Best Ever Pecan Bars

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If you’re looking for the perfect dish for your next potluck, you’ve found it! This recipe is easy to make and incredibly delicious. The delicious shortbread crust reminded us of the pecan sand pies we loved as kids. Anyone else remember stealing some from your parents stash? We totally did it! Bake these easy pecan pies for big parties, keep them on hand for a midnight snack, or you can even enjoy them for breakfast. No judgment here! They come together in a few easy steps and are a unique take on pecan desserts. Plus, the crust is easier to make than a pie! The nut lovers in your life will go crazy over our Pecan Pie Bars. They last about a day in our house, so you might consider making a double batch!

Corn Syrup Options:

We realize that not every home cook likes to use corn syrup in their baking. Don’t worry! You can substitute maple syrup if desired. It also adds a hint of maple syrup that pairs perfectly with the pecans.

How do you know if a pecan bar is done?

If you’re struggling to determine if your chocolate bars are cooked through, there are a few ways to tell if they’re done. First, make sure to set the center. They should be gooey in the middle, but not runny. Then, look at the edges. If they’re perfectly set, your dish is ready to enjoy!

Do Pecan Pie Bars need to be refrigerated?

This dessert technically doesn’t need to be refrigerated. That said, they last longer if you store them in the refrigerator! We also love the flavor and texture of the cold pecan pie bars. If you don’t like refrigeration, you can store them on your countertop or in your pantry. They will keep at room temperature for 3 days.

Do I have to prebake the crust?

Yes! For best results, bake the pecan pie crust no more than 20 minutes before adding the filling. This will ensure it stays crisp. If you skip this step, you may end up with mushy and soggy results. No one wants that!

Troubleshooting: How to Prevent Pecans From Burning

If you’re not careful, you might find that traditional pecan pie burns quite easily. The great thing about our Easy Pecan Pie Bars is that you don’t need to worry about that when you follow the recipe card below! Just make sure your oven is set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and keep an eye on the cooking time. After baking the crust and adding the filling, they should be ready in about 30 minutes!

Explanation in advance

One of the reasons we love this recipe so much is that it’s perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or baked desserts! They’re easy to make ahead of time so you can get back to party planning. We recommend that you whip them up the night before you plan to serve them. Leave them untouched in the baking dish to cool and refrigerate. Then, cut into strips when you’re ready to dig in!