

  • ranson
    Dec 8, 2012

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  • 2vibes
    Nov 22, 2012

    Hands down best Pecan pie I have ever made. I get requests from family and friends all year long to make it, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are a must. So easy too!