#Recipe: Brown Butter Vanilla Pecan Pie

by Melissa on November 20, 2012

As promised, I have a recipe for you! Actually, I have one for Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Pie, Buttered Pecan Vanilla Cranberry Sauce, and Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins, too.

I feel totally guilty posting dessert recipes like this on a blog where I’m all about healthy eating…

…but moderation is key!!!

Thanksgiving should be enjoyed, guilt-free, in moderation and not looked at as a “cheat day”. The word cheat automatically makes you feel guilty and feeling guilty about food should never occur if you’re practicing moderation and live a healthy lifestyle. Right?

So here…have a slice of this. 😉

#Recipe: Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Pecan Pie

#Recipe: Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Pecan Pie


  • 6 tbs. sweet cream, salted butter
  • 1 C. packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 C. light corn syrup
  • 2 cups chopped, roasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your pie crust by placing the dish on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to be folded up over the edges of the pie crust. This will prevent the crust from being burned while the filling bakes.
  3. In medium saucepan, brown the butter by bringing it to a simmer and stirring it constantly until it becomes very light brown.
  4. Remove the butter from the heat immediately. It will continue to brown.
  5. In the same saucepan, add the brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring this to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and continue to let it simmer for roughly one (1) minute.
  6. Remove from the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste and pecans.
  7. Set the mixture aside to cool.
  8. Whisk in the eggs, which must be beaten, into the filling. Whisk the mixture until smooth.
  9. Pour the filling into the pie crust.
  10. Bake on the lower oven rack for about 45 minutes, or until the edges are set (turning into a bubbly caramel). The center should be less “cooked” looking.
  11. Cool on a rack. Serve slightly warm or room temperature.

If you need a pie crust recipe, you can find one here. I may or may not use a frozen pie crust from time to time, too…


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