These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars combine a layer of buttery shortbread with a fudgy, chewy pecan topping. Basically, they’re everything you love about pecan pie in convenient handheld form!
Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
While a whole pecan pie feels appropriate for a special occasion, these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are more of an everyday kind of treat. This is the kind of recipe that’s easy enough to whip up for an impromptu weeknight dessert, although it’s also delicious enough to earn a spot in your holiday baking rotation.
The addition of chocolate takes these bars to the next level, adding an irresistible fudginess to the basic pecan pie equation. Paired with a buttery shortbread crust, these bars are rich and decadent, so if you’re making them for a holiday dessert spread, you might want to cut them into bite-sized pieces!
What You’ll Need
These chocolate pecan pie bars differ from typical pecan pie because instead of a pie crust, they’re made with a layer of shortbread. This means the ingredients are a little bit different, too.
For the crust:
- Unsalted butter – This needs to be softened, so take it out 30–45 minutes before you plan on starting the recipe.
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
For the pecan filling:
- Corn syrup – You can choose between light or dark corn syrup; dark will add a richer flavor, while light corn syrup adds a hint of vanilla.
- Semi-sweet chocolate – Use chocolate chips or a roughly chopped bar.
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract – Use pure vanilla extract, not imitation. The vanilla flavor is an important component of this recipe!
- Chopped pecans
How to Toast Pecans
How to Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Tips for Success
- Forming the crust. When you’re forming the shortbread crust in the baking pan, the harder you press, the better your crust will hold together when you cut the bars.
- Shake the pan. This is the trick to knowing when your bars are set! Take the pan out of the oven and gently shake it back-and-forth (not up-and-down). If there’s a little bit of wiggle and jiggle in the middle, your bars are done. If the center of the pan moves like molten lava, you need to bake the bars a little bit longer.
- Cutting perfect squares. It’s easier to cut perfect squares if you line the pan with parchment paper so you can lift the bars out. Then, you can use a large, sharp chef’s knife or a pizza rocker to cut straight across.
How to Store Pecan Pie Bars
Pecan pie bars can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week. Store them in an airtight container or zip-top bag.
Can I Freeze These?
Yes, these bars freeze well! Place the bars in an airtight container or freezer bag and store them for up to 2 months. Let them thaw on the countertop or in the refrigerator, then serve.