Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's time to get ready. It wouldn't be a true Thanksgiving dinner without some pie — pecan pie, to be specific. If you're up for putting a new spin on a traditional favorite, these easy Thanksgiving pecan pie recipes will put a modern twist on this nutty dessert that will change the way you prepare your Thanksgiving meal from now on.
As simple as they might seem to make, not all pecan pies are equal in taste and texture, which is why these pecan pie recipes bring something special to the table to make every dessert stand out. Of course, a traditional pecan pie is delicious if it's prepared properly, but there are so many different ways to incorporate the flavors of pecan pie into your Thanksgiving dessert without breaking out your favorite pie tin.
Just because these recipes aren't your classic pecan pie doesn't mean they're more difficult to make, either. With just a few adjustments to your normal pie making routine, you can create an incredible dessert that captures all of the wonderful, seasonal flavors of pecan pie and sends your Thanksgiving guests coming back for more.
Check out these unique, non-traditional pecan pie recipes that transform a traditional pecan pie into something unforgettably tasty.
1. Salted Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie
During Thanksgiving, there are usually at least two pies to choose from — pumpkin and pecan. With this salted bourbon pecan pumpkin pie, you don't even have to choose. With the crunchiness of the pecans and the creamy, sweet pumpkin filling, you can have both and more. Be sure to top it off with a pinch of salt to balance out all of those wonderful flavors. Find the recipe at halfbakedharvest.com.
2. Pecan Pie Bread Pudding
It might feel a little strange to shake things up during Thanksgiving when so many dishes have been passed down generation after generation. But, sometimes it can be nice to mix things up. With this pecan pie bread pudding, you get all the delicious flavors of a pecan pie in a soft and hearty dessert that will be a unique addition to your dinner table. Find the recipe at somethingswanky.com.
3. Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie
Slightly more similar to a traditional pecan pie, this pie has one hidden secret — a layer of rich, chocolate ganache beneath the pecan filling. If you're someone who can't get enough chocolate in your dessert (or in your life) this pie is the perfect way to serve a classing Thanksgiving dessert while still getting your daily dose of cocoa. Find the recipe at acozykitchen.com.
4. Apple Pie Cronuts with Apple Cider Caramel Drizzle
OK, a cronut is definitely not a pecan pie, but it can embody the flavors of a pecan pie. Taking into account a love for apple pie and pecan pie, this unique dessert will be the talk of your Thanksgiving dinner and satisfy anyone who's lucky enough to take a bite of this crispy, gooey treat. Find the recipe at halfbakedharvest.com.
5. Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies
Whether you're looking for an after dinner dessert or hoping to save something sweet for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, these brownies are what you're looking for. Complete with chocolate, pecans, and bourbon, these brownies deliver the pecan pie flavors so well, you'll forget you're not actually eating pie. Find the recipe at howsweeteats.com.
6. Pecan Pie Cookies
If ever you wished you could have your own portable pecan pie, these cookies are the answer to that wish. Made of pie crust and covered in a rich, brown sugar pecan pie filling, these cookies are a great way to give everyone their own little taste of pecan pie. Top them with a drizzle of chocolate for some extra sweetness. Find the recipe at closetcooking.com.
7. Salted Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
There can never be enough chocolate for dessert. These salted chocolate pecan pie bars take all the deliciousness of a pie and present it in the form of a neat bar everyone can enjoy. With a recipe that is very traditional for a chocolate pecan pie, what makes these bars stand out is the bit of salt on top and the unique serving style of squares instead of slices. Find the recipe at howsweeteats.com.
8. No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecakes
Sometimes it's difficult to find the time to bake a full-on pie for everyone on Thanksgiving day, especially if you don't have as much help in the kitchen as you would like. Luckily, these no-bake bourbon pecan pie cheesecakes are simple enough for anyone to prepare. Just layer them up and stick the in the fridge before you start making dinner for a light and creamy dessert that will perfectly compliment your Thanksgiving meal. Find the recipe at howsweeteats.com.
9. Gluten-Free Mini Caramel Pecan Tarts
For all my fellow gluten-free eaters, these mini caramel pecan tarts use oats and nuts to recreate (or improve) a traditional graham cracker crust. Stacked high with pecans and a sweet filling, these tarts are a great dessert whether you're gluten-free or not. Try adding whip cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top to make this dessert even more delicious. Find the recipe at mybakingaddiction.com.
10. Collapsing Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Custard Cake
Having a cake collapse isn't usually the best sign when you're baking. But, in this case, we want that to happen. This chocolate bourbon pecan pie custard cake has a warm, gooey center filled with flavors like no other cake you've tried before. Seeing all the flavors ooze out of the center is so great you might even want to get a picture. Find the recipe at halfbakedharvest.com.
11. Mini Chocolate Pecan Pie in a Jar
Dessert doesn't have to be difficult to prepare, and it definitely doesn't have to be difficult this year with this easy mini chocolate chip pecan pies in jars. Eating something out of a jar just makes it feel more rustic and homemade. And if it's pecan pie you're craving — one of the most classic Thanksgiving desserts — it's almost impossible not to appreciate the warm and satisfying flavor of this pecan pie in a jar. Find the recipe at tasteandtellblog.com.
Make sure you have baking tools, a big bag of pecans, and an even bigger appetite as you prepare these Thanksgiving recipes. You're going to need it.