Easy pecan pie bars have a buttery crust, butterscotch flavor & tons of chopped pecans.
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Pecan Pie Bars

These delicious pecan pie bars are an easy alternative to making classic pecan pie. They have a thick buttery base, delicious butterscotch flavor with a hint of cinnamon, and tons of pecan pieces. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pecan Pie Bars, Pie
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 18 pieces
Author Fiona Dowling

Ingredients

Base

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , melted

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch , dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

Base

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang around the edges.
  • In a large bowl stir together the flour and sugar. Then stir in the melted butter.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven. (Keep the oven turned on).

Filling

  • As the base is baking, make the filling.
  • In a medium saucepan melt together the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and cornstarch dissolved in water. Stir gently as everything melts together.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the eggs. Then whisk a few tablespoons of the warm sugar mixture into the eggs.
  • Whisk the eggs into the rest of the warm sugar mixture.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the cooked base, the pour the filling overtop.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the middle no longer wobbles if you give the pan a gentle nudge. 
  • Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and cool completely (at least 2 hours) before slicing into bars. 

Notes

*Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 days, or in the fridge for up to 4 days.
**Bars can be frozen in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge.