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Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars recipe with shortbread on the bottom and lots of pecans on top. This is a quick and easy recipe to whip up in under 30 minutes. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 189 kcal


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 ¾ all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick), melted


  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and hot
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • ½ tsp flake sea salt (optional)



  1. Move oven rack to lowest position in your oven, and preheat to 350 degrees.  Tear two aluminum foil sheets off of your roll (one about 13 ins, and the other 9 ins).  Lay the longer sheet in the baking pan, pushing foil into corners.  Then lay second piece perpendicular to the first piece.  Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.  You've just created a foil sling.  This will help with removal of bars from pan after cooking.

  2. Whisk flour, sugar and salt together in medium bowl.  Add melted butter, and stir with wooden spoon, until a dough begins to form.  With your hands, mix the dough together, until the flour is completely incorporated, and when you squeeze a handful of dough, it stays together a bit.

  3. Spread tablespoon size bits of dough all over pan and push down with your fingers and palm of your hand, until the bottom of pan is evenly covered with the crust.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla, and salt together, until smooth (about 30 seconds).  With a spatula, fold pecan halves into sugar mixture, until evenly coated.

  2. Pour topping over crust, using a spatula to spread evenly over crust.  Bake in preheated oven for 23-25 minutes, or until topping is evenly spread and bubbling rapidly.

  3. Transfer pan to wire rack.  Cool bars in the pan for 1 ½ hours.  Pull bars out of pan using foil sling.  If you want to add the optional flake sea salt, this is the time to do it.  Cut into squares on a cutting board.  Serve and Enjoy!!!  Store in Airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.