While pecan pie is a Thanksgiving classic, not every holiday host has the time (or patience) for homemade pie crust. Fortunately, transforming pie into a cobbler decreases the skill level but not the flavor. Why is Jeanette’s pecan pie cobbler so easy to make? Premade pie crust layered with a quick pecan custard cuts the time and effort in half. Learn how to make pecan pie cobbler for your Thanksgiving table or any cozy night by the fire.

How to Make Pecan Pie Cobbler

With a few simple shortcuts, pecan pie cobbler mixes together in minutes and bakes in under an hour.  But what exactly is a cobbler? Before we detail this recipe’s simple steps, here’s some background on the history of cobblers as a simpler dessert solution.

History of Cobbler

A truly American recipe, cobblers originated in the British American colonies as a variation of the traditional English pudding. Since cooking supplies and ingredients for puddings were scarce, colonists were forced to improvise like the busy cooks of today. To mimic a traditional pudding, early cobblers had a crust of biscuit or dumpling dough over a stewed fruit filling. 

The term “cobbler,” is a bit more ambiguous. It could be referring to a common wooden mixing bowl of the early 19th century or the dessert’s bumpy topping that resembles cobblestones. While this topping defines today’s cobblers, some, like this pecan pie cobbler recipe, also consist of a bottom crust. Additional variations also include both savory and sweet fillings.

Are Pecans Good For You?

Though they may be disguised in a sweet and sticky pecan pie cobbler, protein-rich pecans contain important nutrients. 

The health benefits of pecans include:

  • Improved cardiac health: The monounsaturated fat in pecans has been proven to improve cardiac health by lowering cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Increased antioxidant levels: Pecans are high in antioxidants, making them particularly helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease as well as certain cancers.
  • Heightened immune support: Pecans are also high in vitamins A and E as well as the minerals zinc and folate. All of these nutrients boost the immune system to fight off illness and disease.

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Pecan Pie Cobbler Recipe

A gooey pecan cobbler is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving dinner and is easy enough that it can even end a weeknight meal. The secret is in the premade pie crust and the simple filling that comes together in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 ½ cups light corn syrup
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups pecans, halved
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 4 tsps vanilla

Preheat oven to 425℉ and lightly grease a 13×9 glass baking dish. Remove one packaged pie crust and roll it out to fit the baking dish, laying it gently on the bottom. 

In a large bowl, whisk corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs together until well combined. Add chopped pecans and stir. 

Pour half of the filling on top of the pie crust. Remove the second packaged crust and roll it out to fit the baking dish. Lay it gently on top of the filling in the dish and spray with cooking spray.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until lightly browned, and remove from the oven.

Lower the oven temperature to 350℉ and spoon the remaining filling over the top crust. Arrange the pecan halves on top of the filling and bake for 30 more minutes or until the filling has set. Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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