Unforgettable Pecan Pie with a Secret Ingredient

Amazing pecan pie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes it out of this world!!

Traditions. It's what the holidays are all about. Regardless of exactly how you celebrate, chances are pretty good that you enjoy your own holiday traditions each and every year. Seeing family, exchanging gifts, decorating the home, holiday music...they're all great traditions. But one of my favorite traditions is the fabulous food!

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Some of my blog friends and I have gotten together to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and I'm sharing my tradition of baking these pies. At the bottom of this post you'll see several other fabulous traditions. Be sure to click on the photos to learn more.

I won't lie, I like to eat good food. Who doesn't? And since I live in the South, the food is usually the star attraction of any get together. At Thanksgiving we always have the traditional turkey and dressing with all the fixins. And we ALWAYS have way too much food. Desserts are no exception. But nobody around here is complaining! Our traditional Thanksgiving desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies and usually a couple of other goodies to fatten us up for the winter months.

Amazing pecan pie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes it out of this world!!

Each year I make at least 2 pecan pies for Thanksgiving and have been doing so for 20 years or more. Somehow I got started with it and now it's expected. I use fresh Georgia pecans and a secret ingredient...Tennessee whiskey. Jack Daniels to be exact. The pride of Tennessee. Very appropriate since I've lived in Tennessee for my entire life. I've used rum before and it's also a great addition. And no, you don't taste the alcohol.

Best pecan pie recipe ever. Made with Georgia pecans and Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey. To die for.

Confession: I don't actually drink Jack Daniels, but I love to cook with it. I've made whiskey cakes before and they're wonderful. If you don't want a bottle this size, you can probably find the mini bottles at your local liquor store.

Amazing pecan pie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes it out of this world!!

Here's the recipe:

(The original version is from Southern Living, but I tweaked it by adding the Jack Daniels)

Prep time approximately 45 minutes
Bake time 50 to 55 minutes


1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted  (I always use salted butter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked 9-inch pasty shell
1 to 1 1/4 cups pecan halves  *I highly recommend Georgia pecans. It's worth the extra expense*
3 tablespoons Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey  *I used Gentleman Jack. I've also used rum in the past and it's very good too.*

Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves (about 25 minutes). Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add eggs, whiskey, vanilla, and salt to mixture, mix well.

Pour filling into unbaked pasty shell and top with pecan halves.

Bake at 325 for 50 to 55 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Yield: one 9-inch pie.

*Note - Since this recipe takes a couple of hours and also because it's so popular with my family, I ALWAYS make 2 pies. I simply double the recipe.

Below is how the pie(s) should look before going into the oven. I suggest placing them on a baking sheet to catch anything that bubbles over the edge. It will keep your oven clean. Just be sure to leave a little space between the pies for better air circulation.

Here are the finished pies.

Amazing pecan pie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes it out of this world!!

And here's how the yummy inside looks. Yes, of course I ate the piece that used to be in this spot and it was like a little slice of heaven. 

Amazing pecan pie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes it out of this world!!

Do you have any holiday traditions that you love? A favorite holiday dish? I'd love to hear about it!

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Marisa Franca said...

This looks delicious. There are a lot of pecan pie recipes out there but this looks like a keeper. It has been pinned!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I'm pinning your recipe, too! We are surrounded by pecan trees and there's plenty of Jack Daniels in the house! In years past, I have been known to soak the pecans in bourbon before making the pies! HeHe!

Vanessa said...


Those pies look amazing and how funny you add the Whiskey. I bet is yummy!

Jeanette Chaney said...

Oh, Angie! I'm making this pie this year! We all love pecan pie. I make "Whiskey Nuts" for Christmas using Jack Daniels. I know this pie will be a hit!! Thanks for joining the tour. ~Jeanette

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks, Marisa! It won't let you down. Have a great weekend. ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Being surrounded by pecan trees sounds wonderful. But I sure wouldn't want to have to crack them! Soaking them before putting in the pie is a great idea! I'll have to try that next time. Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks, Vanessa! They are yummy with or without the whiskey. Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Ooooh! Whiskey nuts sounds tasty. We all love pecan pie too. And pumpkin. And pretty much all of them! Thanks for dropping by. ~ Angie

Laurie Dickson said...

Wow Angie!!! That looks and sounds delish! I am pinning this baby. And hopefully have time to make it for our Christmas dinner, thanks for sharing! xoxo

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Laurie! I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend. XOXO ~ Angie

Paula@SweetPea said...

I'm reading Thanksgiving posts this morning with my mom and asked her to guess your secret ingredient and she got it right. It is also our Thanksgiving tradition to have pecan pie. Your recipe looks delicious. I'll definitely print it out for my files.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

I like the way your mom thinks. :) Thanksgiving without pie just wouldn't be the same at our house! Have a great weekend.

bumpandrun chat said...

This looks incredible! Rum is plenty down here in Barbados, so I think I would try that version. Thanks for sharing and this recipe is definitely betting pinned! Visiting from #SITSBlogging ~Ree

Http://whatmeeganmakes.com said...

Oh my goodness! Your pecan pie looks incredible. I have never made a pecan pie, BUT I am going to need to make this soon.
Thanks for sharing, Angie :)

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

This looks so yummy! Will be pinning for future reference. Thanks, Angie. :)

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Ree! I've made a rum version before and it's yummy too. How nice it must be to live in a place like Barbados! Thanks for dropping by!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Meegan! It's not hard but does take a little time. Definitely worth it though!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Sheila! It's a keeper recipe!

Mama's High Strung said...

Love this recipe... but I'm a Texas girl and I'm sticking to Texas Pecans! Following from SITS Sharefest!

Crystal Wachoski said...

Love Pecan pie. Visiting from #sits!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

I'm sure the Texas pecans are great too. Anything locally grown is always so much better! Thanks for dropping by!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Me too, Crystal! thanks for dropping by! ~Angie

Amber Rose said...

Would love to try and make this! Think I could use JD Honey instead of regular JD? Thanks for posting! :)

ndozier said...

Could hug your neck for printing this Pecan Pie recipe!!! Seriously! My husband used to make Pecan Pies. They were THE BEST! He always started out cooking the sugar, etc. on the stove first, like this one. (Unlike most recipes where you just mix everything in the mixer.) There was something about cooking the sugars, etc. that made the custard creamy and PERFECT every time! Anyway, one day I cleaned out our pantry one day and threw my husband’s Pecan Pie recipe away. He never did forgive me! I really believe it’s his recipe, minus the recipe, minus the bourbon! I’ve search for years to find a pecan recipe that starts out on the stovetop! Thanks for sharing!

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