It’s my second week in Palermo, and I still have so much to explore.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

On Monday I started work, so I’ve only been able to walk around in evenings passing by new gelateria’s and pasticceria’s every few minutes. It’s amazing how big this place is and even more amazing how many foods I need to try! I can’t tell you how much fun it is though, so I’m really enjoying my “Sicilian Sundays” posts, where I share my experiences here as well as a traditional Sicilian recipe.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

Today I’m sharing a recipe for pie that is stuffed with bourbon, pecans and dark chocolate.

Essentially heaven in a buttery crust.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

Making a perfect pie is a beautiful thing. Truly. A lot of work and love go into the dough, and making sure the filling sets just right takes time. It took me years to realize that baking a pie wasn’t something I just did for anyone, they had to be someone who was special to me.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

The special someone this pie was baked for is my friend Lindsay. She got married in May, and like the laid back girl she is, she asked a few friends and family to bake desserts instead of having a giant wedding cake. I decided to take pie duty, since it’s my favorite dessert, and this was one of the special treats I baked for my girl.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

I must say, this is hands down, one of the best pies I’ve ever made. The filling is perfectly gooey like a classic pecan pie and it has chopped dark chocolate dotted on the inside making this beauty burst with flavour.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

I’m so happy I was asked to make this for such a special occasion. Weddings are so blown up these days, so it was nice to be invited to one that was completely laid back and shining with class at the same time. You can check out the pictures here, actually. I can’t look at them without bawling my eyes out.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Lindsay Loo, this one’s for you.

bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate // warm vanilla sugar

Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate

Yield: One 9-inch pie


  • 1/2 recipe pie crust (or 1 pie shell), chilled
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp good bourbon
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 heaping cup chopped pecans
  • 100g coarsely chopped dark chocolate (equivalent to one dark chocolate bar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Roll out pie crust to 1/8 inch thick, fit to 9 inch pie dish and crimp edges if desired. Chill un-baked pie crust until ready to use.
  3. To make the filling, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, salt, eggs, vanilla extract, bourbon, and melted butter in a medium bowl until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle pecans and chocolate around the bottom of the pie shell and pour the filling over the chocolate and nuts.
  5. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven on the centre rack. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes (until the pie looks puffed and jiggles uniformly).
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating (this pie is best served cold several hours after baking or the following day).


-Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

-I used The Pioneer Woman's pie crust recipe

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48 Responses to Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate

  1. This pie is so far up my alley it’s in my living room. I would eat this all. All of it! Sounds like you’re having an awesome time in Italy!

  2. I so love your friends idea to have desserts brought in instead of a cake – you are right, weddings are so blown up but this is a brilliant idea – as is this gorgeous, mouthwatering pie!!

  3. I LOVE pecan pie, and this version with dark chocolate and bourbon sounds absolutely perfect!

  4. Cheryl says:

    What! My husband would DIE over this recipe. Pecan pie on its own is heavenly enough, but adding bourbon and dark chocolate?! The description alone had my stomach literally rumbling

  5. Sues says:

    Yesss. I’m obsessed with the idea of adding dark chocolate on pecan pie. So smart!!

  6. Broma Bakery says:

    My grandfather lives in Georgia. On one trip to visit, we went to dinner at his friends’ house. The host made the most amazing chocolate pecan pie I’ve ever had. I’ve been looking for a tried and true recipe since, and I think I’ve found it here! Can’t wait to try this out 🙂

  7. I am so glad that you are enjoying Italy (how could you not – Italy is nothing short of amazing!!). This pie looks like pure bliss! 🙂 I had chocolate pecan pie once and I remember it being simply perfect! Pinned for later!

  8. This pie is a work of art, Katrina! And I agree, pies are hard, (I suck at them, frankly 😉 so ever so impressed with anyone who has mastered the art of pie.

  9. Allison says:

    I’m jealous of both your Italian adventure and this gorgeous pie! That gooey filling is perfection 🙂

  10. wow, what a nice play on the classic pecan pie. Love the surprise of chocolate chunks 🙂

  11. This pie is just perfect for holiday season!!

  12. Lovely, lovely pie! The chocolate and bourbon add so much decadence to an already amazing pie, nice work! Keep up all the Sicily stories, it’s fun living vicariously through your blog.

