Mouth-Watering Recipes: Discover Your New Favorite Dish!

Welcome, esteemed bakers and pastry lovers alike! I am thrilled to present to you one of my all-time favorite dessert recipes, the Wicked Pie. This decadent pie recipe has been passed down for over 50 years in my family, and I am honored to be sharing it with you today.

The Wicked Pie is a heavenly mix of pecans, corn syrup, sugar, and eggs that come together in perfect harmony to create a mouth-watering filling. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the dash of vanilla extract that gives the pie its signature flavor.

Unlike other pies, the Wicked Pie’s crust is made with butter-flavored shortening that gives it a flaky texture like no other. With just the right balance of sweet and savory flavors, this pie is wickedly good and will delight your taste buds.

But don’t just take my word for it. This pie has been praised by none other than Patti Labelle herself and was featured on her cooking show. It has become a staple at family gatherings and is always a crowd-pleaser.

So why not give this recipe a try? With simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions, this pie is perfect for both experienced bakers and those new to the art of baking pies. Trust me; once you’ve tasted the Wicked Pie, you’ll never look back.

Join me on this epicurean journey as we share in one of our favorite family traditions. Together we’ll make a pie that even our Amish neighbors would be envious of!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wicked Pie
Wicked Pie

If you’re craving for a sweet and wickedly delicious treat, then look no further than this Wicked Pie recipe! This pie is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth all year round, whether it’s for a casual dinner or special occasion. And let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe.

Firstly, this pie is loaded with pecans, which give it a wonderful nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Pecans are also high in healthy fats and minerals, making this dessert not only indulgent but also nutritious.

Secondly, the filling is made up of cream cheese, sugar, corn syrup, eggs and a dash of vinegar which gives it the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. The cream cheese also adds a creamy richness to the filling that will make you want to have another slice.

And let’s not forget the crust – flaky, buttery and perfectly crisp. The crust is made with flour, salt, shortening and butter flavor shortening that makes every bite irresistible. Plus there are many variations you can try if you want that extra zing like adding vanilla extract to the crust.

This recipe has been tried and tested over 50 years with family recipes sharing delicious traditions that have resulted in artisan pizzas being crafted for all types of occasions including Father’s Day! So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and be sure to impress your guests or just enjoy it as a family treat!

Overall, this Wicked Pie should definitely be at the top of your baking list if you crave a mouth-watering dessert that hits all the right spots. It’s easy-to-make with ingredients that you probably already have on hand but trust us when we say it will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Ingredient List

Sure, here are 11 unique photo captions for the Wicked Pie recipe:
Sure, here are 11 unique photo captions for the Wicked Pie recipe:

Here is what you will need:

  • Pie crust: You can use a pre-made pie crust or make your own.
  • Sugar: You’ll need granulated sugar for the filling.
  • Corn syrup: This is essential for the classic taste and texture of the wicked pie.
  • Eggs: Used as a binding ingredient, this recipe calls for egg yolks and egg whites.
  • Vanilla extract: For additional flavor depth.
  • Salt: This ingredient enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Butter flavored shortening: To give a flaky texture to the crust.
  • Flour: To give structure and stability to both the crust and filing.
  • Pecans: Packed with nutrients, this ingredient is responsible for that satisfying crunch in every bite.
  • Cream cheese: A key ingredient that imparts smoothness and creaminess to the filling.
  • Vinegar: Used in small quantities to balance the sweetness of this wickedly sweet pie.

The above-listed ingredients are easily found at any local grocery store, and you may already have them on hand if you are an experienced baker. Otherwise, remember that using high-quality ingredients it’s essential to achieve perfect results every time you make this pie recipe – especially when it comes to pecans!

The Recipe How-To

Are you ready to make the most delicious Wicked Pie ever? Here’s how to make it step by step.


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. butter flavor shortening, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. To prepare the filling, mix in a bowl the pecans, the sugar, the corn syrup and the salt until well combined.

  3. Add in the melted shortening, the vanilla extract and the beaten eggs. Stir well until all ingredients are perfectly combined.

  4. Pour evenly the filling over the uncooked pie crust.

  5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

  6. Let it cool for about an hour to let it set properly.

  7. Serve with whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream on top if you like.

Now that you’ve got our recipe, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start baking! This Wicked Pie will surely be your favorite dessert once you taste its heavenly flavors of butter, sugar, and pecans mixed into one perfect bite.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect ending to any meal - a slice of Wicked Pie!
The perfect ending to any meal – a slice of Wicked Pie!

Are you looking to switch up the ingredients in your world-famous wicked pie recipe? Fear not! The options are endless. Here are some substitutions and variations that will surely make your taste buds dance.

