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!

Recipe Source Heather Christo_MG_6865

Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 Bars
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


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
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 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.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 609 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 866IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

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. 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 ?

  2. 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!)

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. I haven’t made these yet, but If you will use regular sugar, put 1/2 of it into an iron skillet, stir until it melts and turns a golden color, add to milk mixture and cook until it is thickened (almost like a candy, this should solve the problem. I know, a pain in the butt, but I bet it will be awesome! Has anyone else had a problem making it the way it is in the recipe? I hate putting money and time into a recipe that needs adjusting for it to come out right. This does look delicious!

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

  7. 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

  8. 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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