Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

by jenna on November 12, 2013

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It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaar!

Thanksgiving is t-minus 16 days away and that means it’s time to start planning the most important course – dessert. Obviously.

I’m not sure if we’ve ever discussed this on the blog, but I’m actually not a huge pumpkin pie fan. I think it’s because I just didn’t grow up with it. My mom doesn’t like either and therefore never made it on Thanksgiving when I was growing up. It’s the texture, I think. Not for me. Now, what I do adore is a gooey rich slice of chocolate bourbon pecan pie! I mean, really. Does life get any better than that?! Melted dark chocolate and pecans finished with a slight rich bourbon-y taste.

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Now, let’s have a pie crust discussion again. If you’re an overachiever, I have a wonderful recipe for you. It’s flaky, golden and pretty darn perfect {and also involves quite a bit of shortening}. If you’re into homemade flaky pie crusts, that recipe is for you.

For the rest of you – a refrigerated pie crust works great! And guess what? No one will know you’re dirty little secret. I happen to really love the brand below! You can find it at Whole Foods or other natural foods stores.

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Assembling this pie is really easy! Just scatter the chocolate and pecans all over the bottom of the pie crust, shown in the second photo from the top, and then pour over your hot syrup/custard mixture. Then, just pop in the oven and bake!

You can bake this pie up to two days ahead of time, which is perfect if you’re in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just wrap her up and keep her in the fridge till it’s time to warm up and serve. Whipped cream isn’t a bad idea. Nor is vanilla ice cream. Just saying.

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There’s tons of versions of this pie {also known as Derby Pie} but I happen to love this particular one because it uses all brown sugar instead of white. The brown sugar and the bourbon just go so well together, like a match made in heaven. And pregnant ladies, don’t you worry – all the alcohol is cooked out when you bake the pie – so indulge away!

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Glorious. Simply glorious. This is my dad’s favorite pie and one we always had on special occasions – Thanksgiving and Kentucky Derby Day.


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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

makes 1 pie

Print this Recipe!


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups pecans, roughly chopped

1 cup corn syrup {light or dark}

1 cup brown sugar, packed

4 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup bourbon

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 refrigerated or homemade pie crust, thawed


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Spray a 9″ pie tin with nonstick spray. Drape your pie crust into your tin, letting it hang over the edges of the tin. Crimp the edges of the dough with your fingers then remove extra dough hanging over the side. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork.

Scatter the roughly chopped pecans and semisweet chocolate chips over the bottom of the pie dough. Set aside.

In a small pot over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar and bourbon. Bring to a boil, stir well, then remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

In a bowl, mix together the eggs, melted butter, vanilla and salt. SLOWLY drizzle hot syrup into the eggs, stirring continuously with a whisk while you drizzle. You must go very slow here or you risk cooking the eggs. Continue drizzling and whisking until the last of the syrup has been poured into the eggs. Pour this over the pecans and chocolate in the pie.

Carefully place pie in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Top should be puffy and crust should be golden. Let cool for 1 hour before serving.


active time ~ 15 minutes

total time ~ 2.5 hours

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{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam November 12, 2013 at 3:27 am

NOOO! These recipes should not exist!! No fair! I LOVE pecan pie and love chocolate. Combining them with booze into one pie is a great idea, but the waist-line does not love it :(, but I do!!! 🙂


Betsy November 12, 2013 at 4:18 am

Yum! I make the nestle toll house pie and people go crazy for it. I will have to try this with the bourbon!


emily johnson November 12, 2013 at 4:46 am

ok, those are so not choc chips in the picture!! what kind of chocolate did you use in the pie in the pic?? it looks absolutely delish and i want to try it for our t’giving dinner. 🙂


jenna November 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

those are just chocolate chunks – you can use either!


Jenn November 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Where did you get your chocolate chunks? Are they seim-sweet?


jenna November 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I grabbed them from our local super market. Same thing as semisweet chips, just a little bigger. You could use either!


Pavithra (Eat,live,burp) November 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Trader Joe’s carries semi-sweet chocolate chunks – a new addition this holiday season.

Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 12, 2013 at 4:47 am

Oh man, I haven’t even had breakfast yet, but I would love to be eating this right now! So good! 🙂


Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes November 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

I. am. drooling! This looks absolutely decadent! Definitely keeping this in mind as a go-to dessert for Thanskgiving this year. 🙂


C. November 12, 2013 at 5:05 am

Wow this looks divine. I’ve never heard of chocolate pecan pie:) Adding it to my holiday list!


Dana November 12, 2013 at 5:20 am

Looks so amazing, Jenna! Your chocolate chips don’t resemble ‘regular chips’ . What chocolate pieces did you use? Or toll house chips are totally fine?

I am making your Baked Pumpkin Shells n Cheese for Thanksgiving side dish this year. I made it the last two years in a row and it was such a hit! 🙂

Might just have to make this pie now, too.


Justeen November 12, 2013 at 5:20 am

I am so excited to try this pie! Chocolate + pecans + bourbon + brown sugar are a few of my favorite things.

I’ve always made my own pie crusts, but this year, it’ll just be the boyfriend and me on Thanksgiving, so I might just take a shortcut and try out those pre-made crusts.


shelly@ohshellsbells November 12, 2013 at 5:26 am

I like pumpkin pie but I think I’m gonna have to give this one a whirl!


Erin | The Law Student's Wife November 12, 2013 at 5:34 am

Well, if we are making pecan pie, why not go all the way and stuff it with bourbon and chocolate too? Done and done. Somehow, I think it is only appropriate that I have a big ol’ slice with a tumbler of..bourbon.


Tieghan November 12, 2013 at 5:44 am

Seriously, this is the best Thanksgiving pie if you ask me. Pumpkin and sweet potato have nothing on it! My mom has always done a bourbon chocolate pecan pie and it will always be my favorite! Love this, Jenna!


taylor @ taylormade November 12, 2013 at 6:20 am

oh my GOODNESS. I’m not much of a baker so I was totally planning on just buying a pie from the grocery store for Thanksgiving… but I don’t think I can NOT try to make this. it looks freaking amazing! and easy!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

Soooo going on the Thanksgiving menu this year! I saw your teaser post on Instagram last week and have been waiting for the recipe. Now I just have to convince my husband to let me use some of his beloved bourbon stash… 😉


Aaryn @ Insert{Life}Here November 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hello, lover! Drool. I think a piece would go beautifully with my tea right now.

Love this time of year!


Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

im the same way with pumpkin pies but this one is totally drool worthy. I will have to definitely make this one.


erin @hooleywithaz November 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

my husband is in charge of pies for thanksgiving, and i’m going to start leaving photos of this recipe around for him to get the hint. yum!


anne November 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

love this recipe – it’s almost identical to the cooking light one that was on their cover a few years ago. we make it every year now!


DessertForTwo November 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

I’m not a big pumpkin pie fan either. I think that anyone would chose chocolate over pumpkin, so if I served this, no one would miss it! 🙂


Christine November 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

Actually about 25% of the alcohol will remain after baking for one hour.


sonia the mexigarian November 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

this shall be attempted 🙂


Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

Dessert is the best thing about Thanksgiving, and I’m in charge of making all the goodies every year. My jaw is on the floor after looking at this pie. So much chocolate–love it! Pinned.


Kim P November 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

This looks glorious – no one in my family likes pumpkin pie – we always have chocolate cream pie –


Julia November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

Hello, could you recommend a bourbon to use? Thank you! This looks absolutely fantastic!


jenna November 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

I used Knob Creek but anything would work. Makers Mark would also be great!


Caroline L. November 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

So good! I do love pumpkin pie, but I can always fit another pie in my life and on my table! 🙂


deva November 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

This sounds and looks divine! I love pecan pie – I’ve never had it with chocolate :-)!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

We’re having a Friends-giving dinner next weekend, and I may need to make this!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} November 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

Yesss, I have been looking forward to this recipe since you instagrammed the pre-baked pie last week! Hoping I can convince my fam to go for it at Thanksgiving.


Angie November 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

Any modifications for subbing out corn syrup for an alternative?


jenna November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

You really need the corn syrup in this one!


Averie @ Averie Cooks November 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

The pie looks amazing! I don’t love pecans that much but love the gooey part of the filling of pecan pie filling…and this looks so wonderful. With bourbon. And chocolate. Pinned!


Leanne T November 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

I didn’t like Pumpkin Pie either until….I was pregnant with my second child!!! Now I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without it. So there is still hope! But in the meantime dang, does this pie sound delicious!


