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Pecan Pie Bars

These pecan pie bars are rich and delicious - just like pecan pie! They're perfect for taking to potlucks and other gatherings...I always come home with an empty pan. These Kentucky Derby pecan pie bars are the perfect snack while watching the races. —Carolyn Custer, Clifton Park, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press firmly onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat the milk, egg, vanilla and salt until smooth. Stir in toffee bits and pecans; spread evenly over baked crust.
  • Bake until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool. Cover and chill; cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Pecans have a higher fat content than other nuts, so they’re more prone to going rancid. They’ll stay fresh for twice as long in the freezer as they would at room temperature.
  • Place a damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping on the counter while you chop your pecans
  • Pecan Pie lovers can find more desserts here.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 127 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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    • Charlene
      Jul 21, 2020

      I am going to try these, can you tell what I can use instead of the milk chocolate English toffee bits please? I can't find from these

    • Luke and Pam
      May 28, 2020

      OMG. what a great treat! The only question i have, is my bottom crust stuck to the glass casserole dish. Did not affect the great tast but the presentation suffered. Does any one have an idea what I might have done wrong.? Any ideas greatly appreciated. The assisted living home we took them to are ready asking if we will be making them again.

    • CARRIE
      Apr 24, 2020

      I made these for the first time for a super bowl party - actually heard people moaning while eating them. Not only are they easy to make and delicious, but they also freeze exceptionally well. I now keep a batch in the freezer (cut up) at all times.

    • Lila
      Dec 26, 2019

      Delicious. My guests loved them. They were easier to make than I feared. I sat in front of the TV to crumble the butter into the flour. My store didn't have toffee chips; the only toffee in the supermarket was Almond Roca. About half of the can made it to baking day to be chopped up and subbed for toffee bits. It took about 30 minutes to bake and I gave it quite a while to set up and cool. Fabulous. The crust is like a crumbly, buttery shortbread: a good confection on its own. These are not too sweet at all (keeping in mind that I did not use a bag of toffee chips), but it is a dessert after all, and so good with coffee!

    • Sasha
      Oct 13, 2019

      Delicious! On the sweeter side but expected with condensed milk recipes. Great for sweet tooths! @Kris the toffee bits brands I know of are Hershey's chipits and Heath

    • Laurie
      Oct 1, 2019

      Easy to make, but not so great. Crust was exceptionally too thick and far too sweet. Will not be making these again

    • Kris
      Oct 1, 2019

      I have wanted to find this recipe for awhile. However, I am confused about the milk chocolate toffee bits. Is there a name brand for these. I am not familiar with them. Please help!

    • Mary
      Mar 31, 2019

      Have made these for years and they are great! Line the pan with parchment paper so that you can lift them right out of the pan for easy slicing!

    • lkleditz
      Dec 25, 2018

      Delicious and easy to make. Coworkers loved them.

    • anita_koester
      Nov 12, 2018

      Just finished making these bars. They are very good. I followed the recipe exactly as written and did not have any issues. Delicious! Will absolutely make them again!