Easy Pecan Pie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 01, 2023
I'm always searching for fast and easy recipes to take to the teachers lounge. The staff goes nuts for these shortcut pecan pie bars. —Kathro Yoder, Defiance, Ohio


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 13x9-in. baking dish. Reserve 2/3 cup cake mix; set aside. Combine remaining cake mix, butter and1 egg; beat on low speed until blended. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For filling, beat corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and reserved cake mix until blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with pecans.
  3. Bake until center is set, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before cutting into bars and serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • When using corn syrup or honey, spritz the inside of the measuring cup with cooking spray. The liquid will slide right out, ensuring you get every last drop in your recipe.
  • We know nuts are expensive, so when they go on sale it's time to stock up. Just pop them into the freezer, and they'll be good for about a year.
  • Other nuts work quite well. One of our favorites is almonds.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 bar: 223 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.