  13. Wow, this looks amazing. I can’t imagine a good pecan pie without bourbon, but with chocolate, too? Will definitely be making this soon.

  14. Ashley says:

    Gah, bourbon and dark chocolate? In pecan pie!! I foresee this on my thanksgiving menu this year….

  15. Amanda says:

    I love everything about this pie! So delicious!

  16. Oh BOY! I need a slice of this pie. It looks INCREDIBLE!

  17. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This sounds absolutely incredible! I love chocolate and pecans together, I can’t wait to make this pie for my next dinner party.

  18. Oh yum, that looks like such a decadent pie. The chocolate is definitely an awesome idea for a pecan pie.

  19. Elizabeth @ says:

    This is my husband’s very favorite pie! He requests it every year for his birthday–I imagine it would be such an amazing wedding dessert. And these pictures are gorgeous!

  20. Sugar et al. says:

    I have to agree with you..a pie is a lot of work. But when you bite into it, it is so worth it. This is such a beautiful pie filled with all kinds of awesome things.

  21. Your pictures here are absolutely gorgeous. I can only echo the sentiments of many other comments here…this pie looks amazing and I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  22. This DOES look like the best pie there ever was actually! Mmmmm, it seems like it would have the sort of “adult” pie flavour that as a kid would have been too strong for me, but that would go absolutely wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee now. Delicious! And that wedding sounds absolutely fantastic, just the way it should be with a good bit of charm 🙂 x

  23. This looks absolutely heavenly!! Pecan Pie is one of my favorites, but my fiance does not agree..I’m sure the addition of chocolate would completely win him over though!!

  24. Cailee says:

    WOW!! This looks so ooohy gooohy delicious! I’m literally salivating over here!! I need a slice!! Haha… love how you snuck some dark chocolate in there!! I’m a dark chocolate lover! YUM! Great recipe…cant wait to see about all you adventures!! Gelatories! #YUM

  25. sippitysup says:

    Pie=Love. GREG

  26. Such a gorgeous pie for fall! Love the dark chocolate addition to this classic.


  27. This looks delicious! Love pecan pie, such an amazing classic! 😀

  28. Joanne says:

    That is SUCH a fun wedding idea! I am now rethinking all wedding plans and am considering only inviting bloggers to my wedding and requiring them to bring a baked good. You can bring this pie. 😛

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  30. Elizabeth says:

    This lovely pie totally reminds me of my mom. She makes a more traditional southern pecan pie, but clearly I need to convince her to add a bit of chocolate this year. Loving your adventures in Palermo and, from the looks of things, you’re settling in nicely!

  31. Oh boy. This pie is loaded. I could definitely get on board with this! So glad I came across your blog!

  32. Caroline says:

    This pie is making me nuts (no pun intended!). I’m a huge fan of pecan pie, but with bourbon and dark chocolate…this just has my name all over it. Pinning right now…this is going to happen very soon! 🙂

  33. That looks so good! Love the addition of chocolate!

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  35. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing this amazing pie recipe! I’m going to make it for my family over Thanksgiving weekend coming up. The dark chocolate sold me! 🙂

  36. Pecan pie is one of my favorite desserts, but I’ve never had it with dark chocolate before. I will be trying this recipe out for Thanksgiving.

  37. Beautiful! Love the idea of adding chocolate to pecan pie!

  38. NANCY says:

    I have made this before — received rave reviews. One alternative is to make the bourbon pecan pie–omitting the chocolate chunks–bake and immediately after removing from the oven cover the top of the warm pie with semi sweet chocolate chips straight from the oven. The semi sweet chips melt and coat the top of the pecan bourbon pie. This year, I am considering putting white chocolate chips on one half of the pie and putting the semi sweet chocolate chips on the other side…

  39. Jennifer says:

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was super delicious. Followed the recipe precisely. It came out looking exactly like the picture. Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • katrina says:

      Oh Jennifer you just made my day! Thank you for your comment. This is one of my favorite recipes and I’m so happy you shared it with your family.

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