Favorite Pecan Pie Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
Make these irresistible pecan pie bars as a food gift for your most-special loved ones—or simply enjoy them as your own special treat!

Updated: May 03, 2024

If you’re a fan of pecan pie, the classic American dessert, we’ve got something you have to try. These Test Kitchen-approved pecan pie bars are quick and easy. They also happen to be so tasty and cute that they make quite the impressive food gift. Make them for someone you love, or just to snack on when you need a sweet treat!

Ingredients for Pecan Pie Bars

  • Cold butter: Cold butter is the key ingredient to a flaky pie crust, and for the base of these bars.
  • Corn syrup: This recipe uses corn syrup as a sweetener, but if you prefer to use a different sugar alternative, try brown rice syrup.
  • Pecans: Splurge on the best-quality pecans you can find for this recipe. The recipe calls for chopped pecans, and you can toast them first if you prefer a darker, nuttier flavor.

Directions

Step 1: Make the pastry dough base

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about the size of peas. Press the pastry dough into a greased 15×10-inch baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

Editor’s Tip: You can make the pastry dough base in a food processor if you’d prefer. Simply add all the ingredients to the food processor, and pulse several times until the butter is broken down.

Step 2: Make the filling

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla. Stir in the chopped pecans. Pour over the hot crust, and use a spatula to even out the top.

Step 3: Bake the bars

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven, and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely in the pan. Once cooled, cut into the bars, and enjoy.

Pecan Pie Bars arranged on a plain surface ready to serveTMB Studio

Pecan Pie Bar Variations

  • Add chocolate: Add a chocolate element either with some chocolate chips mixed into the filling, or with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top after it comes out of the oven.
  • Add coconut: Shredded coconut is a great addition to all things pecan. Add it to the filling, sprinkle it on top, or try both for an extra coconutty flavor!
  • Add salt: Top your bars with a sprinkle of flake salt for the perfect touch of savory to balance the sweet.

How to Store Pecan Pie Bars

Store your pecan pie bars, wrapped or covered, in the fridge for up to three days, if you can even keep them around for that long! Storing in the fridge will also help make cutting them easier.

Tips for Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars served on a surface TMB Studio

Mark NeufangTaste of Home culinary assistant, offers even more tips on how you can bake the perfect pecan pie bars at home:

How can you tell when pecan pie bars are done?

The filling should be just set; a tiny bit of a jiggle when you tap the edge of the pan while it’s in the oven is fine. The bars will continue to bake in the pan after you take them out of the oven. Much like a cheesecake, these bars rely on eggs to set them, and you don’t want to over-bake the bars and risk a crack in the center.

What can you do with extra pecans?

If you picked up a bag of pecans for this pecan pie bar recipe and still have some left, put them to use in our sweet and savory pecan recipes. Some of our favorites include pecan coffee cake and cream cheese turtle cups.

Watch how to Make Favorite Pecan Pie Bars

Favorite Pecan Pie Bars

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 45 min
Yield 4 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt; cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20 minutes.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Spread over hot crust.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 157 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

These pecan pie bars are the perfect little gift. Send your favorite holiday travelers on their way with a package of these nutty pecan pie bars to eat when they get home. —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri