Apple Pecan Pies

Apple pecan pies from A Beautiful Mess  This recipe combines two of my favorite autumn treats: pecan pie and apples. Pecan pie is possibly one of the more decadent pies you can eat, while apples are totally healthy (you know, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," that whole thing). So, it's basically one of those really odd couples you see and think, "Really, those two?" But somehow it makes sense.

Apple pecan pies from A Beautiful MessOh, you never see opposite looking couples and think anything of it? Well, aren't you just a better person than me.

Answer: Yes. Clearly you are.

But hey, I make treats. So… at least I'm contributing to the world via sugar… uh…

Pecan pie fillingApple Pecan Pies, makes 4-5 servings.

2-3 apples (any variety, but firmer apples that hold up well when baked work best)
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

In a pot, combine the butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until combined, then increase the heat to bring to a boil. Allow to boil (a low, steady boil) for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the pecans and vanilla extract. Let that cool while you prep the apples.

Easy baked applesI cut the apples in half, then used a melon baller to scoop out the insides. Be sure to leave enough apple so it will keep its shape and serve as a sturdy "crust." What do you do with those apple insides? Up to you, but might I suggest making applesauce

As I was prepping the apples, I would place a finished one in a big bowl of water before starting the next. This helps them not to turn brown while you work.

Once the apples are ready, go back to the filling. It should be cooler now. Stir in the egg and pour into each apple shell. I probably could have filled five shells, but I only did four and had a little filling left over. This will vary based on your apple size. 

Bake at 350°F for 35-38 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.

Apple pecan pies from A Beautiful Mess Serve with ice cream. Eat while sitting in a pile of autumn leaves. Wear a stocking cap. Start thinking about holiday shopping. 

OK, those last three suggestions are optional. But not the ice cream. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • Adorable! Have you made these ahead of time? Wondering how they hold up if made before the company arrives. Thanks for any thoughts.

  • Oh looks amazing! and yes, i have questioned couples before. I had a beautiful model friend that married a short chubby ginger. never understood it.

  • If you look on and look for Pecan Pie V it is a great recipe that doesn’t use corn syrup. I’m trying it out now!

  • Could you share what kind of apples you used? I’m not super familiar with how each variety holds up to baking and all that good stuff – I’ll do a little googling and I’m sure I’ll find something but I figured a suggestion from what you used would be great!

  • Yum! And I’ve been thinking about holiday shopping for AGES. I love it so much. (And also need to budget way in advance for it.) I like to shop on etsy, so I stash away Christmas cards year round. It’s so fun to pull them all out in the fall and see the ones I forgot about.

  • We’re going apple picking tomorrow so I’m definitely keeping this recipe in mind. 🙂

  • I saw this recipe right after I came back from apple picking and knew that I had to try it with some of my fresh apples. It worked out great. Thanks for posting such an easy but tasty recipe.

  • 1. You’re hilarious.
    2. That looks delicious. And it’s gluten-free! (like me)

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • Oh yum! I am loving seeing all the fall apple inspired recipes coming outta the US! Delish. I am book marking this for out fall! (down under) Bec x

  • This recipe look so delicious! Can’t wait to try it… Happy Sunday 🙂

  • Fabulous recipe! You forgot to mention third delicious thing- ice cream!

  • I went to an apple tasting/ festival thing at a local nursery yesterday and came home with about 30# of apples. So thank you, perfect timing! There’s only so much apple sauce/ butter/ pie filling a girl can shove into jars.

  • These look so delicious and such a cute way to present them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • You guys and all your recipes always just kill me! My mouth is watering. How creative! I am totally going to do this tomorrow.

  • YUM! Have pinned this and I am gonna make this asap.
    Love your suggestions on how to eat it, totally right about the ice-cream too.
    Love your writing style Emma

  • the epitome of autumn I believe! Looks so easy as well – can’t wait to try it out!

  • Wow! That looks really good! I definitely need to try this recipe! ALINA ERMILOVA

  • This looks amazing, such a perfect Autumn treat! It would be a perfect dinner party desert, definitely going to have to give this one a try 🙂

  • Aww, these are so adorable! Now I won’t need to pick between apple and pecan pie either, hehe. If only we could fit pumpkin in there as well 🙂


  • Ahh this looks amazing! I tried your crustless bourbon baked apple pie and it came out so delicious, I’ll have to give this one a go next Pretty in Python

  • This is BRILLIANT. Totally making this for a fall party 🙂

  • The presentation is adorable! So easy but looks so impressive!


  • Is there another option to using corn syrup? I’m not a big fan of adding that to my food…otherwise, it looks super yummy!

  • Mmm. This looks absolutely incredible! This would make the perfect Thanksgiving treat.

  • i LOVE not only your receipes, but especially the funny writing that goes with it!

  • Here’s a big WOW from Sweden – def gonna try that for christmas, it’s about time we stir up that traditional table with some new elements. Just fell in love with them apples… 🙂

  • pecan pie is such an indulgent treat, but since there is an apple, i can definitely enjoy it even more! this is perfect for those gluten free eaters out there! 🙂


  • This looks so delicious and awesome!
    Perfect for autumn

  • Aw! These are so cute and look delicious! Good autumnal recipe 🙂

  • How yummy looks and sounds this please? I love pecans so much, and I will try this recipe as soon as I can 🙂
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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