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Caramel Pecan Bars

This pecan bar recipe won first place at a cookie contest held where I work. These rich bars really capture the flavor of pecan pie. —Emma Manning, Crossett, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. In a small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla. Gradually add hot sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs and edges are crisp. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars.
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  • amymadill
    May 27, 2020

    Not sure about this one. It’s easy and the flavour is delicious but the texture is incredibly chewy. Wouldn’t make again.

  • Jodi
    Mar 17, 2017

    Yummy and easy. I knew from 2 sticks of butter and 2 1/4 brown sugar they would be a caramel bomb because that is the same ratio as my famous homemade caramels. I let my butter and sugar come to a low boil for about a minute, cool for a couple minutes then temper into the egg mixture. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator or due to the amount of butter and brown sugar will turn into almost a pecan pie, which I can live with. Sorry I have to share these, Happy Birthday Sammy !!

  • Tammy
    Dec 31, 2016

    These are truly yummy! Not sure why but only let me do 4 stars. The first time I make a recipe I follow it exactly, then tinker later...and it turned out great. I did use a glass pan and increase cooking time. They are moist and if you think they are too gooey I would think you could increase the flour a little bit. I thought they were perfect though.

  • maxizzyjack
    Dec 21, 2016

    I have been baking a very long time and these bars have to be the worst thing I have ever made. Had a terrible texture and an odd taste. I even tried them with powdered sugar no luck. Can't believe the reviews so good!! What a waste of expensive ingredients. Had to throw the whole batch in the trash. I am shocked at Taste of Home. I thought they tested the recipes. This is one of my go to sites, now not so sure. This is the very first review I have ever written, couldn't help myself.

  • cookykamp
    Apr 23, 2016

    These are "da bomb". To solve the problem other reviewers had about being too done on the outside and not enough in the middle, I used a pyrex baking pan instead of metal and increased the baking time by 5 minutes. They were perfect! Will be making these often.

  • angela32
    Apr 6, 2016

    My family loved these!

  • Christa47355
    Mar 16, 2016

    The whole house enjoyed these. I will definitely make them again.

  • SundanceGirl
    Dec 19, 2015

    I followed this exactly and in a 9x13 pan it boiled over the pan in the oven. Sides were very crispy and center was still a runny goo. I left it in three more minutes than had to take it out or the sides would be burned. There is a crusty crust over the whole thing. Not to be detoured, I cleaned the oven and tried again in a jelly roll pan with a larger cookie sheet under it. Had husband drizzle egg mixture in slowly so I could stir well so egg wouldn't cook and maybe not have the crust. Again it boiled over the larger pan and still a crust. First pan tastes wonderful but appearance is not a quality to share. Would rate taste a 5 but I don't know if I'll ever get my pans cleaned so rate a 2 due to the mess.

  • donnasgulfcoastin
    Nov 3, 2015

    Would it be alright to add chocolate chips to this recipe? Granddaughter loves pecan choc. chip pie. Great recipe.

  • cherrylady
    Nov 3, 2015

    Yummy! I made them exactly as written. Next time I will take the suggestion of another reviewer and make them in a jelly roll pan. I think I'd like them thinner. Great flavor!