Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Makes 4 dozen

This is a classic recipe updated with a sprinkle of kosher salt.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Step 2

Line a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil; lightly grease foil. Arrange graham crackers in a single layer in prepared pan, slightly overlapping edges.

Step 3

Combine sugar, butter, and cream in a medium-size heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla and pecans. Pour butter mixture over crackers, spreading to coat.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 10 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Step 5

Immediately sprinkle with salt, and slide foil from pan onto a wire rack. Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Break into bars.

Step 6

Try This Twist! Chocolate-Pecan-Caramel Bars: Prepare recipe as directed through Step Four. Top warm bars with 1 cup dark chocolate morsels. Let stand 3 minutes, and spread chocolate over bars. Proceed with recipe as directed in Step Five. Chill 20 minutes before serving. 

Ratings & Reviews


October 03, 2016
Absolutely amazing!!! However I was an idiot and bought almonds instead of pecans 😬 But was still to die for!!!!If you are not a fan of pecans definitely try almonds

mstiffler's Review

December 06, 2013

nmossberg's Review

November 14, 2013
I made as is and couldn't stop eating them!! So easy and had all the ingredients on hand. A definite repeat.

stellacorona's Review

June 10, 2013
oh my!! these are awesome! everyone went nuts!!! i made both versions, original and with chocolate topping. (used semi-sweet chips but will use dark choc next time) toasted pecans ahead of time. after trying to cut the originals with scissors and not really doing justice (were still sorta gooey) i put the choc ones in the freezer for about 15 min. the foil backing peeled off in 1 piece and i cut them with a knife in perfect pieces on a cutting board. kept all in refrigerator until my event. def a keeper! some also commented they tasted like pecan pie.. very easy to make.

lisab27's Review

December 24, 2012

Sunny145's Review

December 18, 2012

rusher's Review

December 10, 2012
These are very good, however I prefer a similar version I've made for years using saltine crackers as the base.

osequin's Review

October 30, 2012
These are so so good. I omitted the pecans because I didnt have any and used chocolate chips as suggested. They were very easy and delicious!

DerDuchess's Review

May 15, 2012

DelisaK's Review

March 04, 2012
These were so good. Nobody could stop eating them. But...they stayed soft. There was no breaking them apart. What might I have done wrong?