Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie


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Prepare yourself for a slice of decadence with our Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. This indulgent dessert is a luscious marriage of rich chocolate, toasted pecans, and a hint of bourbon.

If you're looking for more fall inspired pies, check out my Honey Pecan Pie, Vanilla Bean Apple Pie, or my Lattice Spiced Apple Pie.

chocolate bourbon pecan pie

This Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie will spice up your Thanksgiving dessert table this year. I know for a fact that I will be making this as opposed to traditional pecan pie this year, it is so good! When I made this pie a few weeks ago, I gave slices away to some friends (as is per usual of whatever I make as Delaney and I cannot eat it all!). And Delaney was so upset that I gave slices of this pie away, he couldn't believe that he only got 2 slices. That's how good it is!

I use a combination of Dutch cocoa powder, semi sweet chocolate chips, and bourbon to make this amazing Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. If you are looking for tips and tricks for making the best flaky all butter pie crust, then check out my All Butter Pie Crust post for some knowledge. You can apply that knowledge and the tips and tricks in that post to any pie dough you make! No matter what the recipe is. But, if you have made my pie dough before and are feeling confident, then just read on to this recipe. Pecan pie is one of the pies that requires you to parbake the crust.

What is parbaking?

Parbaking stands for “partially baked”. This is a technique used to partially bake crust to avoid a soggy bottom in certain types of pies. Not all pecan pie recipes call for parbaking, however I always will parbake my pecan pie to prevent soggy crust, as I despise soggy crust on pie! I think it really helps for any pie that has a liquid filling, such as pecan or pumpkin. For more details, visit my post How to Parbake a Pie Crust for a step by step guide.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Wholesome Organic Light Corn Syrup

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Organic Pecan Halves

Equal Exchange Organic Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Organic Bourbon

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

9-inch Pie Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Pie Weights (or just rice or beans)

Rolling Pin

Mixing Bowl

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chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

To make the crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, and cane sugar. Turn on low for two to three rotations to combine the dry ingredients.

Remove the butter from the fridge and chop into small cubes. The smaller the cubes, the flakier the crust: Cut the stick of butter into four and then chop into small cubes from there. Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Measure out the cold water and have it ready.

Turn the mixer on low and slowly start to incorporate the ingredients. Gradually turn the mixer to medium speed. Once the butter mixture looks like wet sand, immediately add in all the cold water. As soon as the dough comes together, stop the mixer.

Have a piece of plastic wrap ready, and form it into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to cool in the fridge overnight.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan well with butter.

Step 3

Remove the pie dough from the fridge. Remove the plastic wrap and place on a floured surface. Roll out the into a disk that is ¼-inch thick, it should be about 11-inches in diameter. Place the pie dough into the pie pan, and press lightly to form against the pan. It should be large enough that the dough folds right over the top of the pan.

Roll the excess dough into the pie pan so it’s even with the edges of the pie pan. Flute the edges by using your thumb and index finger of your right hand to pinch the rolled edge of dough and push your index finger of your left hand into it to create the “flute”. Continue around the entire pie to flute the edges.

Place a piece of parchment paper into the pie pan and form it to the sides. Add rice or pie weights and parbake for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and weights, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Step 4

To make the filling: In a large bowl, add the light brown sugar, melted butter, Dutch cocoa, corn syrup, and eggs and mix to combine completely. Add the pecans, chocolate chips, and bourbon and fold to combine completely. Transfer the filling to the pie crust.

Step 5

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling looks set. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Baker's Tips

  • Use the best organic butter, my favorite is Organic Valley Salted Butter. Also, make sure your butter is cold for the pie crust, as cold butter is what helps create the best flaky pie crust.
  • You must have parchment paper to parbake the crust. This is super important! If you don't normally use parchment paper, make sure to pick some up for this recipe. I like to use Kana Lifestyle Nontoxic Parchment Paper (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off!).
  • You can parbake your crust the day before you actually make the filling and bake the pie. This makes it easy to prep, as you can roll out the pie dough, parbake, and then just let it sit on the counter for a day. And then the following day, you can fill and bake the pie.
  • I use Dutch cocoa powder in this pie, and I prefer Dutch cocoa as it's sweeter than natural. But, if you prefer or only have natural, then you can also use that in its place.
  • I use semi sweet chocolate chips in this pie for a nice balanced chocolate flavor. But, if you prefer you can use dark chocolate or even milk chocolate chunks too.
  • This pie can also be made the day before you plan to serve it, just leave it out on the counter and do not cover it as if you cover it, the crust can become soggy. You can also warm it in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm.
chocolate bourbon pecan pie

FAQ's

Can I use unsalted butter?

Yes, just add ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt to the dough.

Can I use dark chocolate?

Yes, feel free to use dark chocolate in place of semi sweet. You could also use milk chocolate if you prefer.

What can I use in place of corn syrup?

You can use honey in place of corn syrup. But, the honey flavor will shine through. Corn syrup is more neutral, which allows the chocolate and bourbon to be center stage.

How should I store this pie?

Store in a cool dry place.

How should I reheat this pie?

Reheat only in your toaster oven or oven. You can use a warm setting or 350°F for about 5 to 10 minutes, until warm. Do not reheat pie in a microwave as the crust will become incredibly soggy.

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chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Mimi Council
Try out this twist on classic pecan pie, with the addition of chocolate and bourbon. Your guests will love this spin on a classic pie!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 574 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Crust

Filling

Instructions
 

  • To make the crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, and cane sugar. Turn on low for two to three rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
  • Remove the butter from the fridge and chop into small cubes. The smaller the cubes, the flakier the crust: Cut the stick of butter into four and then chop into small cubes from there. Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Measure out the cold water and have it ready.
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly start to incorporate the ingredients. Gradually turn the mixer to medium speed. Once the butter mixture looks like wet sand, immediately add in all the cold water. As soon as the dough comes together, stop the mixer.
  • Have a piece of plastic wrap ready, and form it into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to cool in the fridge overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan well with butter.
  • Remove the pie dough from the fridge. Remove the plastic wrap and place on a floured surface. Roll out the into a disk that is 1/4-inch thick, it should be about 11-inches in diameter. Place the pie dough into the pie pan, and press lightly to form against the pan. It should be large enough that the dough folds right over the top of the pan.
  • Roll the excess dough into the pie pan so it’s even with the edges of the pie pan. Flute the edges by using your thumb and index finger of your right hand to pinch the rolled edge of dough and push your index finger of your left hand into it to create the “flute”. Continue around the entire pie to flute the edges.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper into the pie pan and form it to the sides. Add rice or pie weights and parbake for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and weights, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • To make the filling: In a large bowl, add the light brown sugar, melted butter, Dutch cocoa, corn syrup, and eggs and mix to combine completely. Add the pecans, chocolate chips, and bourbon and fold to combine completely.
  • Transfer the filling to the pie crust.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling looks set.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Notes

High Altitude 

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 7gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 239mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 6gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 611IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
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