Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars for a Crowd Recipe
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Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars for a Crowd Recipe

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These melt-in-your-mouth bars from Mary Jean Hlavac in McFarland, Wisconsin are simply to die for. They go together in 10 minutes, and even though the chocolate layer takes time to harden (think make-ahead convenience), these treats are definitely worth the wait.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) caramel ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 140 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with pecans. Drizzle caramel topping evenly over pecans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully spread chips over caramel layer. Cool at room temperature for at least 6 hours or until chocolate is set. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p61

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Delicious! I made these for a potluck at work and everyone loved them."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"my family loves these and ask me to make for all special occasions"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Could cashews or almonds be used in place of pecans?"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"This recipe is wonderful! So good and so quick and easy. Certainly a favorite of the family...never any left. They freeze well too."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"My family loved these bars...soooo rich and good. I thought they were a little expensive (pecans alone were $6) but I will make again."

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