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Pecan Pie Bars for a Crowd Recipe

Pecan Pie Bars for a Crowd Recipe

I love to cook large quantities and do most of the cooking for our church functions. People seem to enjoy these scrumptious bars even more than pecan pie. -Clara Honeyager North Prairie, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:72 servings


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until crust edges are beginning to brown and bottom is set.
  • 2. For filling, combine the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust.
  • 3. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are firm and center is almost set. Cool on wire racks. Cut into bars. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6-8 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 214 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Pecan Pie Bars for a Crowd

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chefmd User ID: 6661215 244967
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Delicious, freezes well"

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 240097
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"I made a "half" recipe- just the right amount of crust to filling. The freeze well too"

Jauntybutterfly User ID: 5555690 239590
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This was the best recipe in place of pecan pie, which met with a 100% approval rating!"

mcmata007 User ID: 3766155 239104
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"I cut in half also for one large pan. They were perfect. Love them."

Sage5307 User ID: 6950039 238800
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"There was way too much flour in this recipe - I spent around 45 minutes 'cutting' the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter. I thought my arm was gonna fall off! I even added 6 tbsp of ice cold water to it, but that didn't help. I substituted 1/2 sugar & 1/2 Splenda in both the pastry & the filling & I used LITE corn syrup, since we have a bunch of diabetics in the family. The real workout was cutting the squares out of the heavy duty cookie sheets - then my arm did fall off! In the end, they were really good, but too hard of a workout for me!"

Biskattey User ID: 8008301 238755
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"Excellent taste. Took to 3 different get togethers. Everyone loved it. I cut the recipe in half. Next time I may try an extra Tbl of butter for the crust. It was very crumbly when trying to press in the pan. I'll be making this for cookie trays at Christmas. Great old recipe."

coolasschic User ID: 168421 238641
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Very good! I used three 9x13 " pans and it fit perfectly."

caroldonlon User ID: 3843987 238285
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"I cut the recipe by 1/2. These were delicious, like much better than a pecan pie."

kathidahl User ID: 1718596 238097
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Disappointed in these, but I will try again. I'll use less flour as suggested in the crust and I'll add some molasses and a bit of salt for flavor in the filling. Wish I had made slightly less filling also as doluco suggested. Did not over flow but came VERY close. I will re-rate after I make them again."

annecooks User ID: 8360491 237993
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"The next I make these I'm going to use less flour and put additional salt in the flour and add salt to the filling."

Gevena User ID: 6597832 237967
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"I made these for my daughter-in-law's birthday party and they were a big hit! Several people said they were better than pecan pie. That being said, I did have a HUGE mess on my hands when I made them, as they ran over in my oven. What a stinky mess as the filling continued to burn in the hot oven! I used two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans as stated in the recipe, but it was just to much filling for that size. Next time, I will definitely not fill the pans quite as full in hopes of avoiding a burnt, stinky mess. Thank goodness for a self-cleaninng oven! These are very yummy!"

doluco User ID: 5839693 237966
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"So good! I also cut the recipie In half & cut the corn syrup to 1 cup & the sugar to one cup in the filling. This seems to be just the right sweetness for us."

jeanc47 User ID: 7157598 237818
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I will join the crowd with a rousing cheer for these pecan bars. I love them! Easy to make and to substitute. I made the mistake of picking up a bag of walnuts instead of pecans and didn't notice until I got I used the walnuts reluctantly because normally I don't like them too much in baked goods. But I also added sliced almonds to offset the walnut taste and made a half batch....WOW. I wanted to freeze them for Thanksgiving but I cannot stop eating them. I feel it's just the right amount of sweetness in the filling and so chewy and crunchy...better than pecan pie, I agree. Will be making a full batch with pecans for the Holidays! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe. Jeannie Speakman"

sgfilippo User ID: 894584 235645
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"Been making this recipe since it came out in TOH 2005. Excellent! Easy to make and take to outings."

SharonDetweiler User ID: 2604437 53524
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"I cut the recipe in half, I cut the corn syrup to 1 cup, I only used 1/3 heaping cup of sugar. Loved this recipe!!"

Xahra User ID: 7983877 53523
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"I made these for my apt complex Thanksgiving potluck and i won the award for Best dessert! !!!

I was thrilled and overjoyed as i don't consider myself to be a good pastry chef. These bars were simply delicious. Thank you for this amazing recipe."

KayTay01 User ID: 6658584 135098
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"These are the best pecan bars. They taste better to me than a pecan pie. Not as sweet. I made these for a July 4th gathering and people couldn't keep their hands out of them. My sister (who never asks me to bring anything) made me promise to make them for Thanksgiving."

vvg User ID: 5709102 135096
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I lost this recipe and am SO HAPPY to find it again! This recipe is my son's favorite. It makes a lot, though, so I cut the recipe in half. Awesome!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2350474 135095
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"These bars are excellent. I make a lot of cookies and brownies for Christmas and this recipe will be one that I will make over and over."

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