Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
16 large bars

Pecan pie takes a turn as a bar cookie — and a rich one at that. Try out the pecan pie bar recipe as a holiday cookie.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl; cut in 3/4 cup butter thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture resembles very fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13" x 9" pan, using a piece of plastic wrap to press crumb mixture firmly in pan. Bake at 350° for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 2

Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Stir one-fourth of hot mixture into beaten eggs; add to remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 350° for 34 to 35 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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Ratings & Reviews

jenmax's Review

December 03, 2012
These were delicious. Be sure to use real butter. Added some himalayan pink salt to the tops of a few bars to try-oh my! Just a bit really brings out the nuttiness and caramel flavors. Will possibly add to all the next time I make if my family all likes. Would stick better if added when hot.

swoodness's Review

December 09, 2009
These bars were a huge hit with family and friends. After making them the first time, I found the cookie crust/base a little thicker than I wanted. So the second time I made them, I reduced the volumes by 1/4, so it was more like a thin shortbread on the bottom. Worked out well, plus maybe, just maybe took a few calories out of this incredibly rich bar. I would definitely cut it into smaller than 16 pieces!

MCollazo's Review

December 24, 2008
I made this recipe last night for a Christmas Eve Dinner. This was my 1st attempt to make it (I've never made a pie before). It was amazing, it tasted just like a Pecan Pie.Everyone loved them! Highly recommend it.

drausue's Review

December 17, 2009
Just made these for Christmas goodie packages...these are just like the pecan bars Starbucks used to sell!!!! Crust is buttery and filling not too sweet. Perfect bar cookie.

alemmom's Review

July 27, 2013
I made these and cut in 1 inch squares for a bridal tea. They were the one goody that was almost gone at the end of the tea.

carmelita's Review

December 12, 2011
BIG HIT ! HUGE HIT ! Make these - you won't go wrong.

Great for Holidays

February 21, 2016
Love the butter cookie crust.