Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pecan Pie

There are two great pecan pie debates:

1) Is it pronounced “pa-KAHN” or “PEE-can”? (clearly, it’s “pa-KAHN”)

2) To chocolate chip, or not to chocolate chip?

Number 2 is where our house is divided. Chad grew up with pecan pies sans chocolate chips, while I maintain that it’s not worth eating without them. I do all of the baking, so you can guess who won that one!

I can't recall a holiday season without pecan pie. My mom has baked one every year since I can remember. As a kid I was very skeptical of how something so pecan-centric could qualify as a dessert; it felt like a trick akin to putting cheese on broccoli to get me to eat my vegetables. Once I discovered the underlying syrupy, chocolate-speckled filling, it was game-over. This recipe deviates from my mom's original, especially with the addition of bourbon, but it still feels so nostalgic. I sipped on some Buffalo Trace with my slice (since I had it out for the pie recipe anyways), and I think the nutty, buttery flavor of the pecans paired perfectly.  

You can enjoy this pie plain and get all of the subtle bourbon flavors, you can top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or you can finish it off with this Bourbon Cream Infused Whipped Cream (which is my personal favorite).

 

 

Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pecan Pie
6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp. bourbon
  • 3/4 c. dark corn syrup
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1 ½ c. chopped pecans

 

*You can dial it back to a 1/2 c. if you want it to be a little less chocolatey

 

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350F, grease your pie dish, and prepare your pie crust

2 In a medium-large bowl, beat the eggs briefly with a mixer until smooth, then add both of the sugars and mix to combine

3 Mix in the bourbon, dark corn syrup, melted butter, and salt

4 Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans

5 Pour the mixture into the prepared pie dish

6 Bake for 45-50 minutes, allow to cool before serving

 

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Sara Ahlgrim Perkins
Sara Ahlgrim 
Co-founder of It's Bourbon Night & Whiskey Ambitions