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Pecan Pie Bars

This gooey Pecan Pie Bars recipe are made up of a buttery shortbread base, toasted pecans, sticky caramel, loads of chocolate and a salt sprinkle!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, soul food, south, Southern
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 303kcal

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For the Filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped into chunks
  • 4 oz heath bars 1/2 cup chopped into chunks
  • 2 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

For the Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan and line it with parchment paper. Leave a couple inches of paper hanging over the sides to easily lift out the bars.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, or using a bowl and a hand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, flour, and salt together, on low speed. After about 1-2 minutes, increase the speed to medium and continue to beat until coarse, almost dough-like crumbs form.
  • Using your hand, or a spatula/large spoon, press the dough mix into the bottom of the pan, trying to spread it as evenly as possible.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the filling.

For the Filling

  • Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Wipe out the bowl of the stand mixer. To that bowl, add the eggs, corn syrup, and brown sugar. Beat on low speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the molasses and vanilla, then briefly mix again until just combined.
  • Use a spatula to fold in the pecans and both chocolates. Pour the mixture over the top of the baked crust.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the center is set. Once out of the oven, immediately sprinkle flakey sea salt over the top. Add as much or as little salt as you’d like.
  • Let cool completely, about an hour. Slice into squares and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg