Candied Pecan Pie #BakingADifference

#BakingADifference Candied Pecan Pie Recipe

This year Fleischmann’s® Yeast, Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® Baking Mixes and Karo® Syrup – trusted baking products that have helped people create beautiful homemade bread, baked goods and delicious desserts for more than 100 years – are launching the Baking A Difference campaign to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to help end childhood hunger in America through the power of baking.

To inspire people to make a difference for No Kid Hungry when they participate in the Baking A Difference campaign, Fleischmann’s® Yeast, Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® Baking Mixes and Karo® Syrup have partnered with America’s Test Kitchen and Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker blog, to create baking tips and unique twists on classic recipes to encourage more bakers to bake a difference.

#BakingADifference Candied Pecan Pie Recipe

When I was asked to participate, I couldn’t say no. While I don’t have any children, I live and work in a community where there are families struggling to put meals on the table. Any time I can help shed light on an important cause, I definitely will. Plus, I hope to share my Baking A Difference creations here in Beeville by baking some goodies for local organizations to share with families in need.

My task was to recreate a holiday staple…classic pecan pie! I was trying to think of how to put a Monica twist on something so classic, and at first I thought of a pecan cheesecake. But, that’s not really me. What is very Monica are candied pecans. I’ll never forget the first Christmas dinner after we bought our house, we had tons of people over. I was bestowed with a pound of pecans, and I quickly made some candied pecans using some simple ingredients. I just kind of winged it.

People could not get enough. I remember my father-in-law and other men just huddled around my dining table scarfing down my candied pecans. I’ve made them every year since then, and they’re always a huge hit.

So, now I brought those same flavor profiles to a traditional pecan pie. It might look like a normal pecan pie, but the addition of some honey, cinnamon, and salt elevates the flavor profile to something a little more sophisticated. The great news? My additions don’t add any extra time or work. Well…I did make a cinnamon whipped cream, but it’s totally optional. I think every dessert is better with some homemade whipped cream.

Candied Pecan Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 60-70 minutes

Cool/Chill Time: 2 hours


-1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup

-3 eggs

-3/4 cup sugar

-1 tablespoon butter, melted

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

-1 teaspoon salt

-2 teaspoons of honey

-6 ounces of halved pecans

-9-inch deep dish pie crust (frozen)

How-To Steps:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, mix together the Karo syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and honey until everything is mixed together well.

3. Add in pecans and mix until the pecans are well coated.

4. Pour your filling mixture into a frozen 9-inch deep dish pie crust and pop into the oven.

5. Your pie is done once the internal temperature of the pie reaches 200 degrees in the center.

6. Let your pie cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours OR you can place it into the fridge for about an hour. The filling is super hot, so let it cool down before serving.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes


-1 cup heavy whipping cream

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1 tablespoon of confectioner’s/powdered sugar

How-To Steps:

1. Pour heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, and powdered sugar into a glass bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients together until soft peaks form. Add more powdered sugar/cinnamon to taste.

2. Chill until ready to use. I recommend making the cinnamon whipped cream when your pie has about 15-20 minutes left of baking time.

The result is a pecan pie that is sweet, yet has a hint of saltiness. Plus, the creaminess of the homemade whipped cream is just divine. I guess this means I’ll have to make candied pecans AND candied pecan pie for the family to enjoy.

#BakingADifference Candied Pecan Pie Recipe

I also added a dash of cinnamon over the whipped cream for a more intense cinnamon flavor. The flavors also remind me of a sticky pecan bun.

#BakingADifference Candied Pecan Pie Recipe

I also have an awesome giveaway to help you participate in Baking a Difference! One lucky winner in the USA will win:

Stoneware pie dish from Sur La Table

Pie server from Sur La Table

Owl pot/oven mitts from Sur La Table

-Karo® Syrup & Fleischmann’s® Yeast.

-The entire line of new Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade boxed bread mixes (including the new Pretzel Creations!)

Value: About $70+

You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Contest runs from now until November 30. I will personally mail the prize pack (or deliver if it’s a semi-close drive!) Good luck!

Bakers can help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America by participating in the Baking A Difference campaign online via the 12 Days of #BakingADifference promotion on Facebook in December. Bakers can also share their recipe images of classic Fleischmann’s® Yeast and Karo® Syrup recipes using the #BakingADifference hashtag on all Fleischmann’s® Yeast and Karo® Syrup Facebook channels for a chance to be included in the Baking A Difference e-cookbook with Joy the Baker at and

How could you help the #BakingADifference campaign?



  1. Jessica Mazone
    November 22, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    I think baking is a great way to help those in need. I think donating fresh baked goods to our local shelters would help put a smile on people's faces.

  2. Tessy Fuller
    November 22, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    Join the campaign and post a recipe using the hashtag #bakingadifference

  3. DLN
    November 22, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    The pie looks delicious. I'll have to try making candied pecans this holiday season.

  4. Alvina Castro
    November 23, 2013 / 12:22 am

    I could help in the #BakingADifference campaign by sharing the information and by baking along.

  5. Pilar Hernandez
    November 23, 2013 / 3:09 am

    I love the idea of baking for a good cause like BakingADifference

  6. Melanie | Qué Means What
    November 23, 2013 / 5:23 am

    Since I don't have any recipes of my own, I could help by sharing the love and hashtag online!

  7. Rocio Chavez
    November 23, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    Love the concept of #BakingaDifference!!! Totally jumping on the band wagon 🙂

  8. Chicha
    November 24, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    I would participate in the #BakingaDifference campaign and encourage family and friends to do the same.

  9. Susan C
    November 25, 2013 / 5:36 am

    I love to bake and it would be great to donate to local organizations. I am calling the shelters tomorrow to see if they take home baked goodies.

  10. Julie
    November 25, 2013 / 10:24 am

    I would bake with my sister make it a joint [email protected]

  11. Candy
    November 25, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    What a wonderful campaign! I am planning on baking cookies for soldiers this holiday season.

  12. Becky M
    November 26, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    This looks unbelievable! I'm craving it now!

  13. Michelle Hernandez
    November 26, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I can definitely spread the work about #BakingaDifference. I love that they are working with No Kid Hungry!

  14. Showstoppers
    November 28, 2013 / 2:58 am

    Can't wait to try this recipe and share at a holiday party

  15. Denise
    November 28, 2013 / 6:38 am

    I'm definitely in for the #BakingaDifference campaign. It's a great cause and I can share on social media.