The Original Classic Kahlua Pecan Pie

Classic Kahlua Pecan PieHeavenly Kahlua Pecan Pie and I go way back. Kahlua was my favorite PR client.  Life Was Sweet. The majority of my Kahlua work was convincing consumers to make something yummy. Our goal was to remind people how MMMMM and OOOOH Kahlua tasted in practically anything – booze, coffee, milk, ice cream, cakes, barbecue sauce, ham glaze, and of course PIE.

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Back then, the ad agency produced a now-legendary little Kahlua recipe book, and bazillions were distributed free via snail mail or at events (write a comment below and tell me if you have one!). One of the classics: the incredible Kahlua Pecan Pie.

If you love pecan pie, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE Kahlua Pecan Pie. Always garners rave reviews. It is a handy recipe, and one that I made often for Kahlua activities. I’ve even carried one on a flight from LA to a meeting in CT. Larry has completely mastered this recipe, he is the pie maker now, and we get requests for it during the holidays. Larry is known for PIE.

Original Classic Kahlua Pecan Pie

  • Pastry crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whole or chopped pecans
  • Optional: whipped cream and pecan halves

Line 9 in. pie pan with your favorite pastry recipe; chill. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and flour. Mix well, beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in Kahlua, corn syrup, evaporated milk and pecans. Mix well, pour into pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees F. and bake until firm (about 40 minutes). Chill. Garnish, if desired. Serves 8 – 10.

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1 Fran November 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I have 4 different Kahlua booklets from the early 1980’s but none had the Kahlua Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe which is now I found your website. I had made that one from an ad in Gourmet Mag about 1985 … it was great … and I have lost the magazine.

Use the booklets all of the time …. you did a good job. Thanks


2 Jacque July 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I absolutely love my Kahlua cookbook… of my favorite recipes to make would be the fudge!

3 Shannon Phillips February 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I have the recipe book too, and yes, the pecan pie is fantastic! But my very favorite part of the booklet is the Kahlúa poem:

Look what Kahlúa can do
this endless delight can treat you to
tastes so delicious, whatever your wishes
Kahlúa can easily do!

Look what Kahlúa can make
from cocktails through dinner to cake.
Enchanting, entrancing, uniquely enhancing
Only Kahlúa can do!

Look what Kahlúa can be
it’s a holiday feast or iced tea!
Whatever your pleasure, it starts with this treasure
of versatility!

4 TOM December 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

Just wanted to say I have one the Kailua cookbooks. I didn’t know they were rare. Now I know I have a keepsake.

5 Karen Guerra November 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

Loreen, when my pie cooled, it set beautifully. I’m not a fan of pecan pies — too sweet — but this one is delicious. Definately a keeper!

6 Worth The Whisk November 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Anne, well the company is wrong about the recipes being lost. I have them all, more than 500!

7 Anne @ Webicurean November 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I still have my book, and it’s the one recipe I’ve been making consistently through the years! In fact, it ended up becoming a staple at a B&B where I worked back in the early 90s. I contacted Kahlua a few months ago about posting the recipe on my blog, and I was surprised to learn that all those recipes had been lost when the company was sold!

8 Chuck November 22, 2012 at 7:48 am

I have the exact little book and LOVE it; have had it for years and always make the Kahlua pecan and sometimes Kahlua pumpkin pies. Thank heavens for Google. I left the book at my beach home, where I usually spend Thanksgiving but not this year. Thanks for posting the recipe.

9 Worth The Whisk November 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Loreen, yes I believe they will set. Hot sugar is syrupy.

10 Loreen Eliason November 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Have my pies in right now, but they are sort of soupy…..smell great. I hope they will set as they chill as I have to move onto other cooking..

11 Donna in Kansas City November 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

What a great post re the recipt book. I have had it for years and it has become my holiday pie. Friends and family always ask me to bring the Kuluha pecan, which I will do again this year. I just though I would see if it was on here before I run to the store tonight again without the receipt and buy the wrong stuff !!

12 Robin November 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I feel so “special”! I have my little book of AWSOME kahula recipes. It is very loved. Didn’t realize what I had. Think I will laminate!
Thanks all for sharing!

