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Caramel Pecan Bars Recipe

Caramel Pecan Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:48 servings


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


  • 1. In a saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla and butter mixture. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the butter mixture. Stir in pecans.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near 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. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 124 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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Reviewed 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 !!"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"My family loved these!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

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

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"Delicious and easy! You will love these if you like pecan pie."

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