These made from scratch Pecan Pie Bars are a grab and go dessert worthy of any special occasion. They're indulgent to the very last ooey gooey bite.
Easy Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
It's no secret pecans are the beloved nut in the South. Walnuts rank just as high with peanuts and cashews holding their own. Pistachios and macadamia nuts aren't bad either, but I digress. The truth is, we love all nuts, but pecans have become somewhat synonymous with Southern desserts. Southern pecan pie has many faces with cook's making it their own. For example, I prefer to make the filling using brown sugar which gives it a bit of a caramel flavor. No matter how pecan pie is served, it's a keeper.
How to Make the Best Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
This sort of recipe turns pie into a handheld dessert that can be served for any occasion when pie is on the dessert menu. You can also cut these pecan pie bars into smaller portions or squares to turn them into two bite petit fours.
- Ingredients you'll need to make this recipe for homemade Pecan Pie Bars: The crust is made using all purpose flour, powdered sugar, butter and salt.
- The pecan pie filling is made using: Large eggs, light corn syrup, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla extract and 2 ½ cups of chopped pecans.
- Kitchen tools you'll need to make Pecan Pie Bars: Please note, you will need a jelly roll pan to make these bars. It's vital that the pan have a rim to hold all of the gooey contents inside and a sheet pan won't work. You'll also need mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a pastry blender to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients, a whisk to sift together the dry ingredients for the crust and a hand mixer to make the pie filling. Non stick spatula or a large spoon to spread the filling evenly over the crust and to scrape all of the filling out of the bowl.
- I don't recommend making these bars with honey in place of corn syrup. While honey is certainly delicious, it has a strong flavor that takes the bars in a different direction.
- If you've wondered about the difference between corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup you can read more about the differences in corn syrup on the FDA website.
More Pro Tips for Making Southern Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
As I mentioned earlier, brown sugar is a must in my pecan pie recipe. It changes the texture and flavor of the filling, in a most delicious way and gives it more of a caramel flavor. If you like classic pecan pie, use all granulated sugar instead.
- It's important to bake these pecan pie bars until the edges are golden and the center shows very slight movement when the pan is gently shaken. If you under bake them, the centers could be runny and they won't cut into clean squares.
- You can store these pecan pie bars in an airtight container at room temperature or chilled in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- These pecan bars can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Separate layers with wax paper.
Other Southern Style Pecan Desserts to Make
I have a plethora of desserts and sweets here on the website using pecans. If you're looking for more sweets to make you may like these recipes, too.
- Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie is rich and decadent just as the name suggests.
- Saltine Toffee with Pecans and Toffee Bits is a vintage holiday goodie to make.
- You'd pay a mint for this bakery style Pecan Pie Cheesecake.
- Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Rolls requires no bread making at all.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Pecan Pie Bars
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter cubed
- 4 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups light corn syrup
- 3 tablespoon butter melted
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups roughly chopped pecans
- CRUST: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray or grease using butter. Set aside.
- In a medium size mixing bowl use a whisk to sift together flour, powdered sugar and salt. Using an electric mixer or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Press firmly and evenly into pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat together eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in pecans.
- Spread evenly over crust. Bake 25 minutes at 350°F until filling is firm around the edges and slightly firm in center. Cool completely on wire rack.
- Cut into 48 even pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Adjust the baking time and bake these bars until the edges are golden and the center shows very slight movement when gently shaken. If you underbake, the centers could be runny.
- Store these pecan pie bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
- These bars can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Separate layers with wax paper.