November 13, 2021

Maple pecan pie

Finished baked maple pecan pie.

Pecan pie is upgraded with the addition of maple syrup for a delicious Thanksgiving or fall dessert. This pie smells so good and is gooey and decadent.

Most pecan pie recipes use light corn syrup, but I like to use real maple syrup in place of that to make my pie. It makes a deeper flavor and a very rich pie. 

We live in an area where maple syrup is made, including at one of our relative's homes. So, real maple syrup is something we always have around. Maple syrup is expensive though, and you need a full cup for this pie. It's a yearly treat for us at Thanksgiving that everyone looks forward to enjoying.

When choosing your maple syrup to bake with, you want to get the "dark" or, better yet, "very dark" grade. This used to be called "Grade B" maple syrup. This syrup is made later in the season and it has a stronger maple flavor, making it the best choice for baking and cooking to get maple flavor into your recipe.

In this recipe I also use sometimes use granulated maple sugar; however, you can use regular granulated sugar. The maple sugar may add a bit more maple flavor, but is not necessary. Maple sugar is much more expensive, so this is absolutely optional.

The maple flavor in this pie is not very strong. If you want a stronger maple flavor, you could add a dash of maple extract to the filling.

Maple pecan pie with fall leaves.

One of the key steps for making any pecan pie is to lightly toast the pecans before adding them to the pie filling. This helps to make them more flavorful and a bit more crunchy. Plus, it makes them really smell lovely. I do the same when I make this Honey Walnut Pie.

When making my pies, I like to use this pie crust recipe that I detail in this post for apple crumb pie. However, you can use whatever single pie crust recipe you prefer, or grab a store bought crust. 

This pie makes a frequent appearance at our Thanksgiving dessert table. It's always a hit with everyone. It is a great pie for making all autumn and winter long when you need a lovely dessert to serve. 

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Yield: 8 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is upgraded with the addition of maple syrup for a delicious Thanksgiving or fall dessert. This pie smells so good and is gooey and decadent.


  • 1 single pie crust recipe
  • 1-1/4 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or granulated maple sugar if you have it)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup (dark or very dark, if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake just until fragrant and lightly toasted. Remove, set aside, and bump up the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Fit the pie crust to a 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Then whisk in the maple sugar and brown sugar until dissolved. Stir in the maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt until combined. Then stir in the pecans.
  5. Pour into the unbaked pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until the pie puffs slightly, the pecans are golden, and the pie is set, about 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and refrigerate until serving time.
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Finished maple pecan pie in a baking dish.

This recipe was originally published in 2012 and has been updated with new text, photos, a recipe card, and more in 2022 to improve reader experience.

Check out these other pie recipes:

Pear Almond Crumble Pie

Maple Cream Pie

Carrot Pie

Cranberry Custard Pie

Shoofly Pie 


  1. Great tip on using grade b how stuffed full of pecans your pie is!!!

  2. Pecan pie is my favorite! This looks so amazing

  3. Literally my favourite pie ever. And I haven't been able to find any in stores in the UK or in Europe- it's the typical American and Canadian dessert that I have been craving SO badly. And yours looks so phenomenal I think I'll have to finally make it with your recipe!

  4. Wow! What a great thanksgiving treat! Love both maple syrup & pecan! Gosh! This is making me hungry ! I must try this out ASAP! :)

  5. Being Canadian, I am partial to maple sugar and maple syrup! This is such a beautiful pie...makes me want to do a happy dance!

  6. I will be making this pie for Christmas. I love anything with pecans, but especially a pecan pie when it is baked right. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I absolutely love pecan pie. It's funny - it didn't even occur to me to make one this year though! I guess I'll have to bookmark this for our Christmas dinner, instead! xo

  8. this pecan pie sounds sooooo delicious, i love the maple syrup in here!

  9. I made a Maple Pecan pie this year, too...and it was SO slammin'! I can just imagine how quickly this went - it looks fantastic.

  10. I've never made pecan pie, but I've craved it ever since I saw it on True blood! This look truly fabulous, the picture is gorgeous. I'm not surprised it was snapped up so quickly!

  11. I choose maple syrup over corn syrup any day! This sounds amazing!!

  12. I've never made a pecan pie before. Now seeing yours, I crave to bake one too.

  13. You can't go wrong with a perfect pecan pie, and yours truly does look perfect! Yum!!

  14. I love pecan pie and this variation looks and sounds delicious!

  15. I love pecan pie so much, I sometimes buy those little wrapped ones at the 7-11 when I don't feel like baking one. Let me tell I need to bake one because your recipe with maple is driving me crazy! It looks awesome!

  16. Pecan pie is my favorite - I love that you used maple syrup! I bet is was heavenly! We must be on the same wavelength because I made a walnut pie w/ honey.

  17. Must try to bake this pie soon, it looks marvelous and I love pecans and honey!

  18. I am dying to make a pecan pie and your use of maple sounds so good! On my to do list for sure! Might be January though, I'm a little behind!

  19. YES! I need to change up my pecan pie <3

  20. Sounds so yummy! I might need to make this pie this year :)

  21. Yes! The maple syrup really adds great flavor to a pecan pie and great tip on toasting the pecans a bit too!

  22. Pecan pie is by far my most favorite pie! Just wish it weren't the pie with the most calories per serving. I love your use of maple syrup instead of Karo. What a wonderful and tasty pie!


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