A Thanksgiving Tradition: Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie

This bourbon and chocolate pecan pie recipe is the thing that Thanksgiving dessert dreams are made of! Deliciously decadent and full of flavor, this is the best dessert you’ll serve this holiday! 

(Thanks to Signature by Levi Strauss and Co. for sponsoring this post.)

Jen holding a bourbon and chocolate pecan pie

My mom, sisters, and I have an ongoing group text. At any given time, you’ll find us chatting about everything from politics and the local news to the latest décor item that my mom spotted in a model home and wants our opinion on. Last week we were lining up our December calendars—cookie exchange on the 12th, holiday bazaar on the 15th, Santa party for the kids on the 19th, and Christmas Eve tamales that we host at our house, of course on the 24th. Traditions, all of them. Some date back so far into my own childhood that I can barely remember their inception. Some are just a few years old. Each of them part of our family narrative.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, plotting and planning who will bring the green bean casserole and who the potatoes au gratin, I already know it is I who will make the pies, and this bourbon and chocolate pie will definitely be making an appearance!

A slice of bourbon and chocolate pecan pie on a blue plate

How to Make Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Roll the pie dough into a large disk, crimp the edges and refrigerate while the oven preheats.
  3. Line the crust with foil and fill the foil with dried beans or pie weights. Bake the crust until the dough is almost set, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans and continue baking until the dough is set and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Reduce the heat to 325°F.
  4. While the crust is baking, toast your pecans over medium high heat until fragrant and just beginning to brown. Coarsely chop the nuts and pour them into the baked crust when it comes out of the oven.
  5. Combine the butter and chocolate in a large bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Add the brown sugar, honey, vanilla, bourbon and salt. Mix until blended. Whisk in the eggs.
  7. Pour the filling over the pecans and bake until the filling is set, about 20 minutes. The filling will still wiggle a bit when it’s ready.
  8. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Jen making the pie crust in the kitchen Close up of pressing the pie dough into the dish Hands preparing the pie dough in the dish Making the pie crust in the kitchen

One year in college I splurged on a Bon Appetit mag while in line to check out for groceries and became enamored with the carefully woven tops of the fruit-filled pies that filled the cover. Could it be that hard? After all, there was a recipe inside. The Thanksgivings that followed always included my adventures in pie baking. It’s kind of my thing now.

And my favorite pie of all?

This Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. It’s not that I don’t love the strawberry rhubarb or the maple pumpkin, but the pecan has a special place in my heart. It reminds me of my grandmother. At some point during my childhood, she got it in her head that pecan pie was my favorite and was thus never without one. Thanksgiving? Pecan Pie. Birthday? Pecan Pie. College graduation? Pecan Pie and an extra for the freezer. Somewhere along the way it actually did become my favorite. It reminded me of her. A self-fulfilling prophecy, one might argue.

Egg shells on the kitchen counterThe kitchen counter after making the pie dough for the bourbon and chocolate pecan pieA baked bourbon and chocolate pecan pie being held in a pie dish

A twist on a traditional pecan pie recipe

This is not her recipe. This one is all mine. It’s the past and tradition of what she shared with me, with my own twist—the bourbon and the chocolate. (Leave it to me to make something boozy and extra decadent!) That’s the thing about traditions, though. We get to take what we love from our past and marry them with pieces from our present day.

The same is true for style.  When you’re getting dressed, you can take your favorite tried and true jeans, like these Signature by Levi Strauss and Co.High Rise Ankle jeans and combine them with an elegant floral top for a look that’s rooted in your personal style but a little extra elevated for a special holiday. Sure I may have worn these jeans to our neighbor’s house for the football game last weekend, but I feel great wearing them for special events, too. You can top this look with your favorite silk duster for a look that’s a little boho, a leather jacket for something edgier, and a tweed blazer gives it that perfect dose of prep. Mix and match the top combinations at your leisure, just be sure to stick with your favorite denim on the bottom.

Placing the bourbon and chocolate pecan pie on a table

Southern chocolate pecan pie recipe

I love the addition of bourbon and chocolate in this traditional pecan pie recipe. It’s so deliciously decadent and it has become a firm favorite with our family and friends over the holiday season. It’s so straight forward to make, I just know you are going to love it!

A slice of bourbon and chocolate pecan pie on a plate with a cup of coffee

Top Tips to Make Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • If you are short on time, you can use a pre-made pie crust, and obviously gluten-free if you or anyone in your family has intolerances.
  • Bake the pie in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the pie sit for 20 minutes before serving it.
  • Serve on it’s own or with ice cream!

A plate of bourbon and chocolate pecan pie on a table Jen in the kitchen holding the chocolate and pecan pie

Be sure to check out these other delicious dessert recipes!

Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Gluten Free Carrot Bundt Cake with Coconut

Blueberry Hand Pies with Lavender (Gluten Free and Paleo!)

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Donuts with Goat Cheese Glaze

I would love t0 hear form you if you’ve made this bourbon and chocolate pecan pie – be sure to leave me a star rating and a comment below!

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Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie with Buttery Crust

  • Author: Jen Pinkston
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A delicious pie that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Crust (this is my favorite recipe!)
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Roll the pie dough into a large disk, crimp the edges and refrigerate while the oven preheats.
  3. Line the crust with foil and fill the foil with dried beans or pie weights. Bake the crust until the dough is almost set, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans and continue baking until the dough is set and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Reduce the heat to 325°F.
  4. While the crust is baking, toast your pecans over medium high heat until fragrant and just beginning to brown. Coarsely chop the nuts and pour them into the baked crust when it comes out of the oven.
  5. Combine the butter and chocolate in a large bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Add the brown sugar, honey, vanilla, bourbon and salt. Mix until blended. Whisk in the eggs.
  7. Pour the filling over the pecans and bake until the filling is set, about 20 minutes. The filling will still wiggle a bit when it’s ready.
  8. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Keywords: bourbon pecan pie, chocolate and pecan pie, thanksgiving pie recipe

Jen holding the chocolate and bourbon pecan pie in an orange dish

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  1. OMG this looks so good!! I love pecan pie but I’ve never had chocolate pecan pie!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/18/2018

      Oh you have to try it! The chocolate adds such a nice twist to the pecan!