Recipe prepared by Holly Chute, Georgia Grown / Department of Agriculture 

Pecan pie, a staple holiday dessert, can become a fancy option by simply adding bourbon – yes we mean bourbon.

Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

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Serves: 8 slices

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 recipe pie dough, recipe follows
  • Bourbon Whipped Cream for serving, recipe follows
  1. Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. When thoroughly combined, stir in the pecans.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your chilled dough and fit into a 9” pie plate. Pour the pecan filling into the prepared pie plate. Place the pie on a sheet tray to bake.
  4. Place the pie in your preheated oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Serve with Bourbon Whipped Cream
  6. Makes 8 slices


Pie Crust
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water
  1. In a food processor mix the flour and salt. Add the vegetable shortening and butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles.
  2. Add ice water and pulse until just combined. Chill until needed.
Bourbon Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  1. Whisk heavy cream and sugar to soft peaks. Stir in the bourbon and continue whisking to stiff peaks.