Mystery Pecan Pie

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On Thanksgiving I like to enjoy a small amount of all the goodies, remembering, “So many calories, in so little time!”  If given the choice, pecan pie or cheesecake, I can never decide between the two.  I always take a, “sliver of each!”

Mystery Pecan Pie

Mystery Pecan Pie is a combo of both of my favorite decadent desserts.   A small slice is enough to make you swoon.

Wondering what the mystery ingredient is?  You’re right if you guessed the cream cheese.

Let’s get started:  First of all you need to prepare a pie crust.  You can use 2 packaged refrigerated pie crusts or your favorite double crust recipe.  Make sure the dough is divided.  Roll out the crust on a lightly floured board.  Lightly brush top crust with water.  Roll out remaining crust and place it over the first crust.  Gently roll or press the crusts together.  Yes, it’s a double crust on the bottom pie crust!  I like to use my rolling pin to ease the pie crust over my 9-inch pie dish.  Fold edges under and crimp.

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Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and salt on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Pour into pie crust and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Mystery Pecan Pie

Stir together corn syrup, melted butter, remaining 3 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla; pour over pecans.

Mystery Pecan Pie

Bake at 350˚for 50 to 55 minutes or until set.  Watch it carefully and cover crust with foil if it’s getting too brown….just saying, sadly, I got busy on a project and my pie shows what can happen when you don’t watch it carefully…yikes!  I knew I was in trouble when the timer, set for 50 minutes went off.  Time flies when you’re having fun!

Mystery Pecan Pie

Serve with whipped cream, (which will hide a multitude of sins), or vanilla ice cream if desired.

Mystery Pecan Pie

My husband said Mystery Pecan Pie tasted great even with an extra-crispy crust.  He’s just happy when I bake him a pie, regardless of the outcome!  I love the story of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, an unruffled hostess.  When a maid DROPPED the turkey on the dining room floor, she calmly said, “That’s OK Mary, just take this turkey back into the kitchen and bring in the other one!”

Mystery Pecan Pie

After 40 Thanksgivings together my family knows it’s not all going to be perfect.  What matters most is not what’s on the table, but who’s surrounding it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe Source:  Southern Living Cookbook

Mystery Pecan Pie

Mystery Pecan Pie

You'll taste pecan pie and cheesecake together in this decadent dessert.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8


  • 15 ounce package refrigerated piecrust
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • whipped cream or ice cream if desired


  • UNROLL 1 piecrust, and place on a lightly floured surface; lightly brush top of crust with water.
  • Unroll remaining crust, and place over bottom crust; gently roll or press crusts together.
  • Fit into a 9-inch pieplate; fold edges under and crimp.
  • BEAT cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Pour into piecrust.
  • Sprinkle with pecans.
  • STIR together corn syrup, melted butter, remaining 3 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla; pour filling over pecans.
  • BAKE at 350˚ for 50 to 55 minutes or until set.
  • Cool completely.
  • Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.


Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g | Sodium: 464mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 53g

Meal Type: Desserts, Easter, Thanksgiving
Categories: Pie, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • I like the idea of the double crust on the bottom. Is that how you do it for most of the pies you make?

    • Melanie, it was the first time I ever tried the double pie crust. I followed Southern Living’s recipe and made this last Thanksgiving and my family really liked it so I shared it here. Thanks!

  • Pie recipe didn’t work.. Followed it just as written and when placing the egg mixture on top of the pecans it just drips out on all sides of the pie … Made a HUGE MESS all over my counter and then burnt in my oven all over the foil lining the cookie sheet ( Thank goodness I put foil on the sheet! ) … super upsetting and a complete waste of my food stamps and time.

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