Easy Pecan Pie Bars

Calling all pecan pie lovers! These Easy Pecan Pie Bars have all the flavor of a traditional pecan pie, but it a convenient take-on-the-go bar form.

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Pecan pie is a classic dessert that is typically enjoyed after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. But why limit yourself to the holiday season? These delicious pecan pie bars are one of my family’s favorite recipes to enjoy all year round.

Buttery pecans atop an easy shortbread crust make this pecan bar recipe the perfect dessert for any occasion. And because it’s made with simple ingredients, it’s an easy recipe for the huge pecan pie fan in your life.

Why You’ll Love These Pecan Pie Bars

A dessert bar that has all the flavor of pecan pie, but easier to transport- what’s not to love?

  • Easily transported – Because this is a dessert bar, they’re easy to cut and transport to whatever gathering you’re bringing them to.
  • Fun twist on a classic – It doesn’t get more classic than a pecan pie, and these bars are a fun way to enjoy the loved dessert.
  • Simple ingredients – You can easily find most of these ingredients in your pantry. Everything else is found at the grocery store.
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Pecan Pie Bars Ingredients

You only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this easy pecan pie bars recipe.

  • All purpose flour – We use flour for both the crust and the filling. The flour helps hold everything together.
  • Fine Sea Salt – Sea salt gives a clean salty flavor.
  • Unsalted butter – So that we can control the amount of salt going in, we use unsalted butter here. We don’t want too much salty flavor. Make sure it is cold, as this will be used to form the buttery crust.
  • Vegetable shortening – This buttery shortbread crust also uses shortening. It has a higher melting point, so it makes rolling out the crust much easier.
  • Pecans – You can either buy these already chopped, or chop them into small pieces yourself. Your pecan pie bars will taste fine either way.
  • Light brown sugar – If dark brown sugar is all you have on hand, that’s fine. Just be aware the molasses flavor will be much bolder.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – The warm flavors of these spices is the best way to bring these bars all together.
  • Dark corn syrup – Corn syrup not only is used for a sweetener, but also as a way to provide a smooth texture for the filling.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla adds another flavor dimension to these bars. It balances out the bold flavors of the pecans and dark corn syrup.
  • Eggs – Eggs help to hold these easy pecan pie bars together. Any time you see eggs in a recipe, assume they are large eggs.

How to Make Pecan Pie Bars

You are going to love how easy it is to make these pecan bars- even with a homemade crust!

  1. Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt together. Sifting them together evenly distributes the flavors.
  2. Cut in butter and shortening. Using a pastry cutter, a food processor or a fork, cut in the butter and shortening until it looks like coarse crumbs. Then sprinkle the water into the crumb mixture using a fork until it starts to hold together.
  3. Refrigerate dough. Shape this dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
  4. Prepare pan. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper (you can use a few drops of water underneath the parchment paper to hold it in place,) and preheat the oven.
  5. Roll out dough. Roll the pecan pie bars dough out on a floured surface. Line the bottom of the pan with the dough then prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Add back to the refrigerator until the oven is heated. The dough thickness doesn’t need to be perfect and smooth.
  6. Bake. Bake the crust, remove and set aside. Then turn down the oven temperature.
  7. Make the filling. In a medium saucepan heat the brown sugar, dark corn syrup, butter, flour, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a small bowl beat the eggs and add a large tablespoon of the corn syrup mix stirring constantly so that the eggs don’t set, this called tempering. Remove from the heat and stir it all back together.
  8. Prepare bars. Add chopped pecans to the bottom of the bottom of the baked crust. Fill the crust with the sugar and egg mixture, the pecans will rise to the top.
  9. Bake. Bake until the edges are nice and browned.
  10. Slice. Wait until it cools to slice.

Variations

If you feel like your pecan pie bars recipe needs to be firmer, you can either use more eggs, or more pecans. You could also use flour or cornstarch. I like to add a few tablespoons of flour.

You can enjoy these dessert bars either hot or cold. I personally like it to be hot with a scoop of ice cream, I like vanilla ice cream best. You can eat it cooled, like a brownie, too. Spoon sauce over like caramel, fudge or even bourbon sauce.

You can also make these as a round pie. When I make a regular pie I don’t use the flour in the pecan pie filling, as I’m not so worried about it holding together so much. Otherwise, it’s basically the same. Also try our cream cheese pecan pie!

How Do You Say Pecan?

So now onto the question you all want to know the answer to: how do you pronounce PECAN?

Why are people asking me this? I am certainly no English expert, but my understanding is that both ways are correct, just depends on what part of the US are in.

Northerners say “puh-KAHN” while Southerners say “PEE-can”. Take your pick.

Freezing and Storage

Storage: Once the pecan pie bars have cooled and been cut, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days.

Freezing: You can also freeze them. Just make sure they are wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in an airtight container.

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5 from 8 votes
These EASY Pecan Pie Bars have all the flavor of a traditional pecan pie, but it a convenient take-on-the-go bar form!
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients

Pecan Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour , plus more for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cold, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3-5 tablespoons ice cold water

Pecan Pie Filling:

Instructions

Pecan Pie Crust:

  • Whisk or sift together the flour and salt. Blend in cold butter using a pastry cutter or grating in cold butter and shortening until it looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the water into the dough mixture using a fork until it starts to hold together.
  • Shape this dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper (you can use a few drops of water underneath the parchment paper to hold it in place). Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface until 1/8” thick. Line the dish with the dough then genoursly prick the bottom of the dough with a fork.
  • Add back to the refrigerator for another 10 minutes to chill.
  • Bake the crust for 15 minutes, remove and set aside.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Pecan Pie Filling:

  • In a small saucepan, heat the brown sugar, dark corn syrup, butter, flour, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat.
  • Temper in the eggs by beating the eggs and adding a large tablespoon (ish) of the sugar corn syrup mix while whisking. Whisk consistently so the eggs don't cook.
  • Return the egg mixture to the saucepan, continuing to whisk until fully combined. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the pie crust. Pour the sugar over the pecans.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Remove and allow to cool before serving.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Notes

Once the pecan pie bars have cooled and been cut, they can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 365 kcal, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 18 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 81 mg, Sodium: 138 mg, Potassium: 98 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 46 g, Vitamin A: 394 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 44 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 365
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan pie bars
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Pecan pie bars are my most favorite kind of bars in the whole wide world! These ones looks too good to pass, need to try these!

  2. 5 stars
    The best! These are perfect year-round and come together so easily! I cannot wait to share them with our friends!

  3. 5 stars
    I love pecan pie so I had to try these bars! Wow, they were fantastic and I could take them with me to work. Thank you so much for this great recipe!