Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Pecan Pies 

While working on the pie section of our recipe book featuring nuts, several of us made a number of different pecan pies, then invited a group of men to test them all. They, of course, were in 7th Heaven! They all agreed that every recipe was good, but voted Zee Pape's recipe as the best. And no wonder, as Zee and her husband own Pape's Pecan House in Seguin, Texas and deal with pecans every day!! This recipe is one of many pecan recipes she gives to customers.


3 eggs
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. corn light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 c. chopped pecans or pecan halves
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 9" unbaked pie crust

Beat eggs well and stir in rest of ingredients. Pour into 9 inch unbaked pastry shell. Bake in 350 degree oven 45-50 minutes, until crust is browned and filling is slightly puffy. Cool on rack to room temperature before serving. The filling will flatten and become firm on cooling.

And coming in second was a surprise---but I guess even big kids like peanut butter!!!


3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. dark Karo syrup
3/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. pecans
1 9” unbaked pie crust

Beat egg slightly. Add Karo, sugar, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir until blended. Add nuts. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350º for 50 to 55 minutes or when knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

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A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization


Contact Us

735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Active Military - FREE (Spouse & Children Free with ID)