Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

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These are the best Pecan Bars! They are just like pecan pie but in bar form. This recipe starts with crushed pecans, combined with a homemade caramel sauce, then baked over a buttery flaky crust. It’s delicious served as is, or with a big pile of ice cream. These Pecan Bars are great for New Year’s Eve dessert or anytime of the year!

Pecan Bars (Without Corn Syrup)

These honey pecan bars are perfect for the holiday season and special occasions.

The shortbread crust is melt in your mouth delicious. Just press it into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake.

Love treating your guests to amazing desserts? Try my Baklava, Linzer Cookies, Pecan Carrot Cake or Pumpkin Roll Cake.

Pecan Bars

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Pecan Bars:

FOR THE CRUST

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter: Unsalted cold butter- straight from the fridge
  • Salt

FOR THE FILLING

  • Butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Pecans

How to Make Pecan Bars:

This pecan pie bars recipe is really quite simple! Just make and bake the crust, pour in the filling, and bake some more. Let it cool, and you’ve got the perfect nutty dessert.

To Make the Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 8×8 baking pan with foil or parchment paper (leave some paper hanging over the sides. Grease with baking spray and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour, corn starch, powdered sugar, and salt and pulse a couple of times to combine. Add cubed cold butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse, but not doughy.
  • Transfer the mixture to your prepared greased pan, pressing the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes or until the crust has set and the edges are just lightly browned.
How to make flaky pie crust

Make the Pecan Pie Bars:

  • Meanwhile, while the crust is baking, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, , milk and salt in a large skillet. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and pecans, mixing until incorporated.
  • Pour hot pecan filling over your warm crust.
caramel sauce with crushed pecans
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and let it cool completely before slicing into bars.
  • Enjoy!
pecan pie in form of bars

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you Freeze Pecan Bars:

This pecan squares recipe is a wonderful dessert to make ahead of time. Simply bake the the dis as directed, allow it to completely cool, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Place in a freezer-safe zip-top bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before slicing and serving.

I made about 3 or 4 of these bars the past couple of weeks to freeze for the upcoming holidays– they freeze and thaw beautifully! No one ever realizes they aren’t freshly baked.

How to Store Pecan Pie Bars:

Once these pecan bars are cooled completely to room temperature, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 4 days.

the best pecan bars recipe

These bars are a glorious tribute to all things sweet. I love the delicious caramel layer filled with crunchy pecans. You can, of course, substitute another type of nut, if you like. Once you try them, I think you’ll find yourself making them again and again!

These Pecan Bars will be a superstar on any holiday dessert table!

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No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Biscoff Bars

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Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These are the best Pecan Bars! They are just like pecan pie but in bar form. This recipe starts with crushed pecans, combined with a homemade caramel sauce, then baked over a buttery flaky crust. 

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

FOR THE FILLING

  • ½ cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 8×8 baking pan with foil or parchment paper (leave some paper hanging over the sides. Grease with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour, corn starch, powdered sugar, and salt and pulse a couple of times to combine. Add cubed cold butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse, but not doughy.
  3. Transfer the mixture to your prepared greased pan, pressing the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes or until the crust has set and the edges are just lightly browned.
  5. Meanwhile, while the crust is baking, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, , milk and salt in a large skillet. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and pecans, mixing until incorporated.
  6. Pour hot pecan filling over your warm crust.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, and let it cool completely before slicing into bars.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Storing: Once these pecan bars are cooled completely to room temperature, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze for longer storage. Transfer to a freezer safe zip bag, remove any excess air and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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Rose

Hello! Welcome! I’m Rose, a thirty something wife, busy mom, and self-taught cook, baker, recipe developer, editor, and photographer behind this little web space. Cooking and baking are a huge passion of mine! I could live in my kitchen. I also like to make food look pretty, because when it looks good, doesn’t it just taste better? Here you’ll find quick and easy family friendly recipes. Happy Cooking!

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