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Pecan Pie Recipe For One

This classic single serving pecan pie recipe has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. With a buttery shortbread crust and a rich, pecan filled filling, this wonderful dessert is perfect by itself or topped with whipped cream.

A mini pecan pie baked in a small red baking dish on top of a burlap cloth

This homemade pecan pie recipe is a scaled down version of a classic holiday dessert. It's perfectly sweet and so easy to make too!

Why This Recipe Works

  • If you find yourself celebrating the holidays on a smaller scale, or perhaps you're cooking for just one or two people, you'll be happy to know that you can enjoy one of the best parts of a holiday meal without the burden of leftovers. The pie is baked in a small baking dish and can technically be enough for two people to enjoy if necessary.
  • This traditional pecan pie has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie but in a smaller size.
  • Filled with pecans, the sweet filling rests on a buttery shortbread crust. It can be assembled in minutes and is a dessert I think you'll enjoy making all throughout the year
  • Pecan pie is one of my favorite pies. This is why I created this single serving pecan pie recipe, so that I can enjoy my pie and not be left with the temptation of leftovers.

You might like to browse through our single serving Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes.

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A forkful of pecan pie baked on a shortbread crust on a burlap cloth

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

For The Shortbread Crust

  • Butter: Use softened salted butter. Softened butter should still be cool to the touch but when you press your finger into the butter, your finger will leave an indentation. The best way to soften your butter is to put it out on the kitchen counter for a half hour before you want to use it. Another way to quickly soften butter is to put the cold butter in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. If you use this method, be sure to watch carefully - you don't want the butter to melt at all.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds a delightful sweet flavor to the crust.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour.
  • Cornstarch: This ingredient softens the rigid proteins of the flour, resulting in a lighter crust.
  • Salt: For flavor.

For The Pecan Pie Filling

  • Corn syrup: This ingredient sweetens the pie and helps to prevent the sugar from crystalizing during baking. You can use light or dark corn syrup.
  • Egg: Use 1 large egg.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar.
  • Salt, butter, and vanilla: For the traditional flavor we know and love in a pecan pie.
  • Pecans: The star of the pie!

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Make the crust by first creaming together the butter and sugar. Then, mix in the dry ingredients and press the dough into the bottom of a small baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden.
  2. While the crust cools, make the filling by combining the ingredients together and pouring the mixture over the shortbread crust. Bake for 30 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • I don't have any substitutions for corn syrup and this ingredient is traditionally used in most pecan pie recipes. You can use light corn syrup if you'd like.
  • Some people like to toast the pecans before mixing them into the pie. To do this, toast them in a 350 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes, until they're a deep mahogany color. Let the nuts cool before using them.

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this pecan pie recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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A single serving pecan pie topped with whipped cream and a bite taken out with a fork

Frequently Asked Questions

What Size Baking Dish Is Best For A Pecan Pie For One?

I bake this mini pecan pie my 5-inch baking dish. It holds about 1.5 cups and has an area of 25 inches. I will sometimes use a dish that's slightly larger, and it works well too. For best results, use a baking dish of a similar size.
For more information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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How Do I Store Pecan Pie?

Cover the pie loosely and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Other Single Serving Pie Recipes

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Finished Pecan Pie shown in a baking dish

Pecan Pie For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: pecan pie
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 659kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

SHORTBREAD CRUST

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter , softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

PECAN PIE FILLING

  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter , melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pecans

How To Video

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add flour, cornstarch and salt. mix until combined.
  • Press dough into the bottom of a lightly greased 5-inch baking dish.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden.
  • Set aside and prepare filling.
  • TO MAKE THE PECAN PIE FILLING
  • Mix corn syrup, egg, sugar, salt, butter and vanilla in a bowl using a spoon.
  • Stir in the pecans.
  • Pour filling over shortbread crust.
  • Bake on center rack of oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let pie cool on wire rack for a 2 hours.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • I don't have any substitutions for corn syrup and this ingredient is traditionally used in most pecan pie recipes. You can use light corn syrup if you'd like.
  • Some people like to toast the pecans before mixing them into the pie. To do this, toast them in a 350 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes, until they're a deep mahogany color. Let the nuts cool before using them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pie | Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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70 thoughts on “Pecan Pie Recipe For One”

  1. Hey Joanie! I love your recipes and use them often. I want to make this Pecan Pie, but once baked how do you store leftovers? Safe on countertop or after baking does it need to be in the fridge?

    Thank you for your time!

  2. 5 stars
    Dear Joanie, I’ve been making your pecan pie since Christmas 2019. Although that is not long, it has been very often! It is the perfect size for hubby and I to share, but it is the most requested dish when our grown sons cone to visit! P.S. They don’t share theirs! Thank goodness I had a growing collection of small Le Crueset mini casserole dishes. Ordered your cookbook and have found many favs in there as well. Keep your Dinner dishes coming, I just double them and have just enough for hubby and me. Great job!

    1. Mary, it makes me so happy to hear that your family is enjoying the pecan pie recipe and I’m so glad you are able to use the dinner recipes for your and your husband. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

  3. Hi, I really want to start making some of your recipes, but I do not have a 5×5″ baking dish and I’m having difficulty finding one. Could you guide me in where I might look. What brand is your dish? Thanks.

    1. Hi Karla, the 5×5 dish that we show in this recipe (and in many of our other recipes) is made by Le Creuset. I believe it may have been discontinued. However, my team and I have been testing our recipes in other dishes and have found two that we love and feel confident recommending. One is a 5-inch dish from CorningWare and the other is a 6.6x5x1.95-inch dish by Sweejar. We link to both of these dishes on our Bakeware page – https://onedishkitchen.com/bakeware-cooking-for-one-kitchen/. We have been able to find these and similarly sized dishes at discount home stores, on Amazon, and sometimes we can find gently used, good quality dishes at local thrift stores.

      1. Goodwill and estate sales are great for finding discontinued dishes. I’ve replenished my Corningware set for 4 to a set for 12 with plates, bowls, saucers and salad plates thru estate sales. My pattern discontinued years ago but, it was a gift from my daughter and I refused to replace it.

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