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Pecan Pie Bars

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 36
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We transformed your favorite, rich and gooey Thanksgiving pie into an easy, shareable bar! These pecan pie bars deliver big on the traditional nutty, caramel flavor and the recipe yields 36 servings. So you can forget baking two pies, this recipe will feed your whole crowd! All it takes to get these bars baking is your 13x9 pan and 15 minutes of prep time. Once they’re cut and cooled, dip them in melted chocolate for a decadent holiday treat everyone will adore.
Updated Nov 11, 2023
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What Are Pecan Pie Bars?

All the deliciousness of pecan pie rolled up into 36 delightful bars that can feed a crowd! If you’re looking to have the classic flavors of pecan pie but not such huge portions after loosening your belt from the big meal, these pecan pie bars are perfect.

How Do I Know When Pecan Pie Bars are Set?

Bake them for the minimum time (25 minutes) and check them for the visual doneness cue. Is the top firmer looking that when they went in the oven? Does the filling move much when you jiggle the pan? If the filling is firm and not very jiggly, they are done. If not, bake a minute or two longer and check them again.


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • Semisweet chocolate chips, melted, if desired
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix granulated sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in flour. Press dough in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, beat brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the salt and eggs with spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust.
  • 4
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Loosen edges from sides of pan while warm. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Cut each bar diagonally in half. Dip 1 end of each bar into melted chocolate; lay flat on waxed paper to dry.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Love this idea but running short on time? We’ve got a shortcut version, which uses Betty’s sugar cookie mix. Give Easy Pecan Pie Bars a try and come back to this recipe when you have more time, so you can see how they compare.
  • tip 2
    Cut your pie bars into perfect slices by cutting diagonally in half before dipping in chocolate.
  • tip 3
    It’s worth it to make sure you’ve pressed the dough ½-inch up the sides. If you do less than that, the pecan filling will bubble up and get stuck on the sides during baking, making it difficult to remove the bars nicely.
  • tip 4
    To cut your bars with nice, clean edges, use a sharp-tipped knife. For more tips, check out this article about cutting beautiful bars
  • tip 5
    Ohh do we love a great pecan bar! If you’re looking for something that’s a bit different, check out our easy pecan pie bars, coconut-pecan bars or pumpkin pecan cheesecake cookie bars.
  • tip 6
    For more presentation ideas that’ll give your bars a look that’s equal to their taste, check out this article about cutting beautiful bars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute honey for corn syrup?

Corn syrup (either the light or dark varieties) should be used for this recipe, as it sets up nicely when baked, to make sturdy bars with a firm filling. Honey or other syrups may not set up the same, so you’ll find yourself with bars that have a gooey filling that’s too soft to cut into bars.

Why Are My Pecan Bars Hard?

Most likely, you’ve over baked them or your oven was too hot. Ovens get hotter over time, so to be sure it’s running at the temperature you want it to, keep an inexpensive oven thermometer near the middle of your oven. Always bake, using the minimum time suggested. Check for the visual doneness cue—in this case, it’s “until set”. If your bars aren’t set, add another minute or two of bake time until they are set.


115 Calories, 5 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 16 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
5 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
25 mg
60 mg
40 mg
Total Carbohydrate
16 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Making a pie can be intimidating to some. If you’re in that camp, you’re not alone! Whether you say “no” to pie because of the prep involved or you’re just looking for a dessert with the flavors of pecan pie but that’s not quite as filling or as rich, you’ll love the ease of this recipe. And oh, what a bonus--you can feed a crowd with just one pan of these delicious bars. Or try any of our other non-pie holiday desserts.
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