Holiday Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

This rich holiday dish is courtesy of Laura McNeill. Writing as Lauren Clark, Laura’s charming short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, appeared in our Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. We’re pretty sure you’ll love this pie just as much as you’ll love Laura’s Christmas tale!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

I make this recipe during the winter holidays each year and it gets rave reviews from family and friends. It’s sweet, chocolaty, crunchy, and decadent! A friend of mine shared the recipe with me several years ago and it’s a must-have now at my house. It’s easy and really delicious!

If you prefer not to use alcohol, substitute one part non-alcoholic vanilla extract plus two parts water for the ¼ cup of bourbon.


  • 1 9 inch pie shell (deep dish)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 F

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool slightly.
  2. In a large bow, combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Slowly pour sugar mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until set and golden. Serve warm or chilled.



Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.

Laura McNeill

 52C copy2Laura McNeill, the author of Center of Gravity, adores hot coffee, good manners, the color pink, and novels that keep her reading past midnight.  Laura is a fan of balmy summer nights, fireflies, and pristine mountain lakes. She lives in northern Alabama with her two sons.

 You can find Laura Tweeting @Lauramcneillbks and blogging at Laura’s new domestic suspense novel, Sister Dear, will be released by HarperCollins April 19, 2016.




  1. Thank you for featuring the recipe! It’s a real winner for the holidays! xoxo Laura