The secrets to making the best pecan pie that’s not too sweet

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This recipe is part of our Guide to Classic Thanksgiving, a collection of simple recipes for timeless holiday dishes to make this year and for years to come.

Pecan pie is a cherished Thanksgiving dessert but can often be way too sweet. Here, browned butter, vanilla bean and a shot of lemon juice — along with less sugar and corn syrup than in a traditional recipe — work to balance the sweetness and make the toasted, crunchy pecans the unequivocal star of the dessert.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 2, 2022: Pecan pie prepared by cooking columnist Ben Mims on November 2, 2022 in the LA Times test kitchen. (Katrina Frederick / For The Times)

‘Not Too Sweet’ Pecan Pie

Time1 hour 45 minutes, plus cooling
YieldsServes 8

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