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The Best Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Chocolate pecan pie bars really are the best and the most delicious dessert you need for family gatherings. You don’t have to wait until the holiday season to make them, either.

Why not make them for dessert any night or bring them to a party, especially around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays?

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Pecan pie bars with chocolate chips. The bars are cut and sitting stacked on a cutting board. One of the bars is up on it's side.

These easy pecan pie bars combine sweet chocolate and crunchy pecans with a buttery crust and a wonderful gooey filling, bringing it all together. They are a delicious dessert, to be sure.

It’s a favorite dessert in my home because everyone can grab one and go mingle – no forks or plates required like you need for the actual pie!

Chocolate Pecan Bars: The Chocolaty Hand-Held Version Of Traditional Pecan Pie

Chocolate pecan pie bars have that same heavenly pecan pie filling along with a layer of chocolate for good measure. They’re a great addition to your holiday dessert lineup or for any kind of party. 

If you love traditional pecan pie and are a huge fan of chocolate desserts, then these are the pecan pie bars to make.

They’re absolutely delicious, and they disappear fast. Rest assured these are the perfect treat for any occasion and a great alternative to making a pie when you need a decadent dessert. 

A pecan pie bar with chocolate chips sitting on a piece of parchment paper. There are two bars sitting nearby.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

These easy pecan pie bars have been a recipe in my family for so long. If I don’t make them in a while, I’m always asked for them, and of course, I have to make them again.

They start with a brown sugar shortbread crust with a gooey filling, and the finished result of this easy dessert turns out like a pie rolled up into the format of a bar, making it the ultimate hand-held delight.

If you love pecan pie and chocolate, you’re going to love this sensational creation that takes tradition and gives it a new spin!

Ingredients For Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Shortbread Crust

  • Melted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

Pecan Pie Top

  • Eggs
  • Dark corn syrup
  • Melted butter
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

  1. Add the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter to medium bowl and mix.
  2. Press mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  4. In another bowl, add the eggs and beat them.
  5. Next, add the corn syrup, sugar, and butter and mix well.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and pecans and mix.
  7. Pour the pecan mixture on top of the shortbread crust and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Allow the bars to cool for at least two hours.

Step-By-Step Instructions

All-purpose flour in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Add the flour to a mixing bowl.

Flour and brown sugar in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Next, add the brown sugar to the bowl.

A measuring spoon with salt. The spoon is over a mixing bowl with brown sugar and flour.

Add the salt.

Pouring melted butter into a mixing bowl with brown sugar and flour.

Pour the butter into the bowl and mix the ingredients. It will be crumbly.

Uncooked shortbread crust in a baking dish on top of parchment paper.

Press the crust ingredients into the bottom of the prepared pan.

I lined the pan with parchment paper so it would be easy to lift it out. If you don’t have any parchment paper, you can grease the pan with butter or nonstick spray.

The shortbread crust will be golden brown when done baking.

I took the clips off before baking. I just had them on there to hold the paper in place while I got the crust ready.

Pecan Pie Top

Three eggs in a clear glass mixing bowl.

For the topping, start by adding eggs to a large mixing bowl and beating.

Pouring dark Karo Syrup into a bowl with beaten eggs. There is a whisk sitting in the bowl.

Pour the dark corn syrup into the bowl.

Pouring melted butter into a bowl with corn syrup and eggs. there is a whisk in the bowl.

Pour the melted butter into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix well.

White sugar in a bowl with the pecan pie bar ingredients. There's a whisk in the bowl.

Add the sugar to the bowl and mix the ingredients.

Chocolate chips in a clear glass bowl with pecan pie bar mixture.

Next, add the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix.

Pecans in a bowl with pecan pie bar ingredients. The bowl is clear glass.

Finally, add the pecans to the bowl and mix to coat them.

Uncooked pecan pie mixture in a baking dish. The baking dish is lined with parchment paper.

Pour the pecan pie bar mixture into the baking dish.

Cooked pecan pie bars with chocolate chips in a large baking dish. The dish is lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the mixture is set and not wiggly.

Allow the bars to cool for at least two hours before cutting.

Pecan pie bars with chocolate chips cut and sitting on top of parchment paper.

How To Store The Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Store the chocolate pecan pie bars in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. The bars do not have to be refrigerated, but will last a few days longer if refrigerated.

Can I Use Maple Syrup Instead Of Corn Syrup?

Yes, and it will taste just as good!

The Best Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

With this recipe for chocolate pecan pie bars, you get all those flavors of a traditional pecan pie with a layer of scrumptious chocolate.

The gooey texture of the pecan pie filling and the melty chocolate are a match made in heaven. 

It’s great for when you don’t want to have to slice up pieces of pie. Everyone can snag a chocolate pecan pie bar off the dessert tray. And trust me, they will snag them!

Before you set them out for everyone to enjoy, make sure you grab one for yourself or you will not even be left with a crumb!

Pecan pie bars stacked on top of each other.

The Best Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours

Chocolate pecan pie bars are a delicious treat that is one of our favorite holiday desserts. The recipe is made with simple ingredients and has a buttery shortbread crust and a gooey center topped with chocolate chips and candied pecans.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Pecan Pie Top

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or grease with butter or nonstick spray.

  1. In a medium bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter and mix well.
  2. Press the crumbly mixture into the baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  3. While that cools, add the eggs to a large mixing bowl and beat.
  4. Next, add the corn syrup, white sugar, and melted butter and mix well.
  5. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and mix.
  6. Finally, add the pecans and mix until they are coated.
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking dish over the shortbread crust and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is no longer jiggly.
  8. Allow the bars to cool for at least two hours before cutting.

Notes

TIP: Refrigerate the bars for at least one hour to get a cleaner cut.

The shortbread mixture will be crumbly when you mix it. It will press together when you press it into the baking dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Annette Kramer

Saturday 10th of February 2024

So my crust was not crumbly and had to double ingredients to cover the bottom of 9x11 pan.

Annette Kramer

Saturday 10th of February 2024

@Julie Pollitt, no I made first as direct didn’t have enough to cover the bottom of pan, then made a second batch. Was quite wet. I’ll let you know how it comes out when totally cooled.😋

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Hi Annette,

It's not supposed to be a thick bar.I wonder if the crust wasn't crumbly because you doubled the recipe?

Annette Kramer

Sunday 4th of February 2024

Can you use dark brown sugar.

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 4th of February 2024

Hi Annette, You can use dark brown sugar with these. Enjoy!

Alfred M Thomas

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Thanks for the recipes. Going to make all of the cookies.Going to give them as presents for Christmas . All my friends and family wants Is to eat. . No presents just food and bake goods

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 30th of November 2023

That sounds like a great Christmas to me! Very kind of you to bake and give the treats away.

Tammy Finsterbusch

Saturday 18th of March 2023

I am making these now... I don't see how much melted butter goes in the pecan pie filling. It's not listed in the ingredients

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 18th of March 2023

I’m sorry! It’s two tablespoons of melted butter.

Sheila Gordon

Friday 17th of March 2023

Hi! I’m trying this recipe because my husband found it and asked me to make it. Sounds yummy. I do not see an amount for the melted butter in the filling. How much should I use? Amy I missing something? The crust calls for 8 Tbsp and I did that. I don’t know how quick a response I will get so I’m going to use 4 Tbsp and see….. Thank you!

Sheila

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 18th of March 2023

I believe it’s two but four will be ok! Sorry!

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