Pecan Bars

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My pecan bars recipe is like pecan pie in bar form. It includes a scrumptious shortbread crust topped with a buttery honey-flavored filling overloaded with pecans. 

Fork breaking off a piece of a pecan bar.

Oh yes, you read that right! If you like classic pecan pie, it’s going to be love at first sight when you try my pecan bar recipe. With the combination of the shortbread crust and the deliciously sweet pecan filling, if you close your eyes you will 100% think you’re biting into pecan pie.

Fortunately, these pecan bars are so easy to make. The first step is to make the crust using flour, salt, sugar, and butter. Cut the ingredients together and then pop that in the oven to pre-bake. While that’s baking, we make our delicious pecan pie filling using pecans (of course), more butter and sugar, honey, and vanilla. Some pecan bar recipes do this on the stovetop, but we’re cutting out that step and just giving it a quick mix in a bowl. Then we spread the pecan mixture over the crust to bake for about 20 minutes.

How quick and easy does that sound? Music to my ears, I tell ya! You will have to be patient though and let them cool before you take that first bite. But I promise they’re definitely worth the wait. Go that extra mile and serve your pecan square with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard for Thanksgiving dessert.

I’m such a fan of pecan recipes, especially when the weather finally cools in the fall. Pecans and Thanksgiving just go hand in hand, right? However, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been known to swap them for walnuts more often than not because we all know they’re so much cheaper! Here are 9 pecan recipes to keep you going, but there’s even more below. 

Alright, that’s enough of me sharing my love for pecans, let’s get baking!

Ingredients for pecan bars.

Recipe Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans (or pecan halves)

How to Make Pecan Bars

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Add flour to mixing bowl.

In a large bowl mix the flour…

Add sugar to mixing bowl.

½ cup sugar…

Add salt to mixing bowl.

And salt.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Add butter to mixing bowl.

Add chopped butter to the mixing bowl.

Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or long-tined fork until it looks like crumbs.

Press mixture into baking dish.

Make the crust by pressing the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake this for 20 minutes. Remove but keep the oven on.

Add honey to a different mixing bowl.

In a different mixing bowl, we’re going to make the pecan bar filling. So add the honey…

Add sugar to mixing bowl.

1.5 cups of sugar…

Add eggs to mixing bowl.


Add melted butter to mixing bowl.

Melted butter…

Add vanilla to mixing bowl.

And vanilla.

Mix ingredients together.

Make sure that it’s smooth like so…

Fold in chopped pecans.

Then fold in the chopped pecans and stir once more.

Spread pecan bar filling over crust.

Spread the filling evenly over the baked crust ASAP when it comes out of the oven.

Baked pecan bars out of the oven.

Bake in the oven until the filling is set (approximately 20-25 minutes).

Spatula holding a pecan bar.

Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing them up into delicious pecan bars. 

Note: If you have a wire rack place the pan on it to cool.

Pecan bar on a plate.

I’m sorry but how delicious does this pecan pie bar look?!

Excuse me, I’m going to go dig in!


  • Store leftover pecan pie bars in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be served chilled, at room temperature, or warmed.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months and thaw them at room temperature before enjoying them.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like, you can substitute the granulated sugar for light brown sugar in either the crust and filling or both. You can also substitute the sugar in the crust for powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar to make an extra-tender, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust.
  • Other options besides honey are light corn syrup (the traditional method) or maple syrup.
  • I know pecans aren’t cheap, so feel free to substitute them for walnuts or use a combination of mixed nuts, like cashews and blanched peanuts.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve pecan pie bars?

These pecan bars taste delicious on their own, but for dessert, I love to serve them with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or custard.

How do you make chocolate pecan bars?

To make chocolate pecan pie bars, fold in 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks when you add the pecans. Another option is to add toffee bits.

Can we tempt you with more pecan recipes?

Pecan Pie Muffins

Candied Pecans Recipe

Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Snowball Cookies

A pecan bar on a plate.

Pecan Bars

Like pecan pie in bar form, these pecan bars include a shortbread crust topped with a buttery honey-flavored filling overloaded with pecans. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, pecan
Servings: 12



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter

Pecan Filling

  • 1.5 cups honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups chopped pecans
  • 1.5 cups sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, ½ cup sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter until it looks like crumbs. Make the crust by pressing the mixture into the pan.
    3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup butter
  • Bake this for 20 minutes. Remove but keep the oven on.
  • Mix the honey, 1.5 cups sugar, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Make sure that it's smooth and then add in chopped pecans and stir it up.
    1.5 cups honey, 4 eggs, 3 tbsp butter, melted, 1.5 tsp vanilla extract, 2.5 cups chopped pecans, 1.5 cups sugar
  • Spread the filling evenly over the baked crust ASAP when it comes out of the oven.
  • Bake in the oven until the filling is set (approximately 20-25 minutes). Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing them up into delicious bars. 


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  1. I realize baking time would need to be adjusted, but would it be possible to do an individual jumbo-muffin-sized (or baby bundt-sized) version of this yumminess?

  2. These look awesome… question is, can I use a sugar substitute for all of this recipe except for the honey? My hubbies favorite pie is pecan. He had a heart attack in October, so our eating habits have to change. I would love to make him something he loves. So will wait to hear. Thank you and Happy New Year…..Claudia

  3. Those pecan Bars are calling my name! I have a large bag of pecans in the freezer that I can use. Like you, Stacey Lynn, I prefer them to walnuts Hopefully, mine will look as good as yours.

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