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Easy Bourbon Pecan Pie in a jar recipe

This Easy Bourbon Pecan Pie in a Jar recipe is not only easier to make than the original recipe, but it’s quicker, delicious, and best of all, has a perfect kick of bourbon to it!

If you’re bored of the Traditional Pecan Pie and are looking for something original and simple, this recipe is just for you!

Made with a crunchy and sweet filling, a gooey center, and a little bourbon that gives a super rich flavor, this easy recipe is the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving table.

Pecan pie in a Jar (with bourbon)

Why you’ll love these little pecan pies

  • This easy Bourbon Pecan Pie in a jar recipe is made in only 20 minutes! No superhero skill is needed!
  • There’s no need to use the oven! no more blind baking, rolling pin, or homemade crust. All of the good stuff, and none of the effort.
  • You don’t have to bother making your own pie crust! This simple recipe offers a perfect alternative to the traditional recipe.
  • It’s presented as individual servings, which makes it the perfect way to serve in larger gatherings
  • It’s made with bourbon, which gives a luxurious flavor and a perfect festive vibe
  • It makes for the perfect homemade holiday gift and hostess giftI
  • t’s unexpected and original; there’s no pie dough, pie shell, or homemade pie crust, but graham crackers instead
Pecan pie in a Jar (with bourbon)

Ingredients you’ll need for this homemade pecan pie

These are simple ingredients, found in any grocery store.

  • Graham Crackers. The graham crackers give the pie a tasty, crispy bottom layer, adding a nice crunch to each bite.
  • Unsalted butter. Melted butter holds the cracker crust together, making it rich and buttery.
  • Light brown sugar. Light brown sugar is used for the caramel base of the pie filling
  • Pure maple syrup. Adds a sweet kick and a special maple taste to the pie’s filling.
  • Heavy whipping cream. The heavy cream is used to make the caramel filling softer.
  • Bourbon. A splash of bourbon adds a warm and strong taste to the pie. Bourbon mixes in with the sugars, giving the dessert a distinct depth of flavor and character.
  • Salt. A pinch of salt balances the sweetness, making all the flavors pop without being overly sugary.
  • Pure vanilla extract. Adding a bit of vanilla essence enhances the overall flavors.
  • Pecan halves. The star of the show! pecan gives a rich, nutty flavor
  • Granulated sugar. Stirring in this sugar sweetens the whipped cream topping

Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  1. Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pecan Pie: toss in some dark chocolate chips to add a rich and indulgent twist to the recipe.
  2. Replace whipped cream with ice cream: Serve each jar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious combination of warm and cool.
  3. Toasted Coconut Flakes: Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top for a tropical touch, bringing a hint of nutty and caramelized flavors to complement the pecans.
  4. Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle some warm caramel over the whipped cream for an extra layer of sweetness and a more complex flavor.
  5. Substitute the Bourbon for Cognac and find out how the flavors of your dessert change! (both of them taste amazing!). You can also omit the alcohol if you prefer.
  6. Brown Butter Pecan Pie: Substitute the butter for brown butter and make a brown butter pecan pie
  7. Chocolate Pecan Pie: Add a tablespoon of cacao powder to the filling for chocolate pecan pies
Pecan pie in a Jar (with bourbon)

How to make these individual pecan pies


For the first layer, mix the melted butter and graham crackers in a food processor, until it resembles wet sand. Set aside.

Next, make the pecan pie filling. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, heavy cream, and bourbon, on medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes, mixing constantly with a wooden spoon. The mixture will start to bubble, and then it will start to look foamy and start to thicken. It should be thick enough to stick to the back of your spoon and have an amber color to it.

Remove your syrup mixture from the heat, and add salt, vanilla extract and the 3 cups pecan halves, and mix until pecans are fully coated. Let cool before assembling.

In the meantime, make the whipped topping. Using a whisk attachment, mix the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla, until stiff peaks form

Using small jars, (I used 100 milliliter/3.4 ounces jars) start to assemble your delicious pecan pie. Place a layer of graham cracker mixture, then add a layer of pecan pie filling, and top with whipped cream just before serving for your Thanksgiving dinner or holiday dessert table. I love serving these either at room temperature or slightly warm.

Expert tips

  • Don’t let your syrup mixture boil for too long, or it may crystalize when cooled
  • When making the whipped cream, freeze your metal bowl and whisk attachment for a quicker whipping process
  • Try your filling mixture -when it’s not scorching hot!- and decide if you want to add more alcohol or not. Remember that the alcohol flavor won’t taste as strong when eating it combined with the graham cracker crumbs and the whipped cream

How to store your leftover jars

Store any leftover dessert covered with a lid or plastic wrap, and in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

I like to heat it for a few seconds in the microwave, and then add the whipped cream on top before serving.

Take a look at this video of this Pecan Pie in a Jar Recipe so you can see how quickly these little pies are made!

Take a look at the links below for more desserts in a jar, or click here for more thanksgiving desserts. or here for more Christmas desserts.

Chocolate Raspberry brownie Cheesecake Parfait

Goat Cheese Cheesecake parfait with Honey roasted grapes

Easy no bake Apple Cheesecake Parfait

No bake White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries

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Pecan pie in a Jar (with bourbon)
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Pecan Pie in a Jar (with Bourbon)

If you're bored of the traditional Pecan Pie and are looking for something original and simple, this recipe is just for you!
This super easy Pecan Pie in a Jar is not only easier to make than the original recipe, but it's quicker, delicious, and best of all, has a perfect kick of bourbon to it!
It's the perfect dessert for the holiday season!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Chessecakes and Jars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon pecan pie recipe, Easy Bourbon Pecan Pie in a jar recipe, Maria Corcuera, no churn coffee liqueur brownie ice cream sweet fix baker, pecan pie in a jar recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Maria Corcuera

Equipment

  • 8 100 milliliter/3.4 ounces jars

Ingredients

Graham Cracker layer

  • 2 sleeves graham crackers 270 g / 9.5 oz
  • 11 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Pecan filling

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups pecan halves

Whipped topping

  • 1 Cup heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • For the first layer, mix the melted butter and graham crackers in a food processor, until it resembles wet sand. Set aside.
    2 sleeves graham crackers, 11 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Next, make the pecan pie filling. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, heavy cream, and bourbon, on medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes, mixing constantly with a wooden spoon. The mixture will start to bubble, and then it will start to look foamy and start to thicken. It should be thick enough to stick to the back of your spoon and have an amber color to it.
    1/2 Cup unsalted butter, 1/2 Cup light brown sugar, 1/4 Cup pure maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream, 3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • Remove your syrup mixture from the heat and add salt, vanilla extract, and the 3 cups pecan halves, and mix until pecans are fully coated. Let cool before assembling.
    1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 Cups pecan halves
  • In the meantime, make the whipped topping. Using a whisk attachment, mix the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla, until stiff peaks form.
    1 Cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Using small jars, (I used 100 milliliter/3.4 ounces jars) start to assemble your delicious pecan pie. Place a layer of graham cracker mixture, then add a layer of pecan pie filling, and top with whipped cream just before serving. I love serving these either at room temperature or slightly warm

Notes

Expert tips

  • Don’t let your syrup mixture boil for too long, or it may crystalize when cooled
  • When making the whipped cream, freeze your metal bowl and whisk attachment for a quicker whipping process
  • Try your filling mixture -when it’s not scorching hot!- and decide if you want to add more alcohol or not. Remember that the alcohol flavor won’t taste as strong when eating it combined with the graham cracker crumbs and the whipped cream

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2 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Both the filling and the crust have dairy in them. It will last in the fridge -with or without whipped topping- for up to 3 days 🙂

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