This time of year, pecans are the star of dessert dishes everywhere. From bars, to truffles, to milkshakes and classic pies, these pecan desserts are a festive way to celebrate the season with family and friends.
Maple-Pecan PieNo Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a pecan pie. If you have gluten-free family members, this pie will be a real treat for them.
Chocolate-Pecan Mousse TartThis pecan dessert is a great make-ahead option. You can make and freeze crust ahead of time, then thaw in fridge overnight before preparing the filling.
Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel PieCreate the chunky texture by leaving those extra-big blueberry-size pieces in the streusel mix.
Pecan Pie BarsThese chewy, bite-size bars require just 20 minutes of prep time.
Decadent Cream Puffs with Praline Sauce and Toasted PecansIt may be tempting to use a stand mixer for the cream puff batter, but it pays to mix it by hand: You need to see when the mixture is smooth and shiny, which will prevent over-mixing.
Pecan-Espresso ToffeeTake a crack at this intensely rich and buttery holiday treat.
Chocolate Pecan Pie TrufflesWe used our Cooking Light recipe for Maple-Bourbon Pecan Pie to make these truffles, and the nutritional information is based on that pie.
Bourbon Pecan Pie MilkshakeThe only thing better than leftover pie is leftover pie in the form of a milkshake... with bourbon.
Pecan Pound CakeA drizzle of lemon-infused glaze gives this creamy nut-filled cake a sweet finish.
Pecan Sticky WedgesThis cinnamon and pecan sticky roll is a great make-ahead brunch option or it could also serve as a sweet dessert.
Chocolate Chip-Toasted Pecan PancakesAdd a generous dollop of whipped cream for an unexpected dessert.
Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan Ice CreamTry a small twist on classic Butter-Pecan Ice Cream by adding a couple tablespoons of bourbon.
Whole-Grain Pecan BlondiesBlondies are simply brownies without the chocolate. A light-colored metal pan is your best bet for even baking and cakey, moist blondies.
Hazelnut, Pecan, and Bourbon PieFor depth of flavor, Kir Jensen roasts the pecans and hazelnuts before adding them to the filling. She likes to roll her cornmeal pastry extra thick, so it's more substantial.
Maple-Pecan BarsReminiscent of pecan pie, gluten-free Maple-Pecan Bars deserve a spot at your holiday dessert buffet. Use pure maple syrup to form the gooey brown sugar and pecan mixture needed to make these heavenly bars.
Pecan Spice Cake with Caramel-Rum GlazeSubstitute extra cream for rum in the sauce, if you like. For a thicker glaze, add the whole 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar, whisking constantly, as the glaze begins to cool in the pan. For a sheer, saucy glaze, use less powdered sugar.
Caramel-Pecan BrowniesSweet and irrisistable, these Caramel-Pecan Brownies are absolutely drool-worthy. Serve them at your next party and they'll become an instant favorite.
Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan PieA cross between a fudge pie and pecan pie, this is all the more stunning if you arrange the pecans from the center in a spiral pattern.
Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie BarsFeel free to swap walnuts or almonds for the pecans, or use half nuts and half dried cranberries for tart, chewy bars.
Pecan Cake with Caramel MousseThis decadent and luscious pecan cake can serve as an alternative to a pie at the dessert table, or it can become an instant classic all on its own.
Pecan PralinesBe sure to use a heavy Dutch oven and a candy thermometer, and make pralines on a day when the weather is dry—humidity can make them grainy.
Pecan and Honey DiamondsPecan and Honey Diamonds have a shortbread-type crust with a rich honey-pecan filling. These bite-sized cookies won't last long, so bake a double batch!
Pecan CookiesMake the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.
Pecan Date Mini PiesHow do you go one better on a classic? Add honey and dates to the filling, make a press-in cream cheese crust, and miniaturize.
Pumpkin-Pecan CheesecakeTest Kitchen Professional Pam Lolley combined the flavors of three holiday favorites--pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake-- to create this luscious holiday dessert.
Pecan Pie CupcakesPecan Pie is the quintessential dessert of fall. Crunchy toasted pecans and buttery Piecrust Leaves enhance the rich creamy frosting for a cupcake you'll make again and again.
Caramel-Pecan DacquoiseThis decadent dacquoise is as fun to say as it is to eat. A traditional dacquoise is made with meringue and cream such as buttercream or whipped cream.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan PieOnce you’ve made a pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy and makes the dish even more Southern.
Gluten-Free Buttermilk-Pecan-Walnut CakeThis light and fluffy cake works well at the breakfast or brunch table or just as well with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Did we mention that it's gluten-free?
Winn's Fig and Pecan RugelachThis is a gluten-free variation of the traditional Jewish pastry. Filled with fig preserves, pecans, and brown sugar, they are the perfect treat for a Hanukkah celebration.
Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet CakeNothing says easy entertaining quite like serving a classic sheet cake. We love this citrus riff on the Southern standy of Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake.
Pecan Bourbon BallsThink a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball? Think again. Try coating them in spiced toasted pecans for a sweet-salty variation and you'll be a convert for life.
Chocolate-Pecan Pie GranolaPerfect for on-the-go snacking, this granola brings traditional pecan-pie flavor to a portable breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up treat.
German Chocolate-Pecan Pie BarsEveryone will ask you for the recipe for these bars after just one bite! They're easy to make and everyone will love them at your next gathering or party.
Chocolate-Pecan Chess PieDark, rich, and intensely chocolaty, this is our favorite new twist on pecan pie. Make it even more special and serve with sweetened whipped cream.