13 Brendan Tripp November 16, 2012 at 6:33 am

I loved that cookbook, and would make the Kahlua Pecan Pie every Thanksgiving! Back in the day (when that came out) I did a lot of “archaeological vacations” in Mexico, and would always make sure to change out my remaining Pesos for (very, very cheap) Kahlua at the airport’s duty-free store on my way back home, so I always had a supply for trying recipes out of that. The other thing I really liked from the book was a sweet potato bake … yum!

14 Joanie November 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for the recipe. Yes, I had the cookbook but lost it in June when my home burned to the ground in a wildfire. Now I can get on with what is expected of me for the holidays.

15 Carol November 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I actually do have a copy of the wonderful little Kahlua cookbook. I think it came to me from my mother and now my daughter just emailed me asking that I bring the pie recipe with me when we gather for Thanksgiving. Isn’t it nice to hand down delicious recipes and customs from generation to generation.. Happy day.

16 Judy P November 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I am a recipe junkie. I have boxes of recipe pamphlets going back to the late 30’s that I inherited from my grandmothers. Many are for brands that no longer exist.
I just happen to have the Kahlua pamphlet and I love it. I am going to have to build another room soon to hold my collection.

17 Worth The Whisk November 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Awwww, Tony, you made my heart sing! Luckily, 6 or 7 little booklets only takes up 1/2 inch width on the cookbook shelf.

18 Anthony S. Burkett November 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi Patti!

Two things!

Number !: Your blog is absoluty the BEST!!! I Love it when I receive an email containing the next addition of your blog because I know there is going to be a tasty treat inside waiting for my attempt at perfection. And that’s not to mention the pleaseure I recieve from hearing about yours and Larry’s latest globe trotting adventures.

Number 2: No one needs 6 or 7 “little Kahlua receipe books”…. do they?….and somehow despite my almost lifelong romance with this delicious liquid gold, I have negelected to acquire one…. if you can’t tell me where I can get one of these little jems…. may I have one of yours? 🙂

From a dedicated fan….. Please keep the posts coming!


19 Worth The Whisk November 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

Rhonda, I would bet you can find a copy of the Kahlua recipe booklet on Amazon or ebay!

20 Rhonda Mannes November 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

I am so sad! I lost my book over the years in moving. Where can I get another?!


21 Worth The Whisk November 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Paul, we just moved, too. And guess what, we unearthed our last six of these treasured booklets.

22 Paul G November 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I actually had one of the recipe booklets, lost it in one of several moves and then found another about 8 years ago on eBay! The pie was wonderful but I really loved the Cornish game hens and the Chinese chicken salad.
Paul 🙂

23 Worth The Whisk October 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Denise, I actually have 500+ Kahlua recipes. This one still tops the list of all time classics.

24 denise October 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

OMG! I remember that book!!! My dad owned a liquor store and brought that booklet home. I decided to make it. Mind you I was under 21 at the time, but my Dad said go ahead and make it. I wish I still had that book. So glad I found it on your site!!

25 Worth The Whisk December 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Jan, I agree with you, it DOES get better with each bite.

26 Jan December 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

I tried the kahlua pecan pie at a church potluck luncheon and it got better with each taste! I’m glad I found this recipe and will be making it for Christmas this year! WIsh I’d known about the recipe booklet, I would love to have one!

27 lindalobo December 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

Thank you so much for the glaze recipe..I really appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

28 Worth The Whisk December 22, 2011 at 8:53 am

Linda, here is that ham recipe!

Kahlúa Baked Ham

10 lb. precooked ham
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons Kahlúa
1/2 cup Kahlúa
2 tablespoons dry mustard
Whole cloves

Place ham with rind on a rack in roasting pan, fat side up. Roast in 300 degrees F oven, 18 minutes per pound. During last hour, trim rind, score fat (criss-cross) and stud with whole cloves. Sprinkle top with brown sugar, then 3 tablespoons Kahlúa. Pour 1/2 cup Kahlúa mixed with mustard into pan. Baste frequently with pan syrup.

29 lindalobo December 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I haven’t ever heard of the recipe book…wish I had one. Sounds great. I saw your recipe for the pecan pie and now have a copy..thank you. I believe I must have had that pecan pie recipe years ago, because I know I have made it. What I really need is the recipe for the ham glaze. Used to make it for my Christmas hams but have misplaced mine. Enjoyed reading everything and all the posts.

