Best pecan pie life hack: Do not pierce the dough for this pie with the tines of a fork or anything else to make it bake flatter. The sugary filling will sink below the crust as it bakes and makes the pie stick inextricably to the pie dish! You?ll never get a neat pie slice that way ? Then again, that can be fun too. Additional tips: For crunchier pecans in your pie, toast and cool the nuts at 350°F for 10 minutes and cool before folding into pie filling! If you really love chocolate, whisk 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder into the egg mix for an even richer chocolate taste.