Easy Pecan Pie Bars

These Pecan Pie Bars are so good, rich and buttery that they will leave your fingers all sticky and ready to reach for another one! They will become everyones favorite!

Pecan bars stacked one on top of another on parchment paper.

They are the perfect bars to add to your cookie platter this Thanksgiving and upcoming Holiday Season. I usually make a list of all the cookies I’m going to make for the season and this recipe has definitely made the cut this year. They are sweet and melt in your mouth, plus the coconut combined with the pecan just adds that touch of sweetness and crunchiness you’d want in these Pecan Pie Bars.

Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder – The leavening agent of choice for this recipe.
  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar – I like to use light brown sugar. The brown sugar adds flavor and moistness to the bars and the molasses prevents the baked goods from drying out.
  • Butter – I use softened, unsalted butter.
  • Eggs – They create structure and stability in a recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut – Shredded
  • Pecans – Chopped

How to Make Pecan Pie Bars

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar and butter and combine everything together.

ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Pat into a 9-inch square prepared baking pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes.

Cookie base  patted in a baking pan and then cooked.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, coconut and chopped pecans. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir again.

Ingredients for the filling mixed together in a bowl.

Spread over the baked base and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let it cool and cut into bars.

The filling spread over the base and then baked again.

Are Pecans Good for You?

Pecans are a type of nuts native to The United States and Mexico. Pecans are rich in fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as zinc. They also help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation. Pecans are low in sugar and filling. A handful of pecans can leave you feeling satisfied and can satisfy those salty snack cravings we get especially in the afternoon.

What’s the Difference Between Light and Dark Brown Sugar?

Brown sugar is simply white sugar with molasses added into it. The real difference between light and dark brown sugar is the amount of molasses contained in the sugar.

Dark brown sugar contains almost double the amount of molasses found in light brown sugar, which is what gives the sugar a rich caramel flavor. Using dark brown sugar in a recipe will give it a darker color and a stronger taste.

Substitutions for Shredded Coconut

If you’re not a coconut lover like me, then you can substitute the shredded coconut for:

  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Double the amount of Pecans in the recipe
  • Add a different kind of nut to the filling such as: Macadamia or Brazil nuts.
Pecan squares on parchment paper with pecans and leaves around them.

How to Tell if Your Pecan Pie Bars are Baked

The bars are baked when they are a golden brown colour and set. Make sure that you don’t over bake the bars, you don’t want to create any cracks on the surface. To make it even easier for you to take the bars out of the pan once ready, place parchment paper on the bottom of the prepared pan before your buttery shortbread crust so that you’ll just have to lift the paper in order to take the whole cookie out before cutting into it.

Three Pecan bars stacked on top of each other on parchment paper.

How to Store Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars can be stored in an airtight container and left at room temperature for about 2 days. They will last about 4 days if refrigerated.

Pecan squares on a white plate with pecan around them.

Can Pecan Bars be Frozen?

Yes, Pecan Pie Bars should be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container. They will last about 2 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve them, take them out of the freezer and leave them to thaw in the fridge or warm them up in the oven for about 10 minutes.

pecan squares on parchment paper with pecans leaves around them.

More Delicious Pecan Desserts Recipes

Pecan squares stacked on top of each other.

Easy Pecan Pie Bars

Erika Marucci
These Pecan Pie Bars are so good, rich and buttery that they will leave your fingers all sticky and ready to reach for another one! They will become everyones favorite!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Squares
Calories 242 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Cookie Base

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • ½ cup Butter (room temperature)

Filling

  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 large Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Shredded coconut
  • 1 cup Pecans (chopped)

Instructions
 

For the Cookie Base

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C).
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar and the butter and combine everything together until you get a lumpy dough.
  • Pat into a 9 inch square pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes.

For the Filling

  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, coconut and chopped pecans. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again.
  • Spread over the baked base and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let i cool and cut into bars. Enjoy!

Notes

The Pecan Pie bars are baked when they are a golden brown colour and set. 
These Pecan Bars can be stored in an airtight container and left at room temperature for about 2 days. They will last about 4 days if refrigerated. They can also be frozen. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container. They will lat about 2 months.
When you’re ready to serve them, take them out of the freezer and leave them to thaw in the fridge, or warm them up in the oven for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 214IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bars, Christmas cookies, pecan bars
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4 Comments

    1. Hi Lucy, yes you could add white chocolate chips instead or double the pecans or add another kind of nut such as grated brazil nuts or macadamia nuts. Enjoy! 🙂

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