The Best Cream Cheese Pecan Pie

This Cream Cheese Pecan Pie is a twist on the traditional version. It has all the same flavors along with a sweet cream cheese filling that takes this pie to the next level. The pie you will ever need during the holiday season!

Holiday’s just wouldn’t be the same without my mom’s Cream Cheese Pecan Pie. In all seriousness, I will dream about this pie as the holiday season approaches. This pie includes all the traditional ingredients, but with a cream filling spin. I hate to tell you, but this recipe is the real deal and isn’t considered healthy. Although you won’t find this in your Keto or Paleo diet, I can guarantee it is sure worth the splurge.

Creamy Pecan Pie

For this pie, mom always just buys store bought pie crust. She doesn’t go over the top with the crust, because the actual magic is in the filling. Don’t feel you have to get too caught up in homemade everything. Save time and just buy the store-bought crust. It will make this pie even cheaper to make.

Creamy Pecan Pie

This Cream Cheese Pecan Pie is super simple and takes minimal ingredients. I bet you probably already have everything you need to make this in your fridge and pantry. It takes only 10 ingredients: store bought pie crust, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, Kayro syrup, pecans, salt and cream cheese.

Creamy Pecan Pie
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TIPS FOR THIS CREAM CHEESE PECAN PIE:

  • Always fork the pie crust. Use a fork to pierce the crust once you form it to the pan. This will allow the pie crust to cook evenly.
  • Make sure to spray the pie glass dish or pie pan with cooking spray before forming the pie crust into the pan. This will allow you to cut and remove the piece of pie without it sticking to the pan.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This will mix evenly and more consistently if at room temperature.
  • Use the food processor to chop the pecans. Pulse it a few times to get the perfect chopped pecans so that it covers the cream filling evenly.
  • During the first 20 minutes of cooking the pie, watch to make sure the crust is golden. Once golden, spray nonstick cooking pray on the back of a large piece of aluminum foil and place over the pie so the crust doesn’t burn or brown too much. Spraying the cooking spray on the foil will allow it to not stick to the pie. It will be easy to remove once pie is completely cooked.
  • After 35-40 minutes, shake the pie to ensure it does not jiggle and that it is set.
  • Once cooked, allow to cool completely to room temperature before cutting and serving. This will allow the middle to set up properly and become firm.

TRUST THE PROCESS:

WHAT STORE BOUGHT PIE CRUST IS BEST?

  • My mom always buys the pie crust at Aldi
  • She recommends buying the refrigerated ones that you can roll out and not the frozen ones.
  • The frozen ones tend to crack and chip and don’t have a fresh taste compared to the refrigerated rolled crust.

If you are looking for a new food tradition, be sure to include this recipe in your holiday menu. It will be one that people stand in line for, so be sure to make a few pies so everyone can get a slice of love.

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Cream Cheese Pecan Pie


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

This Cream Cheese Pecan Pie is a twist on the traditional version. It has all the same flavors along with a sweet cream cheese filling that takes this pie to the next level. The pie you will ever need during the holiday season!


Ingredients

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Bottom Layer-Filling

  • 9 inch unbaked pie shell 
  • 1 (8) oz package cream cheese (soften or at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Top Layer

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. If using rolled pie dough , roll it out and  it to a 9 inch pie dish.   
  2. Bottom layer: Combine the soften cream cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and egg in a large bowl. Blend well using a hand or stand mixer at the medium speed. Transfer this mixture and spread in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse a few times. Sprinkle the top of the cream layer with the crumbled pecans.
  3. Top layer: Mix topping ingredients and blend at medium speed with a stand or hand mixer. Pour this mixture slowly over pecans.
  4. Carefully transfer the pie to the oven and bake at 375F for 45-50 minutes. As the pie is baking, keep an eye on the browning of the crust. The crust will brown nicely before the pie has completed the cooking time. When the crust is golden brown, take a sheet of aluminum foil spraying with ghee cooking spray. Lay across the top of the pie as it continues the cooking time. The pie is done when it doesn’t jiggle and is set in the middle.

Notes

  • I purchase the refrigerated rolled pie crust.  Let them sit at room temperature before you begin to roll it out in the pie pan. After rolling out and pressing the crust down around the edges of the pan, take a fork and fork many holes throughout the entire crust. 
  • I use my food processor on the pulse cycle to crumble the pecans.  This make the final pie presentation so pretty. 
  •  I will use a 9 inch pie crust and add it to a 12 inch pan just for extra room. Just so it doesn’t overflow. 
  • Allow the pie to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before topping with whip cream and serving. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pecan Pie, Cream Cheese Pecan Pie, Holiday Dessert, Pie Recipe

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Comments (16)

  • Wondering if you have ever made this pie ahead of time and frozen it? I’m trying to do as many things ahead of Thanksgiving as I can. Look forward to hearing back from you.

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    • Similar to Stacy, although I’m not looking to freeze it, but can you make this pie the day before Thanksgiving? It sounds DELICIOUS

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      • Yes! You can for sure make this pie the day before.:)

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  • Delicious! This was a huge hit and the only empty pie plate at the end of the day. ☺️

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  • I usually make traditional Pecan Pie but, this looked so good I had to try it. I loved the creamy cream cheese layer! I’m never going back to making traditional pecan pie now. This is my new favorite way and everyone loved it!

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    • This is so great to hear! Thank you.

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  • This pie is AMAZING! I took it to every single holiday gathering I had this season, from Thanksgiving meals to Christmas dinner. It was a huge hit every time! I found that the pie is at its absolute best when you make it the day before you plan to eat it. Something about sitting for a night really makes all the flavors come together perfectly.

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    • So happy to hear you love it! Thank you

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  • This was amazing! We made it because we were looking for a different take on some comfort food, and this is the pie we’ll be making every time now!

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    • Oh thats great to hear. I will certainly let my mom know you loved the pie. Thanks Lindsay, have a blessed weekend

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  • So incredibly delicious!

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  • Are there any substitutes for karo syrup?!

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  • If we make this the night before would you recommend refrigerating it because of the cream cheese layer?
    Totally making this today, can’t wait to try it! And I’m not even a pecan pie gal, this may convert me 🙂

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  • Best. Pie. Ever! This pie is delicious and it’s super easy. I like this better than traditional pecan pie because the cream cheese adds a creamy texture and also cuts the gooey sweetness. I’m never making the traditional pie again. The traditional recipes I’ve made were either under done or over baked. Try this! You won’t be disappointed!

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    • Hey Lisa! Thank you for this sweet message. You are so kind

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