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Pecan Pie :: Granola Girl Bakes

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast immensely! I honestly ate way too much and enjoyed every bite. ;) We truly have so much to be Thankful for. God is GOOD!

When a pecan pie was requested for our Thanksgiving Dinner a few days prior by my Dad, I very very eagerly offered up my services! I decided to do a “traditional” pecan pie with corn syrup{< and yes, just whispered that word ;)}. You see,  we gave up corn syrup a long time ago, striving to bake without it at all costs…. BUT it was thanksgiving and if my pie turned out distasteful due to the fact I didn’t use corn syrup… well, I would never live it down! So, I jotted “corn syrup” on my grocery list. Fast forward to the morning of thanksgiving, I wake up and start my pie only to find I forgot the corn syrup. ;) I remember I instantly thought, “No worries, by the grace of God, I can make a pecan pie without cornsyrup… and if it tastes bad I will just blame it on the fact I didn’t have corn syrup.” ;) Well, I can say God is good, and the pie was a HUGE success! A buttery crust, crunchy pecans, and sweetly rich filling baked to golden brown! If your like me, top it off with both ice-cream & freshly whipped cream, then pour a rather large mug of coffee and enjoy! ;)

Yields 1 pie! :)


  • 1 cup light brown sugar {packed}
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter {melted}
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs dark rum {optional}
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • One 9-inch deep dish pie shell {unbaked}
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs until creamy. Add the chopped pecans, melted butter, milk, flour, rum, salt and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Arrange the pecan halves on top of the pie in a circular pattern.
  2. Bake the pie for 55 minutes. Check for doneness by shaking the pan slightly. The pie should be firm with only a slight jiggle in the center!
  3. Serve with vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream or if you like me, BOTH!!
  4. Enjoy :)

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Pecan Pie :: Granola Girl Bakes“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalm 107:1

Pilgrim Pies :: Granola Girl Bakes 2

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”
Psalm 84:5

Pilgrim Pies!…… Well, I am pretty sure the pilgrims never tasted these before! ;) It has become a tradition that I make these at least once around Thanksgiving and then I blog about them! :) So, today was the day. I spotted that delightful can of organic pumpkin in the pantry that I had been saving for this very occasion, my grandpa was here to visits, and we needed a dessert!! Decadent cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two delightfully spicy pumpkin cookies! Doesn’t get much better in the pumpkin realm than this! ;)

Original Recipe Yield 12-15 “pies”


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (15oz) can Pumpkin
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 oz cream cheese – softened
  • 1/2 cup butter – softened
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 4-5 cups powder sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees .
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, and pumpkin  in large bowl. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, soda, powder, and salt until well combine.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop(my favorite kitchen tool) or large spoon, spoon 1/4 cup dollops onto ungreased cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Let cool on tray for 5 minutes then remove from tray and let  cool completely on parchment.
  4. Prepare filling. Combine all filling ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth and fluffy!
  5. Pipe filling onto 1 cookie and top with the second cookie. Continue with remaining cookies!
  6. Brew an extremely large pot of  coffee and enjoy!

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