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This Best Pecan Pie Bars recipe turns the favorite pecan pie into delicious dessert bars. Rich, delicious, easy and perfect for serving a crowd!

Photograph of Pecan Pie Bars on a cream cake stand.

These Best Pecan Pie Bars nutty, buttery, rich and delicious! And they are really just like pecan pie – but easier to make anytime and they feed more people than a single pie. These characteristics make these pecan pie bars perfect for parties, gatherings and anytime you want to share them with several people. And since this scrumptious dessert is cut into bars, people may help themselves to more than one!

The Best Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

My family’s Pecan Pie Recipe is one of the more popular recipes on my website and in my cookbook and has been for years! It has been a favorite of my family for generations and I simply can’t remember a family Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration that it wasn’t included. Then many years ago, I made these easy, amazing Pecan Pie Bars. These are amazing too and sometimes I get just as many requests for these bars as I do the pie! But seriously – don’t save Pecan Pie or these Pecan Pie Bars to serve only on holidays – they are delicious throughout the year!

If you are looking for something that is perfect to serve a large crowd, easy as can be to make and even easier to eat, and that still brings out that nostalgic, traditional pecan pie flavor, this is a recipe you should definitely try!

How to Make The Best Pecan Pie Bars

Ingredients

For these bars, you’ll need:

  • Butter – softened butter for crust and melted butter for filling
  • Flour – all-purpose flour
  • Sugar – granulated sugar for crust and brown sugar for filling
  • Eggs – 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • Corn Syrup – can use light or dark corn syrup
  • Vanilla – or use pure vanilla extract from the store
  • Pecans – use your preference of pecan halves or roughly chopped pecans

Step by Step Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Mix. Mix together granulated sugar, softened butter and all-purpose flour with electric mixer until just well combined.
  3. Bake. Press crust mixture into the baking pan and bake until edges turn light golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For the pecan pie filling:

  1. Mix. Add eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter and salt to large mixing bowl. Beat together until smooth. Stir in the pecans. Pour the filling onto the pre-baked crust.
  2. Bake. Bake the pecan pie bars until golden brown and the center has set, about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve. Once done, remove baking dish from oven and allow pecan pie bars to cool. Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!
Close up photograph of pecan pie bars on a white cake stand.

Do You Have to Refrigerate These Bars?

I recommend that these bars be refrigerated to keep them firm and for longer lasting bars. If you prefer to serve them a bit softer, simply remove them from the refrigerator for a few moments before serving.

If you prefer to serve them warm, reheat them in a 300º F oven for about 5 minutes! So delicious with a cup of coffee for dessert or even breakfast. (shhh!)

Can You Freeze These Bars?

Yes, absolutely! One of the best things about these delicious bars is that they are so easy to make ahead to serve later, including freezing them for up to 3 months!

To freeze them, simply allow them to cool completely after baking.

Freeze as individual bars:

You can go ahead and cut these into individual bars and place them into an airtight, freezer-safe container. Separate each of the pieces with parchment paper. Then, store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or reheat in a 300ºF oven for about 15 minutes until warmed throughout.

Freeze as the full recipe:

Cover well with parchment paper and then wrap the freezer-safe dish with foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or reheat in a 300º F oven for about 20 – 30 minutes until warmed throughout.

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Here’s my Southern Pecan Pie Bars recipe. I hope you love them!

4.66 from 26 votes

Southern Pecan Pie Bars

Dessert 1 hr

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 30 bars
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
This Best Pecan Pie Bars recipe turns the favorite pecan pie into delicious dessert bars. Rich, delicious, easy and perfect for serving a crowd!

Ingredients  

Pecan Pie Bar Crust:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Pecan Pie Bar Filling:

  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 cup corn syrup light or dark
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecans Optional: use halves or roughly chopped

Instructions 

For the Pecan Pie Bar Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Mix together the sugar, butter and flour call for in the crust portion with an electric mixer.
  • Press into the bottom of the 9×13 baking dish and bake until the edges turn light golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For the Pecan Pie Bar Filling:

  • Add the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter and salt to a large mixing bowl. Beat together until smooth. Stir in the pecans. Pour the filling onto the crust.
  • Bake the pecan pie bars until golden brown and the center has set, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting and serving.
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

Freezer Instructions: Allow the Pecan Pie Bars to cool completely. Store in the freezer in a freezer-safe container, covered well with foil or store in an air-tight freezer container if storing in individual pieces. Store for up to 3 months. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. So glad I found your site. Made the pecan pie with maple syrup and I thought my husband was going to put his face in it after the first bite! Making the pecan bars to take to a party tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  2. If I wanted to add a little chocolate = Dixie pie…do you have a recommended method? I printed out so many different recipes, yours looks the absolute best it’s got the gooey Center that I’m looking for In A pecan pie, but my family would be super happy with a little bit of chocolate 😀

    1. Carrie, I haven’t added chocolate to this recipe but others said they added chocolate chips. Also look at my Toffee Pecan Pie Recipe. I think you could add chocolate chips instead of the toffee bits to this pie, too.

    1. Colleen, I would freeze the bars and place them in a thermal cooler bag to travel. They would stay cool and “refrigerated” for the drive.

  3. Hi, I found your recipe for pecan pie bars in 2018. I printed but also bookmarked it because it was an extraordinarily good recipe. I went to the bookmark today and find you have changed the recipe. The crust is different (the original used your shortbread crust recipe). I noticed the filling is slightly changed as well in the type of sugar and amount of vanilla. Your original recipe was so good that I am hesitant to use this later version. Is there a reason for the change? I would really like my bookmarked version to link to the original.

    Many thanks for such a delicious way to enjoy pecan pie.

    1. Sherry, thanks for letting me know. I have gone back to my original handwritten recipe and updated it. I’m so glad your family loves these bars.

  4. Mine was not set at 30 minutes was still loose. When do you know if you over baked? It should set without so much wiggle?

    1. Barbara, you will have a slight jiggle in the middle of the bars but the edges should be stable. The jiggle will look similar to Jello when you give it a little shake. The bars will continue to set as they cool. The bars are overcooked if they are firm with no jiggle when you take them out of the oven.

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this pecan pie bar recipe. It was quick and easy. The taste was every bit as good as pecan pie, I actually think better! Thanks for an amazing recipe.

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