Chocolate chunks and crunchy pecans swirl together with a traditional flaky pie crust in this decadent Rich Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Did you know that today is Canadian Thanksgiving? If you’re from Canada, I bet you’re acutely aware of the wonderful, hopefully relaxing break from school or work.
If you’re American or in a country where today isn’t a holiday, you’re probably confused about your international friends posting on social media about it, then having a mini panic attack thinking you suddenly catapulted into the future and it’s now American Thanksgiving more than a month later.
. . . Right? That’s obviously what you were thinking.
Thanksgiving, at its core, is about giving thanks to anybody and anything that makes a great meal with friends and family possible. It’s supposed to be a time of reflection and kinship, all tied together by a huge, delicious meal that sends you straight into a turkey coma even before you reach the final course.
With my family, we usually have Thanksgiving at my parent’s house with our small extended family. This year though, as I live 5+ hours away by car, my parents are coming up to see me and are renting a lakefront cottage in nearby Québec, Canada’s French-speaking province. If you’re reading this on the day it’s posted, I’m most likely huddled inside a large blanket on the porch, reading a good book. Just the way it should be.
When I told my mom I was going to make this rich chocolate pecan pie as my Canadian Thanksgiving-inspired dessert, she immediately deemed it a good idea. Pecans are insanely expensive in Canada (maybe everywhere else too?) and she said when you receive a pecan pie as a gift, you cherish it. That’s a nice way to look at it!
Just as it says in the recipe title, this rich chocolate pecan pie is indeed rich. A small slice is all you need to feel full and happy from all the delicious nutty, chocolatey and sugary flavours. While pecan pies sometimes get a bad rep for being extremely calorie-dense, you’ll be happy to know this pie is slightly healthier than most. No butter or excessive corn syrup here, folks!
Taking a bite of this rich chocolate pecan pie is like transporting yourself to grandma’s kitchen. This little pie packs a big punch of full-bodied pecan crunch, hearty chocolate chunks and smooth corn syrup filling, held together by the comforting flake of a traditional pie crust. Chocoholics and lovers of classic pecan pie both will appreciate the blending of flavours into one special, holiday-themed pie sure to be your family’s next go-to dessert.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Total Cost = $8.92 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 2 store-bought refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 cup halved pecans
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 eggs, beaten
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup corn syrup
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Unroll the first refrigerated pie crust and cover a pie plate. Unroll the second crust on a flat surface and cut out shapes (leaves, hearts, etc.) and place around the edge of the first crust, pressing light to secure them together.
- Combine the halved pecans and chocolate chips in a bowl, then spread onto the bottom of the pie crust evenly.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth and lump-free with a fork or whisk.
- Pour the mixture over the pecans and chocolate chips evenly.
- Cover the pie's edges with tin foil to protect from burning. Bake pie in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges and slightly soft in the middle. Let sit for at least 3 hours or overnight at room temperature to set. Yields 11 small slices or 7 large ones.
Recipe adapted from the Food Network.
2 store-bought refrigerated pie crusts = $2.97
1 cup halved pecans = $2.50
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips = $2.24
4 eggs, beaten = $0.60
1/3 cup granulated sugar = $0.06
1/3 cup brown sugar = $0.15
1/3 cup corn syrup = $0.32
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract = $0.07
Pinch of salt = $0.01