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Add this Chocolate Pecan Pie to your holiday dessert table this year. The gooey hot fudge layer and the toasted nuts will make this fudge pie with pecans a new favorite at Thanksgiving dinner.

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Pecan pie used to be one of those pies that I would pass right over. It always seemed plain and boring to me. Little did I know that the gooey layer under the nuts was downright amazing.

It's hard to beat a traditional pecan pie, but I like to add flair to my recipes. The cheesecake layer in this pecan cheesecake pie and the pumpkin layer in this pumpkin pecan cheesecake pie are two of our favorite additions.

But my favorite change was to add hot fudge to the filling. Not only do you get the gooey texture and nuts, but it has an epic chocolate flavor.

Why You Will Love this Pie

This chocolate pecan pie is not just any chocolate pie. It has a fudge filling that is loaded with toasted nuts. Think of it as a cross between a classic pecan pie and a rich brownie pie.

  • It is simple to make in minutes with just a few ingredients.
  • The chocolate center has an incredible soft brownie texture.
  • Perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.
  • Great recipe to make ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner.

With its nutty flavor and rich chocolate center, this fudge pecan pie will quickly become a new holiday tradition.

Key Ingredients

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The ingredients for this chocolate pecan pie recipe are simple. The basic ingredients can be found at your local store.

  • Pie Crust - Save time and use one store bought pie crust or make your own homemade crust.
  • Pecans - Use chopped pecans in the filling, so you get plenty of nuts in each bite.
  • Hot Fudge - A jar of hot fudge ice cream topping is the secret ingredient that gives the filling a silky smooth chocolate flavor.
  • Eggs - Adds a rich flavor and holds the ingredients together.
  • Heavy Cream - Gives it a creamier rich taste and thins out the fudge topping.
  • Brown Sugar - Provides more sweetness with a hint of molasses.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips - Because you can never have too much chocolate!

How To Make a Chocolate Pecan Pie

The toasted pecans and gooey chocolate filling in this chocolate fudge pecan pie are a match made in heaven.

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Toast the Pecans

  1. Spread the nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes in a preheated oven, stirring 1-2 times. Remove and let cool.
  2. Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges of the crust.
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Make the Filling

  1. Remove the lid from the jar of hot fudge and place it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Pour the fudge in a large bowl and whisk in the eggs, brown sugar, whipping cream, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Gently stir the cooled toasted pecans and chocolate chips into the mixture.

Bake the Pie

  1. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust, cover the edges with a pie shield or foil, and bake.
  2. Remove it from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

BruCrew Tip: The hardest part of making this pecan pie is letting it cool at least 2 hours before slicing into it.

Storage Recommendations

To Serve - You can serve this fudge pecan pie warm or cold. If it has been refrigerated, let the chilled pie come to room temperature before serving. You can also place the pie in a warm oven for 15-20 minutes.

In the Refrigerator - Let the pie cool completely on the counter, then cover it with foil. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

In the Freezer - The chocolate pecan pie freezes well. Wrap the entire pie or slices in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer safe storage bag or container. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Baking Tips & Tricks

Here are a few baking tips as you get ready to make this chocolate fudge pecan pie this year.

  • For best flavor, toast the pecans on the stove top or oven. Add them in small batches to a hot skillet and stir often for 1-2 minutes. Or spread them out on a sheet pan and bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes.
  • Want to make a chocolate bourbon pecan pie? Add 1-2 tablespoons bourbon to the filling to deepen the flavor of the pie.
  • Top the pie with extra pecan halves. Press them into the filling making a circular pattern before baking the pie. It is optional, but makes the pie look extra pretty.
  • I like to use a pie shield to prevent the edges of the crust from browning too much. You can also use strips of foil.
  • Do NOT over bake the pie because then the center will be dry and crumbly. You want it set but still fudgy.
  • Make mini pecan pies by baking the filling in a muffin tin that has been filled with pie crust rounds. Adjust the baking time to around 15-20 minutes.
  • This chocolate fudge pecan pie is absolutely delicious on its own, but feel free to serve slices with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this pie ahead of time?

Yes, this is a great pie to make a few days before you want to serve it. Let it cool completely, then wrap with foil and refrigerate 2-3 days. You can serve it cold or let it come to room temperature before serving.

Do I have to toast the nuts?

No, you can add regular pecans to the filling and the pie will still taste great. We like to toast the pecans because it deepens the flavor of the nuts which adds more flavor to the pie filling.

Do I need to refrigerate a chocolate pecan pie?

This pie has an egg based filling, so it should be refrigerated within a few hours of baking and cooling.

Why is my pecan pie runny?

You should be able to slice the pie and it will hold its shape. If the filling is runny, then it was not baked long enough.

The top should be puffed up and slightly wiggly in the center when you take it out of the oven. It will set up as it cools.

Should my pie still be jiggly before I remove it from the oven?

The center of this pie should have a slight wiggle. However, the edges should be more firm. It the entire pecan fudge pie moves, then the pie is not done and needs to be baked longer.

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Recipe

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Yield: 10 slices

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

The gooey hot fudge layer and the toasted nuts in this Chocolate Pecan Pie will make this sweet treat a new favorite at Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 - 12 ounce jar of hot fudge
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Cool Whip
  • chocolate curls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 5-10 minutes, stirring often to toast the nuts. Remove and let cool.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 375° F. Place the pie crust in a 9 inch pie plate and crimp the edges of the crust; refrigerate until needed.
  3. Remove the lid from the hot fudge. Heat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Pour into a large bowl and stir.
  4. Add the eggs, brown sugar, whipping cream, vanilla, and salt and whisk everything together.
  5. Stir in the toasted pecans and chocolate chips gently. Pour into the prepared pie crust, cover the edges of the crust with foil or a pie shield. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove and let cool completely. Cover tightly with foil. If you are making this more than a day ahead of time, refrigerate until needed.
  7. Let the pie come to room temperature before serving. Top with Cool Whip and chocolate curls, if desired.

Notes

  • For best flavor, toast the pecans on the stove top or oven. Add them in small batches to a hot skillet and stir often for 1-2 minutes. Or spread them out on a sheet pan and bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes.
  • Want to make a chocolate bourbon pecan pie? Add 1-2 tablespoons bourbon to the filling to deepen the flavor of the pie.
  • Top the pie with extra pecan halves. Press them into the filling making a circular pattern before baking the pie. It is optional, but makes the pie look extra pretty.
  • I like to use a pie shield to prevent the edges of the crust from browning too much. You can also use strips of foil.
  • Do NOT over bake the pie because then the center will be dry and crumbly. You want it set but still fudgy.
  • Make mini pecan pies by baking the filling in a muffin tin that has been filled with pie crust rounds. Adjust the baking time to around 15-20 minutes.
  • This chocolate fudge pecan pie is absolutely delicious on its own, but feel free to serve slices with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 10Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 449Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 7g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.

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Jocelyn is the owner and creator of Inside BruCrew Life where she loves to share semi-homemade recipes with flair that anyone can recreate in their own kitchen. Jocelyn is married and has three kids. She loves to workout, enjoys trips to Disney, and relaxing at the beach.

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  1. Amy

    I plan to use a store bought frozen pie crust. Do I need a regular or deep dish size? Thank you!

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    • Jocelyn

      I just used a regular pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. The frozen one should be similar.

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