Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars {Recipe}

I love pie, in fact it may be my favorite sub-category of desserts!  But, as you might already know, I have never posted a single pie recipe on this site.  The reason being… I really love desserts that work well as gifts, or can be used on dessert tables, and pie isn’t really either.  Also, a pie should arrive at a friends home, or at a pot-luck whole… but then how would a take a photo of the inside, or sample it?  See my problem  =)  I love desserts I can make, cut and enjoy some at home (for research purposes of course!), and then share some with neighbors and friends without them fully realizing they’re not getting the whole batch.

When I recently came across a recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, I thought it cold be a perfect solution to my pie problem… all the flavor of a delicious pie, in an easy to serve, easy to share bar.  In fact, in the case of this recipe, I think I actually prefer the bars to the traditional pie version!  These bars are rich and delicious and keep well for 2-3 days, so they’re perfect for a busy holiday season.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Crust ~

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

1-2 Tablespoons cold water

Filling ~

3 eggs

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1-2 Tablespoon bourbon, if desired

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups pecan halves, coarsely chopped

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions ~

1.  Heat oven to 375*F

2.  Line the bottom and sides of a 9″x13″ baking pan with aluminum foil.

3.  (For the crust)  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter, brown sugar and salt until smooth and creamy.  Add flour, and beat until coarse crumbs form.  While the mixer is running, add 1-2 tablespoons of cold water, as needed to help form dough.

4.  Press dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.  Prick the dough with a fork several times, randomly around the pan.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

5.  (For the filling)  In a large bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter, bourbon and salt with a whisk until well blended.  Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.  Pour filling into baked crust.

6.  Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set.

7.  Cool 1 hour, then set in the refrigerator to further cool.  Cut into squares using a serrated knife, with a slight sawing motion, and clean the knife between cuts as needed, if you want nicely cut bars.  Store covered, in the refrigerator.  Serve cool, or at room temperature.  Can be stored up to 3 days.

Recipe source ~ Several adjustments made to a recipe by Betty Crocker.

A fun little note… if you notice the little milk bottle says “Morning Glory”.  With a name like Glory, I rarely find things with my name on them… but my friend Callye spotted this while we were shopping together last month in an antique store in Checotah, Oklahoma (on the drive home from Cookie Camp).  I’m sure you’ll be seeing it pop up from time to time as I post recipes that go best with a bit of milk!

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34 Responses to “Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars {Recipe}”

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    The Baker — November 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    These look so good! I've been missing pecan bars.

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    Amalia — November 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    These are probably some of the prettiest pecan bars I've seen! And I love that you added chocolate :) A great recipe, thanks for a sharing!

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    Gloria — November 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This look delicious!! gloria

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    Cookbook Queen — November 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Glory, these look so so yummy and gorgeous!! I love that bottle of milk :)

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    Anonymous — November 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    That bottle with your name on it was the very first thing I noticed in that photo. Too cute. Oh and those bars look super yummy too.

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    6 — November 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    The only thing that could make pecan pie bars more delicious is chocolate! Yum!

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    ttina — November 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    These look delicious. But I have to admit I always wonder who eats all these yummy things you are always making ?! You, family, friends? I really do wish you lived in my neighborhood !!

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    Bea @ CancunCOOKIES — November 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    These look good! I did notice the milk bottle, and thought about Morning Glories, I love those flowers… now I can think of you when I see them!

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    Sue — November 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Pecan "pie" with chocolate added~yum! I love the giant slab of bars in the photo:) The little Glory milk bottle is so cute~what a great find!

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    SweetSugarBelle — November 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Awe!!! I was excited about the bars, THEN I saw the bottle! My favorite morning time phrase!

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    Rocio Valle Gonzalez — November 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    i love bars!! i have to make these with pecan!! thanx for sharing!! hugs from spain! :)

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    miss b — November 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I love anything with pecans so I'm going to have to make these – they look absolutely delicious. Thank you!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — November 7, 2011 at 5:13 am

    What a fantastic recipe! These would be perfect for the Thanksgiving dessert buffet. Sometimes I have so many pies on the table, and this would be nice to have that has all the goodness of a pecan pie, but in a bar! Love it! :)

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    Karyn - Pint Sized Baker — November 7, 2011 at 5:52 am

    The hubby loves chocolate and pecans and this treat would be perfect for him! The little bottle is adorable as well! Great find!

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    cookies and cups — November 7, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Love this! I am not a pie person, but pie in bar form is something I can get into!! Looks great Glory :)

  16. #
    Gypsy Heart — November 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I LOVE pecan pie bars…my whole family does! Thanks for sharing this deliciousness.


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    CraftyLoops — November 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

    These look scrummy. Yummy. Lee x

  18. #
    sue — November 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Oh those look so good!

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    Stacy Smith — November 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I have a similar recipe that I have made for years. For those who like to do their baking ahead, these freeze beautifully. I layer them between wax paper in a plastic freezer container. Just set them out an hour before you want to eat them.

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    The Mrs — November 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Oh my! These are so getting made asap!

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    Karen - Trilogy Edibles — November 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Oh Glory, these look delightful. yum yum yum!!!!

  22. #
    Amanda — November 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I'm not a big pecan pie person, but I will try anything that has chocolate. Those bars look delicious.

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    23 — November 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm


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    Bowl Covers — November 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This looks like a good way to solve your pie problem. Thanks for sharing a recipe everyone can share with family and friends.

  25. #
    Brenda — November 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I think this might be just what I'm looking for! I just learned of a change in Thanksgiving plan, and need something that I can make the day prior and transport a few hours away. Thank you!

  26. #
    Ema — November 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Oh my! Once again you make deliciousness so beautiful too!

  27. #
    Joni@ Truffle Pops and More — November 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Those look so yummy! I need a glass of milk!

  28. #
    JulieD — November 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I love these!!! Must make these soon. And I love the milk glass! Perfect for you!!

  29. #
    Georgia — November 10, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I agree about having a sample at home. When I gift a cake, I bake three 6" layers. The giftee gets two layers and I get one!

    Find of the milk bottle = some things are just meant to be.

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    Katrina — November 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    OMG you are killing me with these, they look so awesome. They remind me of these pecan bars I had at the Wicked Spoon dessert buffet at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I am sure they are just as divine!

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    Dilsaver Designs — November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe, I just found your site!! I am going to share a link to your blog tomorrow :)

  32. #
    Anonymous — November 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I made them, very tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Beth — December 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    oh mercy me…these look ahmazing…


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