Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars Recipe
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Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars Recipe

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My co-workers request these sweet bars all the time, so I make sure to take some for our group lunches and at Christmastime. The butterscotch chips make them different from most pecan bars. They’re a great way to feature our Georgia pecans, and we call them irresistible!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 371 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the milk, egg and maple flavoring. Stir in the butterscotch chips. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Caramel Bars in Country October/November 2005, p49

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lsarets 59204
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Tasty and chewy"

scungenator 68453
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I have made pecan bars from many different recipes, and this is by far the best. Every time I make them, someone asks for the recipe. The butterscotch chips is what does it!"

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