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Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars takes the amazing pecan pie and transforms it into irresistible bars. A buttery shortbread crust that gets topped with a caramel pecan glaze, these are perfect for feeding a crowd! 
I love serving easy to make bars at a gathering. These Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars  and Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars are also a family favorite to make!
Pecan Pie Bars stacked on top of one another.

Pecan Pie Bars

These delicious bars were one of the first things to make it to the blog! And they have always stood out as one of my favorite recipes, especially because I love pecan pie so much. I have had a lot of pecan pie bars and I can assure you these are the very best. Some pecan pie bars crack at the top, but these turn out perfect every time. They are perfectly soft and chewy and the buttery shortbread crust is to die for. Whenever I take these to a gathering they are the first thing to go. Everyone raves about these bars and I know that you will agree that they are the BEST! You have to make them this holiday season!

How do you make pecan pie bars?

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper leaving a 2 inch overhang. This makes clean up a breeze. Make the crust by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly. Press the crust into your 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Bar base placed on aluminum foil.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a medium sized saucepan. Stir over medium heat for about a minute and stir in the chopped pecans.
Pecan mixture in a large bowl with a stirring spoon.
  • Remove the hot crust from the oven and pour the pecan filling on top spreading it over the surface.
Pecan mixture being poured onto the crumb base.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let the bars cool completely before cutting. Lift the bars out with the foil and peel the foil off the bars. Slice and serve. Store in an airtight container.
Pecan Pie Bars prior to being cut.

Do pecan pie bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Make sure to store your bars in the refrigerator in an airtight container once they have cooled. This will help to prevent foodbourne illness from happening.

Can I freeze pecan pie bars?

Yes. Pecan Pie Bars freeze great! Let it cool completely, wrap tightly and freeze. Let the bars thaw completely in the refrigerator, and then you can also revive them by putting them in a low oven for 20 minutes.

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Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars

5 from 7 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars takes the amazing pecan pie and transforms it into irresistible bars. A buttery shortbread crust that gets topped with a caramel pecan glaze, these are perfect for feeding a crowd!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings

Ingredients 

For crust:

For pecan topping:

Instructions 

  • Preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper leaving a 2 inch overhang.
  • Make the crust by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly. Press the crust into your 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan. Stir over medium heat for about a minute and stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Remove the hot crust from the oven and pour the pecan filling on top spreading it over the surface.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let the bars cool completely before cutting. Lift the bars out with the foil and peel the foil off the bars. Slice and serve. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Photo update 9/20/18 Recipe Slightly adapted from Allrecipes Honey Pecan Bars

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 454IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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39 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have made these from multiple family potlucks and I always get rave reviews! They are so yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    I had seen this on pintrest and decided to try it on my family for Thanksgiving! I had a large number of people to serve so I increased the recipe by 1 & 1/2.
    I have to say that I can’t imagine this recipe using the original measurements, because the results of this using the increased amounts was positively AMAZING!!!!
    It was so well received that I am going to make batches to give to family for Christmas gifts!!
    This will be a recipe that will be used many, many times in the future!!
    Thanks for making this so easy to follow and simple to increase!!

  3. These are wonderful. I’ve made them a lot of times and they are everyone’s favorite. My bank loves it when I bring treats but these and choc. chip cookies are their favorite.

  4. 5 stars
    I made these last night. I was looking for a pecan bar recipe that wasn’t gooey and could pack well into my Christmas cookie tins. This is it!! They are exactly what I was looking for! Perfect pecan deliciousness, the crust is AMAZING – you can really taste the brown sugar in it. I made the recipe exactly as called for except I used salted butter because that’s what I had so then omitted the salt. I also used 2 tsp of vanilla. Otherwise, followed instructions exactly. Will be making these again for sure! Thank you!