Caramel Pecan Pie


My almost-two-year-old is driving me nuts.

And not the “pecan” kind of nuts.

She used to be this sweet little girl. She’s absolutely adorable, don’t get me wrong… but she has one heck of a scream to her.

She was a binky kind of girl up until two weeks ago. I got so sick of her talking with her binky in her mouth that I tied it to a balloon and made her let it go.

I’m mean.

Apparently she’s trying to get me back.

It’s a power of wills right now.

What she doesn’t know is that I am the queen of manipulation.

And well, I am pretty good at bribing too.

To be completely honest, I have a squirt gun {don’t judge me, she’s loud}.

Every time she screams I give her a blast of water to the face.

Ok, I’m really mean…

I haven’t taken it out in public yet only because I don’t want people to stare or call CPS… also because it’s like a giant super soaker 3000. It doesn’t fit in my diaper bag.

I am considering getting a concealed water gun carrier licence. I want a small squirt gun to whip out when she gives me grief at the grocery stores.

Oh she has no idea who she’s up against.

I practically invented evil-doing and annoying.

She must be the “you’ll get yours” my mom is always talking about…

Do you have one of those too?

Back to nuts…

I have to be honest with you again… this must be my confession time…

I have never liked Pecan Pie.

I know, I know, I am practically un-American.

I think it’s the Pecans. They taste squeaky.

I just loved the idea of adding caramel to the pecan pie. It completely changes the texture, and brings out the full flavor of the pecans.

I am a changed woman.

This is a wonderful twist on a classic.

I pretty much used this pie to drown out the screams of little-miss-screamy-pants.

It works.

Take this to Thanksgiving dinner.

Check the water guns at the door.

Unless gramp-gramps is a screamer…

Caramel Pecan Pie
  • 1 unbaked 9inch pie crust
  • 36 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1½ cups Pecan Halves
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine caramels, butter, and milk. Stir constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour. Slowly add the caramel mixture a little at a time (being careful not to scramble the eggs), and whisk until it’s all blended. Stir in the pecans and pour into the prepared pie crust.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. Serve slightly warm with ice cream, or whip cream. Divine!

recipe adapted from Pecan Pie Recipes


  1. Krystal and Brad Cooley says:

    What a funny post! LOL!

  2. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} says:

    Oh Shawn…love you to death! The super soaker idea, totally stealing that. Although, I'm sure a slice of this would definitely calm my nerves!

  3. Mmmmm that pie looks gud.
    Love chris

  4. Thanks for your recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. I wonder…instead of needing to unwrap all those caramels, would a jar of carmel sauce work instead?

  5. Shawn @ I Wash... You Dry says:

    So glad you liked the recipe! It is a little time consuming to unwrap the caramels, but worth it in the end! I am not sure how a jar of caramel sauce would turn out, if you try it let me know!

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  7. Absolutely crying over how to control your screaming child. I use my spray bottle to control my dog’s barking (same thing, right?) It works! I tried using it to get my teenager daughter out of bed (this is the one my mother wished on me) – doesn’t work quite as well. She got out of bed but she still missed the bus – can’t figure that one out to this day.

    Your recipes sound wonderful – I’ve printed several and will try at least one tonight! I look forward to future posts!

  8. This post cracked me up! My strong-willed child was first so when the second easy going cherubic baby came along it was quite confusing as I had already known I wasn’t going to win any mother of the year awards. Well with this second one….I could have. By then I realized that they are born the way they are….quiet,loud,sweet or aggressive,,,,they come already assembled. So refreshing to hear a Mom be honest….love that!!! Your blog is just a delight! Thanks!

    • Thanks Gretel! I fully believe they are born the way they are! All 4 of my kids are so so different, it really boggles my mind! Thanks for your sweet comment! :)

  9. i have to make this. Love caramels

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