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Pecan Pie Bars

on November 22, 2016

Since this is one of the big weeks for getting together with families, I have to share this photo of Grandma and Grandpa and one of Grandma’s sisters and her husband. Grandma and her sisters were together for gatherings a lot, even after they were married, and it didn’t have to be for holidays. They got together a lot for Sunday suppers, too. They always seemed to have so much fun together. This sister was exactly 2 years older than Grandma – their birthdays were on the same day!


I just love the dresses on the ladies here, and the men are looking dapper! So cute!

The sisters were always exchanging recipes and they all liked their sweets. Today’s recipe comes from one of grandma’s sisters. This is a great recipe if you love pecan pie, but want something smaller that still tastes like a pecan pie in a bite. These Pecan Pie Bars are still “plenty sweet”, but not quite as rich as a whole piece of actual pecan pie. This would be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table, where you may already have several pies and where you need something just a little bit different. I love pecan pie, but sometimes after a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner and having to decide which of the several pies to have, I think this little bite of heaven would be just right.



These bars are so delicious!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Pecan Pie Bars

For crust:

Mix together:

1 yellow cake mix (reserving 2/3 cup for filling)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

Press into greased 9″ x 13″ cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

For filling:

Mix together in large bowl with mixer:

2/3 cup reserved cake mix

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

Pour onto baked crust.

Top with:

1 cup pecans, chopped

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


I used a small offset spatula to spread the crust in the pan. It doesn’t seem like there’s enough batter to cover the bottom, but there is. It’s not a thick crust.


Ah, pecans. How I love them.


After baking the crust, on go the goodies!


First pour on the filling and then sprinkle on the chopped pecans. I didn’t think it looked like enough pecans, but it was just right.


Wow. After baking it turns a caramel brown color and smells divine. The recipe doesn’t say to grease the pan, but I gave it a squirt of non-stick spray. I would grease it even more next time. The filling stuck around the edges after baking.




These bars are so gooey and so good. You need to add these to your desserts – not just at Thanksgiving time – any time. They’re easy to make and absolutely delicious, like all of the recipes I’ve tried that come from Grandma and her sisters.


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