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Pecan Pie Bars

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Pecan pie bars give you all of the flavor of pecan pie in a wonderful handheld treat. They are easy to make and taste great. This may become your new favorite way to make pecan pie.

Squares of pecan pie bars on parchment lined cutting board showing the shortbread crust and rich pecan filling.

Pecan pie bars feature a shortbread type crust topped with all the sweet pecan goodness you would expect. The best part is that the filling only takes a handful of ingredients, and you don’t have to fuss with making a pretty crust.

Instead of rolling out pastry and trying to make the edges look nice, you just pat a shortbread type mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Layer that with a condensed milk mixture and plenty of pecans, and you are in business!

Hand holding pecan pie square showing the golden brown top and how sturdy it is.

You can have it in the oven in about 10 minutes. So, it is pretty quick to put together.

Then, you can cut them into small squares that are perfect as part of a dessert buffet. You can even put pieces on a cookie tray if you want.

Ingredients including flour, powdered sugar, butter, condensed milk, an egg, vanilla, pecans and toffee bits ready to be made into pecan pie bars.

Of course, they would be perfect for Thanksgiving. But, really, we love desserts like this any time of year.

The crust kind of reminds me of lemon bars. So, why not serve a pan of each at your summer BBQs?

Tips and Tricks

I like to line my pan with some parchment paper before I start filling it. That allows me to lift the whole dessert out of the pan.

That way, it is easier to cut and serve. I can get nice clean straight lines without cutting into my pan and ruining the finish.

You can line the pan with aluminum foil if you prefer. Or bake the bars right in the pan. That works, too!

The crust will seem really crumbly at first. That is normal. It comes together as you press it into the pan.

The condensed milk gives the filling all the rich sweet tones you need to make it feel like pecan pie. The toffee bits help to add those deeper brown sugar flavor notes.

The combination with the pecans is heavenly. It goes so well with the crust and makes the perfect little bite.

Because of the dairy and egg in the filling, I would recommend storing the bars in the refrigerator. Though, they will do fine out at room temperature for several hours.

More Fun Pecan Dessert Recipes

If you like trying twist on pecan pie, try making condensed milk pecan pie. Or make a chocolate condensed milk pecan pie for something extra decadent.

Stack of 4 pecan pie bars on top of each other showing the layers of goodness and the rich filling, but also that they are sturdy enough to hold their shape.

For another recipe similar to this, but with even fewer ingredients, try making pecan dream bars. They use a cake mix for the crust, keeping the ingredients list even shorter than this one.

Check out all of my pecan recipes for even more tasty inspiration.

Pecan pie bars piled up on a plate, showing cookie like crust, gooey insides, and pecan pieces.

Pecan Pie Bars

Servings: 20 Servings
Author: Carlee
Pecan pie bars give you all of the flavor of pecan pie in a wonderful handheld treat. They are easy to make and taste great. This may become your new favorite way to make pecan pie.
5 from 2 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Makes: 9 x 13inch rectangle

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Either spray a 9×13-inch pan or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Combine flour and powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until it makes a coarse meal. Use a pastry cutter or a hand mixer to make that task easier.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 cup butter
  • Press the crumbs into the prepared pan. It should come together and form a crust as you press it together.
  • In the same bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla.
    14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stir in the toffee bits and pecan pieces. Spread over the crust.
    1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup toffee bits
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown.
  • Cool at room temperature for about an hour and then chill before cutting and serving.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for longer storage. 
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 488IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man!

Friday 12th of April 2024

Nice idea about not ruining the finish of your baking pans! Thanks!

Carlee

Friday 12th of April 2024

You have to take care of them, that's for sure! Plus it is easier to cut straight lines when they are on a board instead of a pan.

Missy

Thursday 4th of April 2024

These were such a hit at our family gathering! I love how quickly they came together.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Monday 1st of April 2024

The combo of the pecans and toffee bits sounds amazing. I love that you don't have to eat a whole slice of pie to enjoy the flavors.

Carlee

Monday 1st of April 2024

Of course then you just want to eat a couple of pieces. 😉 They really are good though!

Sunday 31st of March 2024

These are so tasty and I love that they are portable too!