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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

These delicious ooey gooey pecan pie bars with shortbread crust are a holiday must have dessert!

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You’ll love this Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

These maple pecan pie bars are a holiday must have! This classic favorite dessert uses the filling from this pecan pie without corn syrup.

Maple brown sugar pecan pie filling is poured over a homemade shortbread crust and baked in the oven until set. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for an impressively delicious pecan treat!

It’s one of my favorite pecan desserts along with Pecan Cream Pie and Pecan Pie Balls.

ingredients needed to make pecan pie bars

Ingredients for Shortbread Pecan Bars

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Real maple syrup: no corn syrup is needed for this recipe!
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Chopped pecans
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

How to make Pecan Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust

First, start by making the shortbread crust. This is the same crust that I use for my Apple Crisp Bars recipe.

Step 1: Mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla until combined.

shortbread crust in a mixing bowl

Step 2: Line an 8 X 8 baking dish with parchment paper (trust me, this makes it so much easier to get them out). Use your hands to press the shortbread crust batter into the bottom of the pan, then bake until golden and beginning to brown. 

Step 3: While the crust is cooking, stir together the pecan bar filling. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, flour, vanilla, and salt. Once mixed, fold in the chopped pecan pieces. 

Step 4: Once the crust is finished baking, pour the maple pecan bar filling over the top. Bake the pecan pie bars for around 30 – 35 more minutes.

pecan pie bars in an 8 by 8 baking dish

How to know when your Shortbread Pecan Bars are done

Once the edges are browned and the middle looks firm (moving the pan side to side does not result in the bars jiggling), your pecan bars are done. 

Right around 35 minutes was perfect for mine. Once the pan has cooled, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

easy pecan pie bars cut into square

Pecan Bar Recipe Tips

  • Buy pecan pieces: Save time chopping up pecans and buy the pre-chopped ones you can find in the baking aisle.
  • Line the pan: Lining your baking dish with parchment paper makes getting the bars out to cut so much easier.
  • Buy real maple syrup: These ooey gooey pecan bars use real maple syrup instead of corn syrup which gives them an extra boost of flavor.
  • Refrigerate before cutting: Serving these for a party? Place the cooled bars into the refrigerator for several hours and they will be much easier to cut into pretty squares.
two pecan pie bars stacked

How to store Pecan Pie Bars

Allow the bars to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container. Leftover pecan pie bars will store well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

pecan pie bars without corn syrup

More Holiday Dessert Recipes

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This has become one of my favorite recipes for the holidays! Ooey gooey pecan pie bars are a must.

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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Yield: 16 pecan pie bars (one 8x8 baking dish)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Easy gooey pecan pie bars without corn syrup. This simple recipe uses real maple syrup and brown sugar for a delicious dessert you won't be able to resist!

Ingredients

For the Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Pecan Pie Bar Filling

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients for the crust - flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla, until combined
  2. Line an 8 X 8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Use your hands to press the shortbread crust batter smoothly into the pan
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 22 - 25 minutes, until edges are golden and beginning to brown
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the pecan pie bar filling - the eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, flour, vanilla, and salt
  6. Once mixed, stir in the pecan pieces
  7. When the shortbread crust is done baking, pour the pecan pie bar filling over the top
  8. Turn the oven up to 350 degrees and bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until set and hardly jiggly in the center. The edges should be browned
  9. Remove the pecan pie bars from oven and allow to cool completely
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into slices
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

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Hannah C.

Monday 26th of December 2022

Turned out great with a few tweaks!

- Shortbread dough was super wet with 1/2c. of butter… will probs cut that in half to get the crumbly consistency I’m looking for.

- left the brown sugar out of the filling bc I felt like 1c. of maple syrup was plenty sweet, and they turned out great!

Thanks for this recipe, friend!

Steph

Saturday 10th of December 2022

Made these today. Very yummy but the center pieces were very gooey and did not hold their shape. I was bringing them to a small party so I just brought the pieces from around the edges.

Ann

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Can these be stored at room temperature or do they need to be refrigerated?

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of November 2021

They need to be refrigerated after two hours.

Mary

Monday 25th of October 2021

How far ahead can you make these pecan bars? I would like to make them for Thanksgiving but want to make them earlier in the week, if possible.

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I would do a max of 2 days in advance for best freshness.

Ann

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

My whole family are in love with this recipe! The taste of these pecan pie bars is just phenomenal. These could brighten ANY day. Highly recommend everyone to give this dessert a try. Believe me, every bite tastes like heaven. Thank you so much for sharing this fab idea. Look forward to your new awesome recipes. You put so much love into what you’re doing. Keep it up!

Best wishes, Ann

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I'm so glad your family enjoyed the recipe Ann, thanks for taking time to leave a comment! :)

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