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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars on a white plate

As anyone who has given this blog a good read-through knows, I adore pecans. They are by far my baking nut of choice. I do try to branch out to others occasionally, with the exception of walnuts, but I don’t have a freezer full of pecans for no reason.

Pecan pie is also one of my favorite things. However, I usually only make it twice a year – Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyway, with the weather feeling more and more like fall, I thought this recipe would be just the right thing.

I baked them a bit too long for my liking. Just be sure to keep an eye on them in the oven and not let them get overdone. Everyone who ate them thought they were excellent. I think that I would like to make them again but in a smaller pan so they would be thicker. Still, it is chocolate and pecans, so can it really be that bad?

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Yield 48 bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

These homemade Pecan Pie Bars are rich, fudgy, and packed with crunchy pecans.

Two chocolate pecan pie bars stacked on plate


For the crust:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 6 ounces (170g) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 & 1/2 cups (300g) chopped pecans


To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease/spray a 15″x10″x1″ baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until creamy. Add the flour, sugar, and salt, and continue mixing until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

To make the filling:

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat the corn syrup and chocolate for 90 seconds. Stir, and heat another 60 seconds. Stir until chocolate has melted. (Alternatively, heat the corn syrup and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat until chocolate has melted.)
  2. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well. Stir in the pecans. Pour the filling mixture over the crust and spread evenly.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.


Recipe adapted from Kraft.

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    19 Comments on “Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars”

  1. I’m a pecan pie purist…not chocolate in my pie…but my hubby might like these.

  2. They look pretty good to me! There’s a recipe in the new Bon Appetit for a chocolate pecan pie, I’ve been thinking of making that for a while now.

  3. Peabody, I am normally a purist as well, but I thought I could break with tradition in bar form.

  4. Sort of like Kentucky Derby pie, sans the crust, right? I like pecan pie, once in a while, it’s just soooooo sweet. I prefer strawberry!

  5. pecans are a great nut. I actually do not bake with them often enough but after reading your post and looking at your photos, you have changed my mind : )

  6. I find chocolate and pecans a nice compliment to each other, so I’m sure that I would enjoy these bars too!

  7. These sound fabulous – anything with chocolate and pecans gets my vote for a tasty treat. Now if I could only find people that would eat all of the treats I want to bake so that my boyfriend and I don’t gain TOO much weight…that, or the money to spend on feeding everyone else!! I like your blog a lot…everything looks so delicious!!

  8. WOW! This is a great recipe.I am a huge Pecan fan too and I just bought a fresh bag full. Now I’ll be off tomorrow to buy the rest of the ingredients to make this!

    thanks for sharing.

  9. your desserts never cease to impress and inspire!

  10. Thanks, Connie! You’re so sweet!

  11. Oh, oh, I love pecans too!
    Grrmbl, so many things to try, so little time…

  12. You seem to have some discrepancies in the sugar ingredients.
    The “Printed” recipe is different than the “website” recipe…

  13. You are correct, Silver Surfer. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. I have corrected my mistake. Thanks for dropping by!

  14. I love pecan bars. I haven’t tried them with chocolate yet and will definitely try this! Perfect for the holidays. Your pictures look so yummy!

  15. Since you said these were good, not great, I thought I would offer my favorite recipe for chocolate pecan pie bars. Amazingly good (in my opinion). It’s a Rick Bayless recipe and the recipe can be found on his website:

    I made these for the 3rd year in a row for Thanksgiving, and will be making them again for Christmas.

  16. Thanks for the link, Erika! Those do sound very good.

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  18. I think you’re being to hard on your recipe. I’m sure these taste great.

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