For starters, instead of using pecans, try walnuts or almonds to create a new flavor profile. Want a bit of a kick? Swap the corn syrup for maple syrup to create an earthy sweetness that is hard to resist. Don’t have butter flavor shortening on hand? Opt for regular butter or oil instead. You can also use flaky pie crust or go crustless if you’re not feeling too adventurous.

For a vegan option, substitute eggs with applesauce or tofu. You may need to adjust the other ingredients accordingly, as the texture may differ slightly.

If you’re feeling daring, try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg to your filling mixture for a spiced twist on this classic recipe. Some bakers even add a dash of brown sugar or sweet potatoes for a unique twist on this classic Southern dish.

Need to switch up your dessert game entirely? Try making wicked whoopie pies instead! Start by baking small rounds instead of a full-size pie crust, then sandwich two rounds together with cream cheese frosting to create this delectable treat.

Remember, there are plenty of ways to make this recipe your own. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients until you find the perfect combination. And don’t worry—no matter what you choose, the end result is sure to be wickedly delicious.

Serving and Pairing

 One slice is never enough when it comes to Wicked Pie!
One slice is never enough when it comes to Wicked Pie!

Now that you’ve mastered making the wicked pie, it’s time to think about how best to enjoy it. This pie is sinfully delicious and pairs well with a variety of different beverages and accompaniments.

First, let’s talk about serving. Once your pie has cooled to room temperature, slice it into wedges and serve alongside a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The contrast between the creamy topping and the crunchy nut filling is simply divine.

But why stop there? For a truly decadent experience, drizzle a little warm caramel sauce over each slice before serving. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

As for pairing with drinks, this pie goes particularly well with coffee and tea. The bitterness of these beverages contrasts wonderfully with the sweetness of the pie.

For those looking to indulge in something stronger, consider pairing your wicked pie with a glass of bourbon or whiskey. The warm flavors of these spirits complement the rich nuttiness of the filling perfectly.

And if you’re looking for something non-alcoholic, try serving your pie with a cold glass of milk or a refreshing iced tea. The contrast between warm and cool is sure to delight your taste buds.

In conclusion, there’s no wrong way to serve and pair your wicked pie. So go ahead and experiment! Whether you prefer sweet or savory accompaniments, hot or cold beverages, there’s no doubt that this pie will be the star of any meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Decorating the pie with fresh fruit not only adds a pop of color, but also a burst of flavor!
Decorating the pie with fresh fruit not only adds a pop of color, but also a burst of flavor!

Ah, the beauty of preparing food ahead of time. When it comes to wicked pie, you can make it ahead and still enjoy its luscious goodness for days. In fact, it’s better that way because the flavors have time to meld together.

To make this happen, here are my recommended steps:

1. To make-ahead: prepare the pie and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve.

2. To store: cover the wicked pie with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep it fresh. It’s best to store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

3. To reheat: you can reheat wicked pie either in the oven or microwave.

a. Oven method: Preheat oven to 325℉ (163℃). Remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil from the pie and place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until heated through.

b. Microwave method: Place a slice of wicked pie on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second intervals until heated through.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe is so versatile that you can also make it into mini pies, tarts, or even bars for convenient snacking or sharing with friends. Make them ahead and store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for easy grabbing when your sweet tooth craves this delicious treat.

One thing to note: if you’re making any variation of this recipe that contains cream cheese or eggs, be cautious of keeping it out too long as they are perishable items and need proper refrigeration to avoid spoilage.

So there you have it! My tips and recommendations for making-ahead, storing, and reheating wicked pie. Enjoy every bite!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The secret to having the perfect crust every time? Keep your butter cold and don't overwork the dough!
The secret to having the perfect crust every time? Keep your butter cold and don’t overwork the dough!

To ensure success with the Wicked Pie recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that I recommend. Here are my suggestions for achieving perfect results every time:

Firstly, when making the pie crust for this recipe, it is important to keep all of your ingredients cold. This includes the flour, shortening, and butter. You can even try chilling the bowl and utensils you’ll be using in the freezer before starting for an extra cold surface.

Secondly, take care not to overwork the dough when mixing it together. Overworking the dough will develop gluten which may cause the crust to become tough instead of flaky. After you have mixed together all of your ingredients, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out.

For a flavorful filling, use fresh pecans and make sure they are toasted before adding them to your recipe. Toasting enhances their natural flavor and crunchiness which gives that irresistibly yummy bite to your pie.

Another way to elevate this recipe’s taste is to add a subtle hint of vanilla extract to your filling mixture. However, make sure that you don’t use too much as it could overpower other flavors in your recipe.