Thank you,

30 Joe November 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

I have a copy of the book and LOVE it! My pecan pie always gets eaten first at any gathering I take it too. The apple pie is delicious too.

31 Jacquie VW November 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I first made this pie when I but a young thing, newly married, and beginning to contribute to the feasts. It always got rave reviews. I pulled the recipe out of a magazine and have guarded it with my life, but the recipe binder is not accessible at the moment.

My husband just did an internet search for it, and asked “Does your recipe have chocolate chips in it?”

“Yikes! No get off that site!”

Thanks for having the recipe available, and for the reassurance that I’ve got the right one. I’ll add it to my Epicurious box so that I always have it wherever I am.

I used to have one of the cookbooks – but I purged over 50 books from my collection a decade or more ago, and sadly, that one was given away. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it at the used books stores.

32 Richard Faessel November 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hello all, so funny to run across this web site…we have one of the kahula Recipe books and have a sister-in-law thats keeps claiming its hers…ha ha…would be glad to scan and send it to you? Richard

33 Worth The Whisk November 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

Happy to oblige, Kathryn. Here is the Kahlua Pecan Pie recipe — Larry makes it often, and beautifully!

34 Kathryn Crookston November 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

I had one of the recipe books for 30yrs. Everyone loves my Kahlua fudge. BUT I went to get the book to make the Kahlua pecan pie and having moved a yr ago, I couldn’t find it. I am beyond sad. Can you help me.

35 Connie snyder March 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Glad to find pecan pie receipe. Lost my booklet I had for years; Would like the pumpkin pie receipe too. Connie

36 Worth The Whisk December 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

Trang, Cathy and Joanne — that little booklet is a treasure! I’ll be making more of its contents in the coming year.

37 Trang December 24, 2010 at 6:52 am

My dad got the book over 15+ years ago and started the tradition of kahlua pecan pie and kahlua pumpkin pie for the holidays! To this day I still make the pies every Christmas and thanksgiving, family and friends joke you’ll need a designated driver if you eat a slice (ok I tend to add an extra splash or two of Kahlua) lol!

38 Cathy December 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

I have this book somewhere and make the kahlua pie but I didn’t want to hunt for my book. Had no idea it was an “item”.

39 joanne December 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Somewhere in my boxes of collected recipes I have your booklet. How fun ! This Christmas I am going to try the yummy looking pecan pie ! Thanks for the posting.

40 Worth The Whisk December 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

Valerie, I worked for the Kahlua company for years, have at least 500 Kahlua recipes in my collection, but never encountered a Kahlua Marshmallow Pie. Do share!!

41 Petester December 5, 2010 at 5:53 am

I have had that little recipe book since it came out and have used this recipe many times over the years. Sometimes I even add dark chocolate pieces to the mix which everyone loves.

42 A Canadian Foodie December 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I do NOT have the book – and I am IN! This recipe looks fantastic. Of course, I use Kahlua in my Tiramisu, and I also have another deadly pie recipe that I have transformed into a truffle – and the filling is great in coffee. Maybe it was in the book? Kahlua Marshmallow Pie? It has chocolate cookie crust and the filling is a cup (yup) of Kahlua, a jar of marshmallow cream and I cannot remember – but more than a fair amount of whipping cream whipped… It is STILL a favourite.

43 Crustabakes November 25, 2010 at 12:37 am

This sounds like something worth trying! 🙂

44 Worth The Whisk November 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Happy to oblige, Theresa. I find those booklets all over the place here, and the newer version which I actually produced. Will feature things from that one, too.

45 Theresa November 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thank you for posting the recipe! I have that little Kalhua book somewhere, & have made this pie for several Thanksgivings. I must have tucked it into a larger cookbook or magazine and haven’t seen it in a while. This pie was requested for this year’s celebration and I’m thrilled to have found the original recipe, thanks!

46 Kelly November 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

Yum. That pie looks so tasty as did the Croque Monsieur in your last post, though I am more of a Croque Madame girl myself. 🙂

47 Worth The Whisk November 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Dorothy, I know you are the Blue Ribbon Pie Winning Blogger out there. Make one. Total yum.

48 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious November 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Miss American Pie (moi!) thinks she needs to make this!

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