Pies are generally not my go-to for dessert, but every now and then a pie is so good that I just can't get enough! This Maple Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie is the perfect amount of sweetness with layers of flavor that blend together seamlessly. And best of all, the filling easily comes together in one bowl in just a few minutes.
This pie is the best easy recipe for a Kentucky Derby party, your Thanksgiving table, Sunday brunch, or anything in between! If bourbon is your thing, you'll also love these Chocolate Covered Mint Julep Bourbon Balls, Smoky Bourbon Chocolate Fudge, and Kentucky Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea Cupcakes.
Why this Recipe Works
Chocolate pecan pie is a classic, especially in Kentucky. If you've ever had a Derby Pie, you know there's nothing better! But many traditional pecan pies use corn syrup which some people can find make it a bit too sweet.
This maple bourbon pecan pie is made without corn syrup, and instead uses maple syrup to add a bit more depth of flavor. The addition of bourbon also helps to enhance the flavors of this simple southern pie while also adding another layer of flavor.
Ingredients and Notes
Bourbon - The bourbon in this pecan pie recipe adds a fun and delicious kick of flavor that complements the pie perfectly. I am partial to using a Kentucky bourbon, but any bourbon will work great!
Maple Syrup - Pecan pie recipes tend to use corn syrup, but maple syrup adds both a sweetness and a slight hint of maple flavor to this boozy southern pie. The maple is not overpowering in flavor or in sweetness, but adds just the perfect touch. Be sure you're using real maple syrup, and not pancake syrup.
Pecans - As someone who is generally not a fan of nuts in baked goods, using crushed pecans in this easy pie creates the perfect pie filling texture.
Maple Syrup - Molasses can be substituted in place of maple syrup in this recipe creating a slightly different but equally delicious flavor, with a bit less sweetness.
Chocolate Chips - Any kind of chocolate will work for this recipe. I prefer dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips, but milk chocolate chips, or even chopped chocolate or chocolate chunks will work too!
Pie Crust - Homemade pie crust will work great for this recipe. I use store-bought in the recipe because my goal is to keep recipes as easy as possible. But baking should be all about doing what makes you happy, so if you enjoy making homemade pie crust, go for it! And if you don't, there is nothing wrong with store-bought!
How to Make this Recipe
Step 1: Whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, bourbon, maple syrup, and butter till combined.
Step 2: Fold in chocolate chips and crushed pecans.
Step 3: Pour into pie crust, and sprinkle additional chocolate chips overtop of the pie filling.
Step 4: Set pie on a baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes, until just set.
My favorite way to eat this sweet homemade pie is warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but this pie can be served room temperature, or even cold. This quick and easy pie is delicious no matter how you serve it!
This pie filling should set firmly. If it's runny, it needs to be baked longer. While there should be a very slight jiggle in the center of this pie when it's done, it should be almost fully set before removing it from the oven.
Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: Placing your pie pan on a baking sheet when baking this flavorful pie will help protect your oven in the case that there's a bit of overflow. This filling should work for a 9" deep dish pie crust or a standard 10" pie crust, but as it bakes it does rise slightly. Depending on oven temperature, this could cause slight overflow. This can also be made in a standard 9" pie crust but you may have a little bit of extra filling.
Tip #2: This sweet southern pie can easily be converted into Maple Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars by using a roll-out pie crust or store bought pie crust and using an 8x8 pan.
Tip #3: Cool the Maple Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie completely before slicing.
- This maple bourbon pecan pie can be covered with foil and stored at room temperature overnight.
- To be safe, this pie is best stored covered in the refrigerator for about a week.
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Maple Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
- Mixing bowl
- 9" unbaked deep dish pie crust or a 10" standard pie crust
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup bourbon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ stick butter melted and cooled
- 1 cup chocolate chips plus a little extra for topping
- ½ cup crushed pecans
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Place pie crust (in pie pan) on baking sheet.
- Whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, bourbon, maple syrup, and butter till combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.
- Pour into pie crust.
- Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips over the top of the filling.
- Bake about 40-45 minutes, till the filling is just barely set.
- Enjoy warm with ice cream or room temperature.
This recipe was originally posted on January 15, 2019, but was republished with new photos, additional information about the recipe, step-by-step instructions, FAQs, and tips and tricks in November of 2022.