Pecan Dessert Recipes

Pecans star in pecan pie and pralines, and play supporting roles in carrot cake, ice cream, coffee cake, and more. These pecan dessert recipes will satisfy every sweet desire.

Staff Picks

Coconut Pecan Frosting II

Rating: 5 stars 87
This frosting is great on many cakes, not the least of which is German Chocolate Cake.

Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

Rating: 5 stars 276
These squares are my husband's favorite. We get some real, pure maple syrup from back home in Ontario, Canada, and they are just to die for. Hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Salted Pecan-Maple Ice Cream

Rating: 5 stars 13
This is an utterly delicious ice cream recipe. The sea salt adds a perfect touch.

Nickie's Apple-Pecan Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
Nickie, my boss, made this cheesecake and brought to work. Everyone raved about it, and it is to die for! I know of no one who does not like it, although it may not be so beautiful to look at.

Chocolate Pecan Delite

Rating: 5 stars 57
This layered dessert with a pecan crust, cream cheese and pudding is a favorite of most all.

Caramel Pecan Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 777
Buttery caramel candies add extra flavor to a classic holiday pecan pie.

Amazing Pecan Coffee Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 825
Melt in your mouth. My mother-in-law actually asked for this recipe... now THAT'S saying something.

Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie

Rating: 5 stars 36
This is my own invention--combining chocolate with a pecan pie seemed like such a good idea. I decided to try it, and the result was delicious. In place of instant coffee, try using espresso.
By Jeannette Gartner

Carrot Cake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 7173
A simple, moist, yummy carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
By Allrecipes Member

Sock it to Me Cake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 108
A butter cake mix helps make this cake with cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans fairly quick and easy to achieve.
By Allrecipes Member

Grandma's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
My gramma used to bake cakes and pies during the Depression and my grampa would sell them door-to-door and on the street corners to support them during that awful time. This is one of my favorites.

Millionaire Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
I have been making this pie every Thanksgiving and it's usually the first pie to finish. This recipe makes two pies.

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Old Southern Chocolate Pecan Sheet Cake
Rating: 5 stars 33

I received this recipe from an old Southern cook, a copy of a copy of a typed-up sheet from long ago, annotated with her notes (which included the word oleo instead of margarine). I've never seen another chocolate cake recipe like it, which instructs the cook to heat part of the cake batter on the stove, and pour the cooked icing over a hot cake. The result is a wonderfully rich (yet surprisingly light) chocolate sheet cake topped with a cooked chocolate and pecan frosting. This cake has an incredible homemade taste, yet is foolproof! Will make you forget Duncan Hines®!