Pecan Pie Bars

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Pecan Pie Bars are a portable, snackable treat that deliver all the rich, sweet, and nutty flavors of a traditional pecan pie, making them a perfect dessert for any occasion.

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Hello, dessert lovers and nut enthusiasts alike! Today, we’re venturing into the delicious world of pecan pie, with a delightful twist – Pecan Pie Bars.

When you think of the heartwarming flavors of fall, pecan pie probably stands out. It’s a classic dessert that graces many a holiday table, beloved for its rich, sweet filling and buttery, crunchy pecans. But what if you could enjoy all those flavors in a more portable, snackable format? Enter: Pecan Pie Bars.

Our Pecan Pie Bars encapsulate all the decadent flavors of a classic pecan pie – the buttery crust, the sweet, gooey filling, and of course, the abundant pecans – but in a compact, easy-to-eat form. They’re perfect for parties, picnics, or just when you’re in the mood for a treat that hits the sweet spot just right.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting to explore the sweet side of the kitchen, these Pecan Pie Bars are straightforward to make, yet impressive in both appearance and taste. Plus, they’re ideal for sharing – though once you taste them, you might be reluctant to part with even a single square! So, get your baking tools ready and let’s embark on the journey of making Pecan Pie Bars. Let the baking begin!

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How to Make Pecan Pie Bars

To make this recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

Salted Butter: Butter provides richness and moisture to the bars, creating a soft yet firm texture. The salt in the butter also enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.

White Granulated Sugar: This is used in the base of the bars, providing sweetness and helping to create a tender texture.

All-Purpose Flour: Flour provides the structure for the bars, allowing them to hold their shape.

Light Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds a deeper level of sweetness compared to white sugar, and its molasses content contributes a hint of caramel flavor.

Molasses: Molasses deepens the flavor profile of the bars, adding a rich, sweet, and slightly bitter undertone that pairs well with the pecans.

Crushed Pecans: These are the star of the show, providing a unique, buttery flavor and a delightful crunch.

Large Eggs: Eggs bind the ingredients together, and contribute to the richness and density of the bars.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and adds its own distinct, sweet aroma and flavor.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, prepare the shortbread crust. Use an electric hand mixer to combine the butter, granulated sugar, and flour until the butter is reduced to pea sized pieces.
  • Press the crust into a 9×13 inch glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, whisk together the brown sugar, molasses, crushed pecans, eggs, and vanilla until homogenous.
  • Remove the shortbread crust from the oven and pour the pecan mixture into the pan. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Allow the bars to cool on the counter for an hour before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
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Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Pecan Pie Bars

Butter Temperature: Make sure your butter is softened, but not melted. Softened butter creams better with sugar, creating a light and fluffy texture that results in a tender crust.

Packing Brown Sugar: When measuring brown sugar, remember to pack it into the measuring cup. The compacted sugar will deliver the right level of sweetness and moisture to the bars.

Even Pecan Distribution: Distribute the crushed pecans evenly over the filling. This ensures every bite has the right amount of crunchy, nutty goodness.

Avoid Overbaking: The bars should still be slightly jiggly in the middle when you take them out of the oven. They will continue to cook and set as they cool. Overbaking can result in dry and crumbly bars.

Complete Cooling: Let the bars cool completely before slicing. This makes them easier to cut and gives the filling time to set properly.

Sharp Knife: Use a sharp knife to cut the bars, and clean it between cuts. This will help you get clean, even squares.

Storage: Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature. They can also be frozen for longer storage; just defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

Serving Suggestion: For an extra touch of indulgence, serve the bars with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They’re also delicious with a warm cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!

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FAQs

Can I use unsalted butter in this recipe?

Absolutely! If you’re using unsalted butter, simply add a pinch of salt to the crust mixture to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients.

Can I substitute the molasses with something else?

Yes, you can substitute molasses with dark corn syrup, honey, or maple syrup. However, keep in mind that these alternatives might slightly alter the flavor and color of the bars.

How do I store pecan pie bars?

Pecan Pie Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I use whole pecans instead of crushed?

Yes, you can use whole pecans for a different texture. However, crushing them ensures a more even distribution of the pecan flavor in every bite.

What if I don’t have light brown sugar?

If you don’t have light brown sugar, you can substitute it with dark brown sugar or granulated sugar. Dark brown sugar will yield a deeper, more caramel-like flavor, while granulated sugar will make the bars slightly less moist.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can double the recipe. Just make sure to adjust the baking time accordingly and use a larger baking dish.

Why is my crust crumbly?

A crumbly crust could be due to a few factors such as not enough butter, overbaking, or the crust mixture being overworked. Make sure to follow the recipe closely to prevent these issues.

Can I make these bars gluten free?

Yes, to make them gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Just ensure it contains xanthan gum, which helps provide structure in the absence of gluten.

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What to Serve With Pecan Pie Bars

Beverages: A hot cup of coffee or tea pairs perfectly with the sweet and nutty flavors of the pecan pie bars. For a more indulgent option, consider a glass of cold milk or a scoop of a smoothie.

Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream can add a cool, creamy contrast to the rich, warm flavors of the pecan pie bars. You can also consider other flavors like butter pecan, caramel, or cinnamon.

Whipped Cream: A dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream can provide a refreshing contrast to the denseness of the bars.

Fruit: Fresh fruits or a fruit salad can balance out the sweetness of the bars. Consider berries, sliced peaches, or a tangy citrus fruit salad.

Cheese Plate: If serving these bars as part of a larger dessert spread, consider including a cheese plate. The savory, tangy flavors of cheese can complement the sweet, nutty flavors of the pecan pie bars.

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Pecan Pie Bars

Delicious easy pecan pie bars loaded with classic pecan pie flavor over a from-scratch cookie base!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, bars, cookie, pecans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 424kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 ½ cups crushed pecans
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, prepare the shortbread crust. Use an electric hand mixer to combine the butter, granulated sugar, and flour until the butter is reduced to pea sized pieces.
  • Press the crust into a 9×13 inch glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, whisk together the brown sugar, molasses, crushed pecans, eggs, and vanilla until homogenous.
  • Remove the shortbread crust from the oven and pour the pecan mixture into the pan. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Allow the bars to cool on the counter for an hour before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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