Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup!)

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This is the best chocolate chip pecan pie to bring to Thanksgiving, made from scratch with brown butter, maple syrup, honey, and pecans. This is an all-natural, no corn syrup recipe, and the chocolate chips are optional— leave them out for a classic pecan pie.


  • 1 blind-baked sourdough pie crust
  • 2 and 1/2 cups shelled pecans (halves)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (240ml) pure maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Brown the butter in a small saucepan until bubbly, and a dark golden color. Stir it continuously, careful not to burn it. Once it is medium golden brown, Remove from heat and allow the butter to cool completely to room temperature.
  3. Spread the pecans and sprinkle then chocolate chips evenly inside the blind-baked pie crust*. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the browned butter, brown sugar, flour, and starch in a large bowl until combined and thick.
  5. Whisk in the vanilla extract, salt, eggs, pure maple syrup, and honey until combined (I use a hand mixer for this part).
  6. Pour evenly over pecans and chocolate chips. Gently submerge any pecans that float with a fork to coat them in the mixture.
  7. Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes on the middle rack. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, check the pie. Tent a piece of aluminum foil over the whole pie if the top is browning too quickly. (you should place the pie pan directly in the oven. Some people like to put the pie pan on a sheet pan to prevent messes. If you do this, you may need to bake a little longer. You’ll know the pie is done when it doesn’t jiggle)
  8. Remove the pecan pie from the oven and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the top.
  9. Place the pie dish on a wire rack to cool completely. The pie filling will set as it cools, so do not slice it until it has cooled for a few hours.
  10. Slice and serve the pie at room temperature.
  11. Cover and store leftover pie at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.


To blind bake a pie crust: Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Flute or crimp the pie crust edges and brush with egg wash. Chill for 20 minutes in the freezer (the crust will shrink if you do not chill it first). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the chilled pie crust with parchment paper. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the pie crust from the oven and carefully lift the parchment paper (with the weights) out of the pie.

Keywords: pecan, pie, thanksgiving