Kammie @ Sensual Appeal November 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Ohh my goodness- I can’t even process how amazing this must be right now. Chocolate with bourbon? I am in heaven. My goodness…


sahrish November 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

is it possible to do this without the bourbon??


jenna November 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

yes! Just substitute water for the bourbon if you want.


Laura November 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks incredible. I think I might make it this weekend!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

WHOA! This pie looks craaaaazy delicious!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe November 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

There is absolutely nothing here not to like! YUM.


Stacia November 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Why do you prick the bottom of a crust with a fork? I’ve made this pie before, it’s amazing 🙂


jenna November 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

It lets out steam and makes it so the crust doesn’t puff up in the center and cooks through evenly.


Allyson November 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This looks amazing…please let us know what chocolate “chips” you used 🙂


Jenn November 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

This is so what I’m making to take to our Kentucky Thanksgiving! Perfect! And, congratulations, btw! I’m so excited for you and Adam and Baby Beaugh!


Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent November 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

This pie looks delicious, and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing 🙂


Nicole November 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Oh my gosh, yum. I am making this pie this weekend!


Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists November 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. is right!


Joshua Hampton November 13, 2013 at 5:28 am

Chocolate and bourbon in a pie. You just made my day. Thank you!


Amy R November 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

Jenna, this looks amazing 🙂 We’re doing our Thanksgiving celebration a little early this year (my sis is a nurse and has to work on the 28th), and we’re celebrating this weekend. I am totally bringing this pie to the table!


Rosey Rebecca November 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

I love immaculate baking company! Their cookies are so yum! As for this pie, I nearly exploded when I saw it. No joke. Thanks for the recipe. I’m off to bake and eat five of them in one sitting.


Ryane November 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm


This is easy enough to make out into mini’s or tarts you think? If I did the same pie crust but with a tart pan? Would I need to adjust the heat/timing much?



Liz {What Dress Code?} November 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Yummmm, I made a very similar version of this pie for a post last year, and it was one of the tastiest, most indulgent creations. Ever. In the best way!


Budget Hotel Pune November 14, 2013 at 3:01 am

Very Nice, thanks for sharing with us..


Emily November 15, 2013 at 6:18 am

Just made this last night – it was amazing! My husband licked his plate clean. Traditionally, we never had pecan pie at Thanksgiving, but I think I’ll bring this to dinner this year – I know it’ll be a hit! 🙂


Mia November 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yummmmy!!!! I don’t really like alcohol in my desserts, so could I sub it out or leave it out altogether?


jenna November 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

You can substitute water if you like!


Georgina November 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

So excited to try this! Do u recommend light or dark corn syrup?


jenna November 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Either is fine!


Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes November 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

Oh my gosh. This looks like HEAVEN…dangerously good!


Nadine November 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Made this for Friendsgiving and it was a hit! And SO easy (I’ve never made pecan pie before). Be warned, it’s very chocolatey . . . which isn’t a bad thing. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.


Karen @ Sunnytropic November 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Just made this tonight; can’t wait to break into it tomorrow!


Helen November 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I made this tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow…but I couldn’t wait! I HAD to try it and this pie is amazing! I am a pecan pie lover, but this is the best pecan pie I have ever had! I added a little more pecans and chocolate chips, I like just enough jelly filling to hold the pecans together, and it turned out great! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I will definitly be making this again!!!!


CC November 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I made this pie for tomorrow and am so excited to try it! What’s the best way to store it?


Shannan December 5, 2013 at 12:09 am

I had a blast making this pie – I changed just a few things, and loved having it for inspiration for my blog’s Test Kitchen Tuesdays. Happy holidays and thank you!


Kara December 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! All of your recipes I’ve tried have been so delicious. Keep them coming; your blog has replaced all my cookbooks and pinterest recipes. Congrats on baby Beaugh!


Rebecca March 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I made this last night to take as we visit our best friends and meet the precious daughter they just adopted! I melted half the chocolate with the butter so that the filling would be chocolate-y as well. It smelled divine, baked just like expected, and I can’t wait to dig in!


Laura May 4, 2014 at 6:02 am

I made this pie yesterday for a derby party. My brother in law said it was the best pie he’s ever had! Thanks Jenna!


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