Do you ever dream of making your favorite pie, but don’t want to make a pie crust? I do all the time. Pie Crust is just not my thing. I even seem to mess up the ready made pie crust that you simply roll out and place into the pan. My daughter on the other hand, makes a perfect pie crust so we’ll let her handle the pies. I’ll make the bars and the cookies. These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are simply the best. They taste just like my favorite chocolate pecan pie, without all the fuss.
My Baking Fantasy
Too bad we don’t haved smellablog, because we just finished making these pie bars (pie bars – that just sounds so funny to me) and the whole house smells AMAZING. I wish you could get a whiff of these bars right now.
Do you remember the baking fantasy that I shared last month? It was the classic Greek dessert, Baklava, and it was loaded up with walnuts. That was another dessert that once intimidated me, but I figured out it wasn’t so hard to make. These chocolate pecan pie bars showcase another of my favorite nuts, pecans – along with chocolate, of course.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped (I recommend the Diamond of California Pecan Halves, and give them a rough chop.)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
Tip: If you turn the baking pan over and fold the aluminum foil over the outside of the pan first, it will nicely go right into place without a lot of creases.
2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mier to beat 1 stick of room temperature butter, brown sugar, flour, and salt until coars crumbs form. Pour mixture into prepared pan; press firmly into the bottom.
3. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons melted butter until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Spread over the crust.
5. Bake until set, 25 – 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan before lifting out (use foil to lift). Cut into 16 bars.
Source: Adapted from recipe found at Food.com.
So, what’s your baking fantasy?
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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
- 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups pecans coarsely chopped (I recommend the Diamond of California Pecan Halves, and give them a rough chop.)
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
- Tip: If you turn the baking pan over and fold the aluminum foil over the outside of the pan first, it will nicely go right into place without a lot of creases.
- 2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mier to beat 1 stick of room temperature butter, brown sugar, flour, and salt until coars crumbs form. Pour mixture into prepared pan; press firmly into the bottom.
- 3. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons melted butter until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Spread over the crust.
- 5. Bake until set, 25 - 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan before lifting out (use foil to lift). Cut into 16 bars.
Maria P. says
I’m so happy I found your blog, hopefully I become more of a baker or at least a cook, or learn to do something. Me and the kitchen don’t get along
Y had me at Chocolate!!! I cannot wait to try this it looks sooooooooo delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Lori A says
these look great we have lots of pecans here in florida and I can easily make these my father and family would love them thanks for posting
mary ortiz says
I would like to try this recipe without the chocolate for me it would taste better just like eating a pecan pie in a bar.
oh oh, danger zone – these look wicked good! I love pecans and chocolate, and putting them together is better than anything. I never thought of making these as bars, no battle with pie dough. I have to make these today – I’m off to buy pecans, I can’t wait to taste the buttery goodness!!!
Della Barker says
This looks and sounds so wonderful! We love pecan pie and this sounds so much easier! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
tiffany f says
These look amazing. Love pecan pie and who doesn’t love chocolate??? Never thought of combining them together, but thankfully someone did, will be trying these in the near future!!
Wondering how they hold up after baking…I do like to do all my holiday baking starting right after Thanksgiving …do you have an hints on how to keep them fresh for a limited amount of time…..would you recommend freezing…store in plastic containers…cookie tins???? All baked goods have different instructions…any ideas from your experience…I usually make the pies…I would like to try this recipe….Thank you..
Hi Mickey! I would store them in an airtight container, and if they don’t get eaten within a couple of days store them in the fridge. We haven’t tried freezing them yet, but my guess is that they would freeze well enough.
I’m confused, recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter aside from the 2 tbsp. melted butter. Directions say mix 1 cup of butter with mixer. Which is it? This looks delicious!
Hi Sue! Step 2 of the recipe calls for the 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter. Step 4 of the recipe calls for 2 tbsp of melted butter – that’s for the topping. I hope that clears things up for you. Enjoy!
Oh goodness, I got it now! Sorry! Going to try these today! Thanks again!
Great! Please let us know how you like them.