Pecan Pie Bars are an unfussy, easy way to enjoy Pecan Pie! A thick buttery shortbread crust topped with sweet filling and crunchy pecans…Pecan Pie you can eat with your hands!
Over the last few years I have become a HUGE Pecan Pie fan. It was always a pie option that I overlooked, especially if there were other pie offerings available. I’m not sure if it’s age, or I’ve just come to my senses, but Pecan Pie has become one of my most favorite pie recipes to bake.
Pecan Pie You Can Eat With Your Hands!
You might associate Pecan Pie with Thanksgiving and fall baking. And while that’s true, I have found that Pecan Pie is really a fantastic pie recipe to enjoy all year long, which of course includes these Pecan Pie Squares!
I mean, think about it…there are no true “seasonal” ingredients, it can hold up in most temperatures perfectly, and is a very easy dessert recipe that’s special enough for serving to guests, but laid back enough to have with a scoop of ice cream on a Tuesday night!
How Do You Make Pecan Pie Bars?
The process for making these bars is super easy, and it’s a great dessert recipe to make in advance! Here’s what you will need:
All-Purpose Flour – This will be for the crust, as well as the filling.
Butter – The crust is a shortbread-style, so you will definitely need butter! I prefer salted.
Sugar – You’ll need granulated sugar for the crust and brown sugar for the filling!
Corn Syrup – You can use light or dark, although I used light in this recipe because I always seem to have that on-hand.
Eggs – 4 large eggs for the filling!
Vanilla/Salt – Important for flavor!
Pecans – Of course you need pecans for this recipe! You can buy them pre-chopped, or coarsely chop them yourself.
Can You Make Pecan Pie Bars in Advance?
Yep! That’s one of the things I love so much about this recipe, it that it’s PERFECT for making in advance. I typically make them the night before I am serving them, and leave them in the pan (uncut) and refrigerate. When I’m ready to serve them, I cut them up and arrange them on a platter!
Do You Have To Refrigerate Pecan Pie Bars?
I do prefer to refrigerate Pecan Pie Bars because it makes it easier to cut into pretty pieces or bars. You could leave it at room temperature and it will be fine, but the filling will get slightly soft. BUT if you plan on serving this with ice cream, of course, room temp or even heated up a little bit is ideal!
Also, keeping it stored airtight in the fridge will keep it fresh longer!
Can You Freeze These Bars?
Yes! You can freeze the pecan pie bars in the pan OR individually!
Make sure everything is wrapped airtight before freezing for up to 2 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator or heat in a 300°F oven for about 20 minutes!
I ABSOLUTELY recommend you give these Pecan Pie Bars a try! You might even decide to forgo traditional Pecan Pie on Thanksgiving this year!
Pecan Pie Bars
These Pecan Pie Bars are a fun spin on traditional Pecan Pie! AND you can eat it with your hands!
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups corn syrup (light or dark)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the butter and sugar together on medium speed. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour until combined. Mixture will be dry.
Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden.
While the crust is baking make the filling. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add in the flour and salt and whisk again until combined. Stir in the pecans.
As soon as the crust is done, pour the pecan mixture on top of the hot crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is set.
Cool completely before slicing into bars, or refrigerate airtight until ready to serve.
Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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