Pecan Pie Bars

With a buttery shortbread crust and caramelized pecan filling, it’s impossible not to love these sweet and nutty Pecan Pie Bars!!

Make pecan pie bars as a dessert for the holidays, or a homemade neighbor gift. Anyone who likes pecan pie (and even those who don’t!) LOVE these Pecan Bars. For more delicious bars try Millionaire Bars, Churro Cheesecake Bars, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars.

Pecan Pie square cut and placed on wax paper.

BEST EVER Pecan Pie Bars

Today I’ll be sharing with you a fall favorite – Pecan Pie Bars!! Pecans are especially popular this time of year during the holidays, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is strictly a seasonal recipe.

These yummy Pecan Bars are so gooey and addicting, you’ll likely find yourself making this delicious dessert all year round. If you’re a fan of Pecan Pie, you will absolutely LOVE these bars.

With a buttery shortbread crust and caramelized pecan filling, it’s impossible not to like these sweet and nutty bars. I’m thinking we might make these for dessert on Thanksgiving, or even as a homemade neighbor gift during Christmas time.

Shortbread Crust pressed into a glass pan

How to Make Pecan Bars

CRUST. Mix flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in cold butter to create coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

FILLING. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Spread over the hot crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.

BAKE. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until filling has set. Cool completely before serving.

Note. You can put the bars in the fridge overnight to help them set before cutting them, which means they can be made a day ahead of time. Perfect for holiday!

Pecan filling poured on the shortbread crust.

Tips + Storing Info

If you need to use a smaller pan you will have to increase the bake time and keep an eye on it.

To prevent the top from being runny, make sure it’s baked all the way. You want to make sure the top doesn’t jiggle, and if it does, be sure to bake it a bit longer.

If you have leftovers afterwards (which isn’t likely since they disappear quickly), cover and STORE in the fridge for 3-4 days.

FREEZE in gallon sized freezer bags with parchment paper in between each layer of bars. They will keep for up to 6 months!

Easy Pecan Pie Bars sliced and placed on wax paper.

For anyone that loves the classic Pecan pie recipe, they will definitely love the bars version. 😉

For more pecan recipes, check out:

Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

5 from 23 votes
With a buttery shortbread crust and caramelized pecan filling, it's impossible not to love these sweet and nutty Pecan Pie Bars!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 581 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

Filling

Instructions
 

  • Mix flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in cold butter to create coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Spread over the hot crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  • Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until filling has set. Cool completely before serving.

Video

Adapted from tasteofhome.

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  1. OMG!! I’m going to have to make these next weekend when my daughter comes home. Her and I LOVE pecan pie!!! Can’t wait to make this!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      My family RAVED over these. Super delicious! I added a little scoop of hagendaz vanilla ice cream. Made these for my (cheat day) yesterday, now I’m fighting the urge to get the Tupperware container and finish them off along side steaming cup of hot coffee. 😁 My new favorite! I will definitely make these again at Thanksgiving, and Christmas and on Tuesday….

      1. Yay!! I’m so happy to hear you and your family loved them. I bet having them with Hagendaz took them to the next level. YUM!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. So looks like letting any pecan pie set up means baking until set, right?
    No I have not made a pie from scratch before
    Ever. So the words , let the pie set up and let the filling set , are very New to me.
    These pecan pie bars look delicious .
    Please let me know by e-mailing me to the address midnight0675@frontier.com

  3. I have made these three time during the holidays for pot luck meals and they were such a hit, I have made other pecan pie bars but never even came close to your recipe. I carry the recipe on cards when I take these to functions. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

    1. I would just store them in an airtight container or cover them with plastic wrap, if you leave them in the pan.

  4. I’m making these for thanksgiving this year. I have the taste of home recipe And compared it to yours. TAste of home RECOMMENDS a 15×10×1″ baking pan. Yours calls for a 13×9. Will the filling spill over using the smaller sized pan? I noticed the ingredients & measurements are the exact same, except for the corn syrup. Yours calls for 1/2 cup less than taste of home. Will using less corn syrup keep spillage from happening? thanks for your help!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made pecan pie cookies, but this looks even easier to make with all the pecan pie goodness!! Can’t wait to give this a try for christmas!

