Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


3 dozen

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
My co-workers request these sweet bars all the time, so I make sure to take some for our group lunches and at Christmastime. The butterscotch chips make them different from most pecan bars. They’re a great way to feature our Georgia pecans, and we call them irresistible!
Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans


  1. In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the milk, egg and maple flavoring. Stir in the butterscotch chips. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 371 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.