Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars


Fall is my favorite time of the year. I especially love all of the fall baking that comes with it.  Fall desserts are amazing.  One of my favorite desserts are these Pecan Pie Bars.   How can you now love a shortbread buttery crust with pecans and a caramel glaze coating on top?  Now lets take it to the next level and add some chocolate! 🙂

Everything is better with some chocolate.   And these were sure amazing.  A rich shortbread chocolate crust and a caramel pecan chocolate glaze on top.  These are incredible.  They are a perfect fall dessert and really amazing any time of the year.  But I love how they remind me of a Pecan Pie.  These were a huge hit with everyone and I know that you will love them too!

Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars
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Serves: 12
  • Chocolate Crust:
  • 1 ½ cups All purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into small chunks
  • Pecan topping:
  • 1 ½ cups pecans
  • 10 ounces chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x9 baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and salt. Pulse until combined. And in the cold butter pieces and pulse again until the dough comes together.
  3. Press the dough into the bottom of the 9x9 inch pan. Sprinkle the pecans over the crust and then the chocolate chips.
  4. In a medium sized saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting in squares.

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi. This looks yummy, but am I missing a step? Is the caramel drizzled/poured over the top before baking?

  2. What great recipes. Thanks to you and your sisters for compiling all these in one place.

  3. No way! These look too divine! I’d gobble those up in a heartbeat 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Is step 4 of instructions (In a medium sized saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and the sugar is dissolved.) Is this poured over crust before baking or after? It is not stated in instructions ?

  5. Um, YES. These need to happen in my kitchen asap. Holy smokes, Alyssa!

  6. These look awesome! I’m assuming after Step 4, you pour the mixture over the bars before baking. I can’t wait to try these!

  7. Wow, Alyssa, these look amazing. I can’t wait to make them!

  8. I have never been a huge fan of pecan pie, simply because of the crust. But CHOCOLATE?! You are a miracle worker!! Pinned!!

  9. is there anyway of making them without using the food processor?
    and one more thing, should i put the caramel over the chocolate chips and the pecans before baking, right?
    (sorry if the questions sound silly!)

  10. After you cook the caramel sauce on the stove, do you pour it over the bars and then bake for 25 minutes?

  11. have you tried this recipe in a 9×13??

  12. Laura Manners says:

    I am making these but the crust apparently needs some liquid ?? The dough does not come together. Is there an ingredient missing ?

  13. Was ready to make this and read the comments on Facebook and some Said something was missing in the bottom layer. An egg or some moisture? Thanks for the help. Can’t wait to make these.

  14. I made these yesterday but I think there is a step missing or they need to be baked longer… I poured the saucepan mix over the dough, pecans & chocolate chips, and waited hours for them to cool before cutting but they are still like a pudding. Delicious but not holding together for me.

  15. Your instructions call for salt in the topping. However, you don’t list salt in the ingredients. How much salt should be added?

  16. Pat Simington says:

    Not sure if it is a typo, but do you put salt in the topping? I put it in the crust because no amount listed in ingredients with sauce, only in directions

  17. This didn’t work for me at all. I followed the directions precisely, and it was a big puddle of mush. 🙁 So disappointed.

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