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 User ID: 2485466 59204
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Tasty and chewy"

scungenator User ID: 5084712 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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