Pecan Pie Bars

Super Addicting Pecan Pie Bars. Just like pecan pie but so much easier to make!

Pecan Pie Bars

These pecan pie bars are so addicting! You cannot stop at just one! They have a buttery shortbread crust and are topped with sugary candied pecans. They are the perfect dessert to serve for Thanksgiving!

I browned the butter for the pecan filling to make the bars extra nutty. I also added in maple syrup for a twist. You can always substitute corn syrup or honey if you are not a fan of the maple syrup.

While the crust is baking I whip together the pecan pie filling. It comes together quickly and so much easier than pie!!

I love to serve these Pecan Pie Bars as is or with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

Pecan Pie Bars

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 bars
Super Addicting Pecan Pie Bars. Just like pecan pie but so much easier to make!

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Pecan Filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups halved pecans

Instructions

Shortbread Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy 3-4 minutes.
  3. On low speed add in flour and salt and mix until crumbly. You will still be able to form it with your hands.
  4. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish smoothing into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While the crust bakes prepare the pecan filling.

Pecan Filling

  1. Add butter to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook butter stirring continuously until it turns golden brown and smells nutty. This takes about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Take off of the heat and stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and heavy cream until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  3. When the crust comes out of the oven pour the pecan filling over and spread into an even layer.
  4. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. It will still look liquidy but will firm as it cools.
  5. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.
  6. Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cleobuttera

 

 

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  • Pamela Stanton

    Made these tonight. Everyone loved them. I think I should have doubled the recipe because they were a little flat. My pan was really deep. But overall a hit!!!!

  • Meemz

    Hello,

    Leftover whipping cream can be refrigerated for 2 days only. So I’ll have to toss away an entire container of whipping cream just to use 2 tbsp for this recipe. Any other substitutions?

    • Nathan

      Hi Meemz,

      If your cream is only lasting 2 days in the refrigerator, then I would take a temperature reading of the fridge. You want to make sure it is below 41°F or 5°C. Cream should last till experation date or 7-10 days after opening. You can get away with using half and half or even whole milk for this recipe instead of cream if you want. You will just have to melt a little butter and add it to the milk to raise the fat content closer to what the cream would have been. I hope this is helpful, thank you for your comment

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy