I know most people focus on cookies during Christmas time, and don't get me wrong I do love my cookies. I recently had cookie week with S'mores Cookies, Cake Batter Funfetti Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies, and White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies shared. Those new recipes are all oh so delicious; definitely give them a try. Yummy!
Though, I have many older cookie recipes that are just as delicious and ones you should definitely check out: the World's Best Soft Sugar Cookies, Molasses Free Gingerbread Cookies, award winning Cookies and Cream Cookies, Death by Chocolate Cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Swig Sugar Cookies- Copycat, and the Best Snickerdoodles are just a few. I really seem to have a thing for cookies, but I think it is a good thing. I mean, cookies are convenient desserts you can eat on the run. To be honest, cookies may be my favorite desserts.
However, I have a special place in my heart for pies. My grandmas were both amazing pie makers. One Gma made an amazizng Coconut Cream Pie, and the other Gma made the best Banana Cream Pie.
Growing up, there were many Sunday evenings we had pie for dessert. I come from some serious pie fans, and so I of course love pie as well. It's only logical.
Growing up we always had turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also had a myriad of pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was a tradition; it was what we did. Thanksgiving and Christmas had both turkey and pies.
I have found as I have gotten older, that there are some traditions from my childhood that are hard to give up. Pie is one of those difficult ones for me. I feel an obligation of sort to have pie at Christmas.
Of the classic pies, Pecan Pie may be my favorite. One day I was experimenting with some of my cute single serving pie pans ($2 at Michaels- score!) and I came up with this pie creation.
This German Chocolate Pecan Pie is amazing! If you like pecan pie, chocolate, and coconut then you should most definitely give this pie a go.
German Chocolate Pecan Pie
Active Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 30-45 minutes
Servings: 1- 9 inch pie.
1 pie crust shell, unbaked
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. light corn syrup (can use dark if you like the molasses flavor)
1 c. pecan pieces/roughly chopped
1/2 c. coconut, unsweetened flakes
2/3 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
1- 1 1/2 c. pecan halves
- Prepare your unbaked pie crust shell and place it in a deep pie pan. Crimp the edges.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, though if your oven allows it (digital) preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
- In a stand mixer, or a medium bowl beat the eggs, brown sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, and corn syrup together until well combined.
- Add the pecan pieces and mix until just combined.
- In the bottom of the pie pan evenly distribute the coconut flakes. If you aren't a huge coconut fan you can use as little as 1/3 cup of coconut flakes.
- Top the coconut flakes with the bittersweet chocolate chips.
- Pour the the pie batter into the prepared pie crust shell.
- Arrange the pecan halves on top of the batter with the rounded side of the pecans up. Arrange in whatever pattern you desire.
- Place a pie crust shield, or aluminum foil around the crust edges.
- Bake the pie at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until the filling is set. If your oven allows it, bake your pie at 360 for about 35-40 minutes until the filling is set but not burned.
- Remove pie and let cool completely before eating.
- This pie is perfect to make ahead.
- Store the pie covered on the counter. You can store it in the refrigerator if you'd like as well.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays. I hope however you celebrate that you get to spend time with the people you love.
My son is a fan of the pie tradition as well. He's definitely excited for pie, and Christmas... but mostly pie! ;)
Happy delicious German Chocolate Pecan Pie eating and Happy Holidays!