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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, cubed
  • 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 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.
  • 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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Jodi User ID: 9112317 263570
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 !!"

Tammy User ID: 9010337 258948
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."

maxizzyjack User ID: 7388218 258444
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."

cookykamp User ID: 8319766 247399
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."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 246679
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"My family loved these!"

Christa47355 User ID: 1164600 245546
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

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

SundanceGirl User ID: 7228365 239749
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."

donnasgulfcoastin User ID: 2863920 236275
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

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

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 236242
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!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 226459
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

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

joanneopperman User ID: 8301709 223230
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"Making it gkuten free next time"

[email protected] User ID: 2134232 214609
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Great. Had a hard time dissolving the brown sugar. How long should it take?"

waltpat4life User ID: 1464083 80875
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"These are so yummy! My husband asked if I'd make them again because I'd taken them to a meeting and he hadn't gotten enough! They were very easy as well."

Reeno3782 User ID: 7144568 33056
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"So easy and yummy!!"

nbeckman User ID: 138091 80874
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013 Edited Sep. 18, 2014

"Toasted the pecans (5 minutes at 350 degrees) and cooled them before adding. Mixed it all in the saucepan I melted the butter. Took about 35-40 minutes to bake in a 10 x 10 pan. Cut beautifully, tasted amazing - a keeper! 5 stars!"

Kbrown2525 User ID: 1184944 79931
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Very good and quick to make. Just made them for the second time and added chopped dates. I think you could also add coconut."

NuclearNana User ID: 6408840 80451
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"This is a easy, relatively quick recipe to make. I made it by the recipe the first time and wonder if the sugar really needs to be dissolved in the butter prior to mixing everything together. It doesn't need to be done in brownies and this is a brownie without the chocolate. My husband really liked it but I would prefer it to be sweeter. It sounds unbelievable with over 2 cups of sugar it didn't really taste sweet to me. The flavor was good so I will try mixing it like I do brownies to save cleaning a pan. We loved the 2 cups of pecans. I may frost them with homemade caramel icing."

speek User ID: 4715527 71687
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Very tasty and easy recipe. My one negative comment is that there is no way a person can cut this into 48 pieces considering the nuts in the recipe."

Alinn29 User ID: 7347166 28595
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Super easy, and tastes like pecan pie!"

shellabe1974 User ID: 7201706 31794
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"These bars where EXCELLENT. crunchy on the outside and nice and chewy on the inside. It was very easy to make and I didn't have to change a thing. I will definitely make again."

Martelisa User ID: 3215648 28594
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"This is really good! Would definintely make it again."

cook4my5kidsandhub User ID: 6650348 28593
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"These were really good. I ended up covering the top with tin foil towards the end as I felt the top was browning too quickly while the middle was not done. These are yummy!"

rascal4268 User ID: 5396923 25469
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"OMG I wanted to eat them all myself"

sjpoor User ID: 2565047 44675
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"These are really great. Wouldn't change a thing. Have to hide them if planning on using them for a function or they evaporate!"

RendiB User ID: 6619601 61680
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Taste great and pretty easy to make."

JessicaLott User ID: 6189151 102037
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Very good and very easy! They have a great flavor and texture that everyone loved."

Justaname User ID: 5961618 80449
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"All the same flavors as a pecan pie, but so simple to make."

tabitha0824 User ID: 4076464 80448
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"wonderful flavor!! Fairly easy to make. I made them for a workplace "cookie swap". they were a huge hit!"

trudi.taylor User ID: 1325952 27921
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"I found the middle was not done whilst the outside was. I'd go with making a larger pan so it wasn't as thick, it did taste good but if I cooked it any longer the outside would have been overbaked as it was I did it the whole 25 mins and my oven usually is right on for recipes."

JanetDeBerry User ID: 2534529 87299
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"These are beyond fabulous. I will make them and give them often. They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. They will be one of my Christmas presents to family and friends"

tastingtoni User ID: 1820537 203794
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"I made this recipie several times from Halloween through Christmas. easy, delicious & requested by friends, family & co-workers all the time. Sinfully delicious. Recipie requested by too many to count."

clovely User ID: 4487026 25468
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"This recipe is absolutely fabulous! I have made it twice in the past week and it has been a major success. My family and friends devoured these so unbelievably fast! I will definitely continue to make these. Try this recipe! It's great!"

xylo_g User ID: 1242467 31792
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"The sugar was taking too long to disolve, so i turned the heat up, by the time it was disolved, it was too hot cause it instantly cooked my eggs. I was sure to pour slowly and stir continuously. I'll probably try them again, cause I like the challenge."

tastingtoni User ID: 1820537 102036
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"Absolutely sinfully delicious. Now a weekly request from my office staff and my children's school staff for me to make and bring in. Thank you Taste of Home."

nluke419 User ID: 1422819 31787
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"This recipe is fantatic! easy to make (just remember to make sure the brown sugar is dissolved) and extremely tasty. It got rave reviews by everyone at work and in my family. I would recommend it highly to anyone with a sweet tooth!"

dcacpas User ID: 1832281 74557
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"These are wonderful! I like them thinner, so I bake them on a medium cookie sheet instead of the 13x9x2. I have substituted walnuts for pecans and also made a white chocolate macadamia nut version. All variations are great."

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