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Cinnamon Pecan Bars

I'm a special education teacher and we bake these bars in my life skills class. It 's an easy recipe that my special-needs students have fun preparing. —Jennifer Peters, Adams Center, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package butter pecan cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon baking chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar. Add eggs and melted butter; mix well. Stir in pecans and baking chips. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 185 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • jon.ruth.alumbaugh
    Jun 2, 2019

    Wow. Just wow. Baking couldn't be easier than this. And the end product is wonderful! Jennifer Peters nails it with this simple recipe with add ins. I followed it to a "t" and underbaked it a bit because I like my bars a little chewy. Shared it with friends since this makes a big 13x9inch pan. Since the batter was thick, I found it easier to just press it into the pan. Yum!

  • Rosemary Swope
    Oct 14, 2017

    When I got my Oct.-Nov. 2017 Simple and Delicious magazine I couldn't wait to try these bars. My husband and I think they are wonderful! Made them as written, except because I have a dark non-stick pan baked them at 325. Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing your recipe. I can see why your class enjoys making them too.

  • randcbruns
    Jun 5, 2017

    This is one of the easiest recipe I've ever made. My boys really over enjoyed. Like others mentioned, it cooks faster than listed.

  • deb9962
    May 18, 2017

    I used a butter cake mix & put ground pecans & cinnamon chips sprinkled on top before baking. Family tested, family approved.

  • tkuehl
    May 15, 2017

    Oh my gosh!!! This recipe is so easy, and tastes great. I agree with other reviews, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle would make a decadent dessert for sure. My husband loved them, and he doesn't like sweets, so you know they were a hit. I have since shared this recipe with several friends and made a batch for the guys at work, and took some to a school honors banquet. A must try, and I am guessing that once you try them, the combinations are endless with swapouts on the flavor of the cake mix and chips.

  • gunslinger
    May 15, 2017

    Made these for a recent potluck and they were very tasty. One friend who tried them said all they could use to improve them was a big scoop of ice cream on top and a drizzle of warm caramel syrup!

  • amehart
    May 7, 2017

    These were super simple to make and very good. As others mentioned they were done a little sooner than the recommended time. I had some leftover cream cheese frosting from a carrot cake I had made, so we tried the bars with the frosting, with powdered sugar and plain and they were simply delicious every way.

  • annrms
    May 6, 2017

    I made the Cinnamon Pecan Bars earlier today. I could not find the Butter Pecan cake mix so I used a butter cake and added pecans. I also cut the brown sugar in half; just don't enjoy overly sweet things. Yum! For a "not so frequent baker", this recipe was easy to follow and make!

  • delowenstein
    May 6, 2017

    Thank you fellow reviewers for sharing what you'd done with this recipe! I did not have cinnamon chips or butter pecan cake mix! I used peanut butter chips and a butter cake mix. The brown sugar I had on hand was light brown. I baked just 20 minutes! delowenstein, Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor.

  • Shawn
    May 5, 2017

    Very easy and a nice slightly sweet bar. I baked mine for the recommended time, and the edges were a little dry, otherwise very good