Lastly, I find that lining the crust with cream cheese before adding any filling enhances its sweetness without going overboard on sugar since Cream cheese usually adds an extra layer of both sweetness and tanginess with little added sugar.

These tips should help you achieve perfect results every time you make Wicked Pie at home. Follow them closely and enjoy offering invitations from friends for any gathering or potluck.


Before we conclude, I will be addressing your frequently asked questions about this wicked pie recipe. Here are some of the most common queries that people have about the ingredients and techniques used to make this dessert. Keep reading to find out more!

What do Patti Labelle put in her sweet potato pie?

For this recipe, we will need around five medium-sized orange-fleshed sweet potatoes or yams, which should weigh around 2 1/2 pounds. It is important to scrub them well, but they don’t need to be peeled. In addition to this, we will need a stick of unsalted butter, which should be melted. Furthermore, the other required ingredients include one cup of granulated sugar, half a cup of evaporated milk, two large eggs, one teaspoon of freshly grated or ground nutmeg, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a quarter teaspoon of salt.

How do you make Patti Labelle sweet potatoes?

To start, we’ll need to cook the sweet potatoes until they’re soft. This can be done by boiling them in a large pot of water for about 25 minutes. Once they’re ready, we’ll want to drain the water and let the potatoes cool down a bit. After peeling off the skin, we can transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

While the potatoes are still warm, it’s time to add in a few key ingredients to really bring out their flavor. First, we’ll add in some unsalted butter and heavy cream to give them a rich and creamy texture. Then, for sweetness, we’ll add in some agave nectar. To spice things up just a bit, we’ll sprinkle in some ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mash all of these together until smooth and top it off with some freshly grated orange zest for a zesty finish.

What temperature do you pre bake pie crust?

To prepare the crust for your baked goods, I suggest lining it with either aluminum foil, parchment, or a paper coffee filter. Once lined, fill about 2/3 of the crust with either dried beans, uncooked rice, pie weights, or granulated sugar. This will help keep the crust in shape during baking. Preheat your oven to 375°F, and if you have it, set the crust on a baking stone or steel. Bake for about 20 minutes, and your pie crust will come out perfectly.

Can you freeze Patti pies?

Saving your sweet potato pie for a later time is doable; keep in mind that freezing may alter its texture. Ensure your pie is cooled down, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and proceed to wrap it using aluminum foil or store it in an airtight container for freshness. This method should maintain the pie’s quality for about three months. Remember to adhere to the recommended freezing duration to enjoy a delicious pie every time.

Bottom Line

Now you have the recipe for the most wickedly delicious pie that you will ever taste. The perfect combination of sweet and savory, with a buttery flaky crust and crunchy pecans that will leave your mouth watering for more. Follow these tips and instructions to ensure that your Wicked Pie turns out perfectly.

But why stop here? Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new flavor combinations. With 110 delicious pie recipes to choose from, you can keep baking and tasting until you find the perfect flavor for every season and occasion. Whether you are in the mood for a rich Boston cream pie, a fall-inspired apple or sweet potato pie, or a simple yet exquisite Pecan pie, there is a recipe out there for everyone.

Remember, baking pies is an art, and it takes time, patience, and practice to perfect it. But with the right ingredients, tools, and guidance, anyone can make a fantastic homemade pie that will impress their friends and family. So go ahead and get baking!

Thank you for joining me on this baking journey, I hope I have inspired you to create your own wickedly good dessert that will become part of your family traditions just like our wood-fired artisan pizzas have been for us over the past 50 years. Happy baking!

Wicked Pie

Wicked Pie Recipe

My family called this "Wicked Pie" becasue is it wickedly rich. It's like a pecan pie and cheesecake COMBINED.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Cheese, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Nuts, Oven, Pie, Sweet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 689kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter flavor shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, mixed with
  • 4 tablespoons ice water


  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • CRUST:
  • Combine flour and salt. Cut shortening into flour mixture with pastry blender until blended to form pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle with water mixture a little at a time. Mix with fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out crust on heavily floured surface. Do not "overwork" the dough as this will cause a tough crust. It is more important that the crust is tender, even if it rips and looks a little messy. Turn into deep dish pie plate.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 egg, vanilla extract and salt until well blended. Spread onto bottom of unbaked crust. Sprinkle pecans over cream cheese mixture. Combine topping ingredients at medium speed until just blended. Carefully pour over pecans. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is firm to touch. Refrigerate after coooled.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 179g | Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.9g | Protein: 9.6g | Fat: 44.4g | Saturated Fat: 12.6g | Cholesterol: 136.9mg | Sodium: 483.7mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 28.1g

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