An amazing pecan pie with Jack Daniels as the secret ingredient
Traditions. It’s what the holidays are all about. Regardless of exactly how you celebrate, chances are pretty good that you enjoy your own holiday traditions each and every year.
Seeing family, exchanging gifts, decorating the home, holiday music…they’re all great traditions. But one of my favorite traditions is the fabulous food!
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I won’t lie, I like to eat good food. Who doesn’t? And since I live in the South, the food is usually the star attraction of any get together. At Thanksgiving we always have the traditional turkey and dressing with all the fixins. And we ALWAYS have way too much food. Desserts are no exception.
But nobody around here is complaining! Our traditional Thanksgiving desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies and usually a couple of other goodies to fatten us up for the winter months.
Each year I make at least 2 pecan pies for Thanksgiving and have been doing so for 20 years or more. Somehow I got started with it and now it’s expected. I use fresh Georgia pecans and a secret ingredient…Tennessee whiskey. Jack Daniels to be exact. The pride of Tennessee.
Very appropriate since I’ve lived in Tennessee for my entire life. I’ve used rum before and it’s also a great addition. And no, you don’t taste the alcohol.
Confession: I don’t actually drink Jack Daniels, but I love to cook with it. I’ve made whiskey cakes before and they’re wonderful. If you don’t want a bottle this size, you can probably find the mini bottles at your local liquor store.
Below is how the pie(s) should look before going into the oven. I suggest placing them on a baking sheet to catch anything that bubbles over the edge. It will keep your oven clean. Just be sure to leave a little space between the pies for better air circulation.
Here are the finished pies.
And here’s how the yummy inside looks. Yes, of course I ate the piece that used to be in this spot and it was like a little slice of heaven.
Do you have any holiday traditions that you love? A favorite holiday dish? I’d love to hear about it!
Want another great pecan pie recipe?
I tweaked this one and added salty caramel whiskey and it’s the best pie I ever ate. Seriously. Get the recipe here → Salty Caramel Pecan Pie
for pie lovers
Here’s the recipe:
(The original version is from Southern Living, but I tweaked it by adding the Jack Daniels)
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Yield: 1 9″ pie
Pecan Pie with Jack Daniels
A dash of whiskey added to this classic pecan pie recipe will make it one of your favorites.
prep time: 45 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 100 mins
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (I always use salted butter)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pastry shell
- 1 to 1 1/4 cups pecan halves *I highly recommend Georgia pecans. It’s worth the extra expense*
- 3 tablespoons Jack Daniels Whiskey
Preheat oven to 325.
Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves (about 25 minutes).
- Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes
- Add eggs slowly, whisking as you add them. Add the whiskey after the eggs have been mixed in well.
- Add vanilla, and salt to mixture
- Pour filling into unbaked pastry shell and top with pecan halves.
- Bake at 325 for 50 to 55 minutes. Serve warm or cold.
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*Note – Since this recipe takes a couple of hours and also because it’s so popular with my family, I ALWAYS make 2 pies. I simply double the recipe.