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A holiday favorite, pecan pie is one of the easiest pies to make from scratch. Pecans are mixed in butter sugar mixture and then baked until set. This version of pecan pie adds in chocolate and caramel for a delicious Turtle Pecan Pie variation on the holiday classic.
I love planning holiday meals. My sister and I will sit down in mid-October to start planning out Thanksgiving and Christmas. We each have our favorite dishes to make and one of mine is pecan pie. Pecan pie is one of the easiest pies to make homemade. If you opt to use a store bought crust you can have a homemade pecan pie in the oven in about 5 minutes. For this version of pecan pie, I decided to add chocolate and caramel to make one fo my favorite candies, Turtles, in to a delicious holiday pie.
One of the biggest drawbacks to pecan pie is the cost. Pecans are not cheap! So I’m always looking for a way to save some money so I can still fit a homemade pecan pie in to our holiday meal budget. This time I went shopping at Dollar General to see if they had the ingredients I needed at a better price. Sure enough, Dollar General had all the ingredients I needed to make a pecan pie and at great prices. Dollar General’s shelves are already stocked with holiday cooking and baking supplies – including pecans.
I made a pretty basic pecan pie filling with butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. The recipe makes enough to fill two smaller pie shells or one large, deep dish pie. I usually make my crust from scratch so I can make a deeper pie, but this time I bought a package of frozen pie shells at Dollar General just to save some time.
Fill your crust up to the top if making one pie or divide the filling even between two pies. The filling wont expand so you can top off the pie shell. Just becareful when transporting it to the oven! I bake mine on a cookie sheet to make it easier to move in and out of the oven without spilling.
Let the pie bake for about an hour until the middle is set. You need to let it cool completely before cutting. I picked up a gold charger to serve the pie on since I’d baked it on just a tin. I htink it makes the pie look festive and fancy!
I added chocolate chips to the pie before I baked it and then drizzled it with caramel sauce to get the chocolate, caramel, pecan flavors need for a Turtle Pecan Pie. It was delicious! Check out more Dollar General Easy Meals to make your holidays delicious and simple. You can follow Dollar General on Facebook, Dollar General on Pinterest, and Dollar General on Instagram, too.
Turtle Pecan Pie
- 2 9 inch unbaked pie crust, homemade or store-bought
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 heaping cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- Homemade caramel sauce (or store bought)
- Pre-bake pie crust if the directions on the crust indicate to do so.
- In a large bowl combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, and vanilla. Mix well. Gently stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Use a minimum of 1 cup of pecans and up to 2 cups, depending on your taste. Pour into pie crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set. Let cool completely before serving.
- Slice to serve and drizzle with caramel sauce and whipped cream, if desired.
This recipe will make 2 store bought pie crusts in the tins. It will make 1 deep dish or larger pie. I prefer to fill up my pies right to the top so I usually make 1 pie and have some left over to make tarts or just a smaller pie.
Miz Helen says
Your Turtle Pecan Pie looks amazing! Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
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Judi Graber says
Pecan pies are the best – rich, expensive to make but worth it. I love all of your additions of chocolate and caramel sauce. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.
Oh my gosh…I’m drooling! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us on weeks Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesday – I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
Lee MacArthur says
Chocolate in a Pecan Pie. Yummy. Thank you for this.
Sandra L Garth says
Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I’m the only person in my family that likes pecan pie but I will have not problem eating this all by myself.
LOL! Me, too!
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
This looks so rich and delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!
Roseann Hampton says
I was looking for a new pecan pie recipe – so glad I found this!
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! I first made this in the ’60s; back then it was Called Kentucky Derby Pie, because the Brown Derby restaurant sold it during the Kentucky Derby (horse races).
I was already planning on taking it to our family Thanksgiving dinner this year. I like the fact that you doubled it for TWO pies!
TRY THIS RECIPE! YOU WILL LOVE IT! Cut small pieces… it is really rich… m.m.m.m.m.m
Thank you for sharing that fun bit of trivia! I had no idea. 🙂
Miz Helen says
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Thank you so much Miz Helen!
Miz Helen says
Your Turtle Pecan Pie looks fantastic, I really would love to have a slice of this pie. Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
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That is delicious pecan pie, I need to try it for thanks giving. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.
This pie is amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Thank you, Karly! And thanks for hosting!
That is one gorgeous looking slice of pie! Pinning and putting it on the Thanksgiving & Christmas menu this year!
Enjoy, Stephanie! It’s a fun spin on a classic.
Gentle Joy says
I LOVE pecan pie, but have never made one…
I think they are the easiest homemade pies to make! No slicing or peeling of fruit involved. 🙂
What a gorgeous pie! You took my favorite pie and used the best candy to make an even better pie! Very creative! I would love if you would share this at Celebrate It! It’s the blog party that celebrates the everyday things that we do! thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/10/celebrate-it-blog-party-13.html
Thank you for the invitation, Teri!
CD Loken says
Your pie looks so YUMMY!!! I’m definitely sharing and pinning! Thank you for linking up to The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
Thanks, CD!! It turned out amazing!
That looks so delicious! I’ve never been good at making pies, but I may have to try my hand at making a pie just so I can try this!
This one is SO easy, Valerie! I’d say it’s foolproof… but I know better! LOL
Oh my goodness! This sound so goooooood!!! We love pecan pie. Can never get enough of it during the holidays, as that’s the only time I agree to make it. I would probably be crowned Queen from my bunch if I made them this recipe:) Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe!
Thanks, Adrian! That caramel drizzle kind of takes it over the top. That pie lasted less than 2 days around here.
That looks amazing! Now you need to make my Turtle Coffee Cocktail to go with it. 😉 Yum!
Whaaatt?! YES!! I can’t say no to anything with pecans, caramel, and chocolate!