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.

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Pecan Pie

One thing I discovered when my kids grew up and moved away was that the holidays would never quite be the same.

When my kids were in college, they enjoyed coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The colleges they attended were within driving distance so making the drive home was easy.

After they graduated from college, their new career opportunities took them to other parts of the country. Coming home, especially around Thanksgiving wouldn’t be as easy to do.

My husband talks about the Thanksgiving he spent alone in Philadelphia when he was living and working there. He was in his early 20’s and couldn’t make it home to spend the holiday with his family. My husband wanted to make Thanksgiving special, even though he was celebrating by himself. He decided to make lasagna and spent $70 on the ingredients. The lasagna was not all that great but he was determined to have a home cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

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pecan pie recipe for one

Single Serving Pecan Pie Recipe

It has taken me awhile to get used to serving up a smaller Thanksgiving meal. Truthfully, I’m not used to it and still feel disappointed when any my kids can’t make it home.

So since I want their holiday to be special too, especially if they are far away, I have created a few recipes that would be special for the season – this pecan pie recipe is one of these recipes.

This single serving pecan pie recipe has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. It’s perfectly sweet, it’s filled with pecans and best of all, it’s so easy to make.

Instead of a traditional pie crust, I make a buttery shortbread crust that tastes amazingly good! On top of the crust, I pour the decadent pecan filling.

This pecan pie can be shared with another and will give you two small pieces or enjoy it all yourself.

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I bake this mini pecan pie my Le Creuset 5-inch baking dish. 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.

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Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan Pie For One |

Pecan Pie For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: pecan pie
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 659kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk



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


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


  • 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 onto bottom of lightly greased 5-inch baking dish.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden.
  • Set aside and prepare 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.


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
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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.

In addition to our this easy pecan pie recipe, we have other Thanksgiving recipes to serve one or two…

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This Pecan Pie For One has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. It’s made with a buttery shortbread crust and a rich, pecan filled filling. This single serving dessert is perfectly sweet, it’s filled with pecans and best of all, it’s easy to make. | One Dish Kitchen
This Pecan Pie For One has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. It’s made with a buttery shortbread crust and a rich, pecan filled filling. This single serving dessert is perfectly sweet, it’s filled with pecans and best of all, it’s easy to make. | One Dish Kitchen

43 thoughts on “Pecan Pie Recipe For One”

  1. This came right on time! I wanted to try a pecan pie recipe, but I don’t know anyone who likes pecan pie. I didn’t want to make a whole one because it would either go to waste…or go to my waist! The recipe I found had bourbon in it (probably my #1 reason for wanting to try it!). Do you think your recipe would work with a splash (or so) of bourbon?

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this and boy is it good to have a treat like this without 3/4 of a pie tempting me night and day lol. One thing I have learned though – I need to go shopping for some smaller baking pans. I got rid of all my “just the two of us pans’ when the kids came along. Now all I seem to have is family size pans lol. The pan I used for these was probably a bit bigger than called for – they were almost more like pecan bars – but they were still delicious! Thank you, thank you…..not only for the yummy recipes but also for realizing that not everyone wants or needs to make big batches of everything

      1. Thanks for the link – I’ll definitely check it out… soon as my youngest (who had to move back home after living out of town for years managed to find a new job back here) moves into his new apartment. For now the “family” size pans are coming in handy again lol

  3. Good evening Joanie,
    I hope you are well. I also want to wish all of the people on your site, I hope all of them are well. I wanted to let you know that I made the above recipe and it turned out yummy. Now my next adventure being new to the baking world the Pumpkin Bar Recipe. My question is that because I love coconuts, can I put coconut in the Cream Cheese Frostings. Take care Joanie and to all of you on this site. Respectfully, Sylvia

    1. Hi Sylvia,
      Thank you so much for your kind note. Yes, you can put shredded coconut in the frosting. I hope you enjoy the recipe and I’m so happy you loved the pecan pie. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Good evening Joanie,
    I just bought my very first toaster oven and I am alone. I would love to know if you have anymore recipes for one person, such as myself. The reason that I am sending this to you. Is that I am knew to baking. I know how to cook except when it comes to baking. Now my question is in the Pecan Pie Filling you say pinch of salt and then in the recipe it shows unsalted butter. Why unsalted butter when the recipe shows pinch of salt. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to read my comment. I will be making this recipe on Thursday. Whenever it is convenient can you respond with an answer. It would be very much appreciated. Respectfully, Sylvia

    1. Hello Sylvia,
      I’m so glad you found our website. We have hundreds of single serving recipes and I hope you find many new recipes to try here. Click here to browse through all of our recipes –
      As for the pecan pie, I use salted butter and also add a pinch of extra salt. I’ll change that in the recipe notes.
      Thank you for your email and I hope you enjoy the pecan pie. Please let me know how you liked it and have a great week!

  5. 5 stars
    This. Is. Delicious! This is the perfect size for ME! Pecan pie is my favorite fall recipe BUT my family prefers other desserts. Now, I can make this just for me and not have an entire pie leftover. My jeans thank you, I will not have to buy a bigger size. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    When my husband went out of town for work and I was craving pecan pie, I turned to this delicious easy recipe for one! This recipe produces a pie that’s just as gorgeous and delicious as it looks in the images on this page. Thank you for yet another terrific recipe!

  7. Hello,
    This is an amazing recipe! It is buttery and rich!! I have been looking for a good pecan pie recipe. Do you have a full size pie recipe?

    1. Hi Lynne,
      I apologize for the delayed response, I’m traveling at the moment with limited wi-fi. I’ve updated the recipe to note the amount of salt to use in the filling, use just a pinch. Thank you so much for catching that it was left off of the recipe.

  8. hi! so it was yummy but pretty raw inside even though it looked really done from the outside :/ what do u think happened? i baked it for 30 mins in a ceramic baking dish but i only let it cool for around 10 mins cause i like my dessert straight from the oven, do u think thats what caused the rawness?

    1. Hi Sylvia,
      The pie really is best if it cools to room temperature before eating. The custard-type filling sets as it cools. You can check to see if the pie is cooked through by inserting the blade of a knife into the center – if it comes out clean, the pie will be done. Also, I use a 5-inch baking dish for this recipe ( – affiliate link ). If your dish was smaller, the pie may have needed to cook a bit longer. Hope this helps.

      1. thank u! after it sets can i warm it b4 i serve it? and if so on what temp and for how long? thanks again 🙂

          1. i dont have a microwave 🙁 on what temp would u recommend to warm it up in the oven and for how long? god willing im going to try it again real soon!

          2. If you want to warm the pecan pie in the oven, heat your oven to 200 degrees and set the pie on a baking sheet and place it in the oven until it is warmed through. If the pie was in the refrigerator, it may take 10-20 minutes.

  9. This post gave me all the feels that I actually need to make this for me! lol..My oldest just started college my other 3 still have loads to go before College..but I hope some way that my kids will still come for the Holidays oh I would be so sad.. SEE time to go make that pecan pie!

  10. These are so cute! Pecan pie is so rich, I don't like keeping a full pie in the house. I'm sure having this would be just enough to satisfy my cravings. =)

  11. This is a life changer! So is that pumpkin pie for one dish also! Living far from family also, I don't spend many Thanksgivings with them, so this is a great recipe for me!! Pinning it 🙂

  12. Oh you are so bad!!! Because this looks so good! Thank you for making this serving for one, because I have a serious self control issue with sweets like this. And I'd probably add chocolate chips to the top – because, chocolate. Why not right?!

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