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Caramel Pecan Pie Recipe

Caramel Pecan Pie Recipe

“This is hands down the best pecan pie—it’s so good, it’s scary!” writes Dorothy Reinhold of Malibu, California. “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.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 36 caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • Frozen deep-dish pie shell
  • Pecan halves, optional


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gradually add caramel mixture. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour into pie shell. If desired, arrange pecan halves over filling.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 264947
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1675298 230060
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

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

kwittig User ID: 7076075 223091
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

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

Kitwhel User ID: 6606864 79792
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1207630 153057
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6391761 145441
Reviewed 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!"

2vibes User ID: 1360516 66977
Reviewed 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!"

Laurieanne1970 User ID: 4304615 145439
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"The filling curdeld and was runny."

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz User ID: 6003005 66856
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I made this pie and added choc chips and woodford reserve bourbon. It was great. I will be making this again for New Year's."

JLUS User ID: 6418115 79791
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Excellent, easy...even for someone who can't make pie!"

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 62231
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving for my guests and they all loved it."

battcave03 User ID: 1868330 147769
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"And no, I don't pre-bake the shell."

battcave03 User ID: 1868330 156164
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"We've made this every Thanksgiving since the recipe was first published! None of us like traditional pecan pie, but the caramel flavor is fantastic and helps cut the sweetness. I've had more requests for this recipe than any other pie - everyone raves about it!"

dancingtinker16 User ID: 5863504 153052
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Do you pre-bake the pie shell?"

kristinscotth User ID: 2609242 130845
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This pie is SO good! I have to make it every Thanksgiving. It just oozes with caramel. I've never been a fan of regular pecan pies, and I've tried other variations of pecan pie that uses chocolate, and this recipe is by far, THE best pecan pie. It's so rich and delicious, and easy!"

MeHavasu User ID: 6161734 145438
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"Wow, This is one of the best pies I have ever made. I have now made it several times and my guest just go crazy over it, not to mention my boyfriend and kids just love it.. it is a must try and a keeper for sure..."

aletoro User ID: 3377037 131773
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"First time I make pecan pie, this is my boyfriend's favorite pie. Both him and my daughter loved it! I'm definitely making it again! It was a big hit at the Christmas party!"

wac30 User ID: 5586204 207039
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"Have made it twice this week due to the demand for more. Really good!!"

amybellis User ID: 4610659 207038
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010


joeychick User ID: 4388747 153051
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Absolutely delicious, and so very easy to make. This is going to become a holiday staple. I might make another for Christmas."

guardiansthree User ID: 2539061 152930
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"I've made this pie several times and it is a family favorite now. We have it every year at Christmas now. A bit rich but I've never had a better pecan pie!"

kristinscotth User ID: 2609242 151330
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"This pecan pie really is the best. I've made different kinds of pecan pies--the traditional, ones with chocolate, etc., and this one is by far my favorite. Ever since I discovered this recipe, I've been making it every year for Thanksgiving. It's SO easy, and it's really good and rich. I LOVE it! Definitely gotta try this!"

AnniMc User ID: 4479697 151328
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"This is the 3rd time I've made this pie - the kids beg for it! I'm happy to oblige since tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I don't really care for pumpkin pie"

pinkpolkadots User ID: 4547329 151326
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"quick and easy version of pecan pie minus the traditional corn syrup! Aside from the caramels, most cooks have these ingredients in their cupboards. Taste is good and unique. I'd make it again."

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