  6. 5 stars
    I MADE THESE THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND THERE WERE HARDLY ANY LEFT BY DESSERT TIME ON THANKSGIVING DAY. SUPER EASY, AND SUPER DELICIOUS. EVERYONE KEEPS ASKING WHEN IM MAKING THEM AGAIN…… WINNER!

      1. I am looking forward to make these for the first time. Based on all the positive comments I am excited to try it. Can I use MAGarine instead of unsalted butter?

    1. Since, they continue cooking, once out of the oven, you may need to lessen the baking time. You might have a really hot oven 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    These were great! I actually halved the recipe and it worked fine. I also used “My Buddy’s Nuts” Hot & Spicy pecans. It gave a bit of heat but all of the sugar helped so that they were not too hot. I am looking forward to making them again. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    So i actually don’t love pecan pie, but I had these bars a t a friends house and really liked them. I can’t wait to make them myself and just in time for thanksgiving.

  9. 5 stars
    Made these for a friendsgiving this weekend and got so many requests for the recIpe. Took leftovers to my parents and my mom said “your Pecan Pie squares were beyond words! SO SO GOOD! Please make them for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day! etc!” Haha! Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    HONESTLY, THE BEST RECIPE AROUND FOR PECAN PIE/BARS. THIS IS A PERFECT RECIPE. DON’T CHANGE A THING! I HAD MY HUSBAND DO A TASTE TEST — THIS RECIPE AGAINST THE PIE HIS COMPANY GIVES OUT EACH YEAR (WHICH HE CLAIMS IS DELICIOUS). THESE WON, HANDS DOWN. NOT EVEN CLOSE! THESE ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE AND GIVE AS A GIFT.

  11. 5 stars
    These hAve become my #1 favorite pecan recipe! With the shorTbread crust, these bars ARE BETTER than Pecan pie which used to be my favorite Fall dessert. Search no more for pecan pie bar recipes. These are to die for! Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    I usually make pecan pies for Thanksgiving but decided to try pecan pie bars this year. I may never make pies again! These are delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    These are delicious! Going to have to hide from hubby so we have enough for the party!
    Can these be made ahead and frozen?

    1. LOL!! You can keep them in gallon sized freezer bags with parchment paper in between each layer of bars. They will keep for up to 6 months!

    1. I haven’t tried with premade pie crust. I’d be curious to hear how they turn out/taste using that. I’m a big fan of that shortbread crust, so I haven’t deviated from the original recipe. 😉

  14. Nelson Albert I really love looking at Those Pecan Bar’s and I am going to get my wife to make some of those for Christmas Day says:

    5 stars
    I really love those Pecan Bars and I am going to have my wife to make some for Christmas and she really love Pecans and I have a big box of pecans coming from a friend of mine that raises Pecans

    1. Oh that’s awesome!! Hope you enjoy the bars. I imagine they will be extra delicious with those fresh pecans!

  15. 5 stars
    These are my first dessert I make every Thanksgiving!! SO good!! If you love pecan pie – you will love these bars!!!

  16. I made these for Christmas and I followed the recipe. However, it didn’t seem to be enough butter for the shortbread crust. The crust was not firm, it did not brown within 20 minutes, and I could still see flour that the butter did not absorb. Any suggestions?

    1. I’m not sure?? I haven’t had that happen to my crust before. Every oven is slightly different so perhaps it needed just a bit more baking time to golden up a bit. It’s kind of that fine balance between baking long enough and not too much to make the crust too hard. I’d say just keep a close eye on the baking time. Also, making sure the butter is cut in as evenly as possible and that the mixture is crumbly before pressing into the pan…. that may help the butter be more evenly spread and no patches of flour.

      1. I’ve noticed the crust can sometimes be “ floury” instead of crumbly when I put it in the dish but I use my food processor to mix it up and it turns out fine. You might try using a dab more cold butter .

  17. 5 stars
    I made these today for a Valentine’s Day surprise because Pecan Pie is my hubby’s favorite. Fingers crossed that he loves them because I’d love to sub these for pecan pie at Thanksgiving due to how much easier they are to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

      1. He loved them so much he’s asking me to make them again.. Even my daughter who claimed to not like pecan pie was devouring them! So I’m currently waiting for the crust to finish so I can pour the filling and get them baking 😊