Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks

Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks 1

This Thanksgiving, I have so many things to be grateful for that they could fill an entire blog of their own. I’ve been incredibly blessed.

But I’d like to take  minute and say thanks to all of you: thank you for indulging me as I share my recipes and for helping this little blog turn into something that means a lot to me and that has led me on an incredible journey. It’s given me confidence, (in the kitchen and out of it), given me the opportunity to travel to new places and make new friends (and to reconnect with old ones!), and has turned into quite the interesting little job (I know I complain about being overworked sometimes but I never forget how lucky I am to have not one but two jobs that I love with all of my heart). I couldn’t have done any of it without your support.

I’m contributing two dishes to tonight’s feast: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad and this Pecan-Bourbon Tart. I’ve been making this tart for years, and it’s Shawn’s favorite dessert. Every bit as sticky and gooey as your favorite pecan pie, this tart gets a warm, complex flavor from bourbon and molasses. Cut your slices small; a little bit of this goes a long way!

Happy Thanksgiving from my kitchen to yours!


Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks 2

Pecan-Bourbon Tart

Serves 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 60 minutes

Adapted from Cooking Light


  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
  • pinch Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 cup Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 package Refrigerated Pie Dough (or your favorite recipe)
  • 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips


  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine first 9 ingredients, stirring well with a rubber spatula to ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Coat 11-inch tart pan with cooking spray. Press dough into pan. Pour filling into crust; top with pecans. Bake 45 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  4. Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl; microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir; microwave another 30 seconds. Stir until melted. Use a fork to drizzle melted chocolate over tart.


By on November 22nd, 2012

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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3 thoughts on “Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks”

  1. Have a great Thanksgiving! The tart is a great twist on pecan pie. This kind of pie has always been one that’s satisfying after a sliver.


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