Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are a delicious, bite-size version of the pecan pie that sits on the table during the holidays! Perfect for a large or small crowd…I promise your non-pecan pie eaters will LOVE it!
After I published my Pecan Pie Bars recipe, I got lots of requests from readers to adjust the recipe to make it into Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars.
Well, it’s taken longer than I planned, but I’m finally ready to share my recipe for Chocolate Pecan Bars!
Pecan Pie has never really been one of those go-to pie flavors that I would choose to make or pick up to eat at a family gathering.
Now, don’t get me wrong…..I like all the flavors in a pecan pie but a whole piece of pie is just a little too rich for me.
So this bite-size version with the extra added delicious chocolate was just the ticket for me.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe is to make. The crust is a yummy shortbread that really takes no time at all to prepare.
And the pecan topping is actually just as quick and easy to whip up.
These delicious bars will not last long on your holiday tables. Your friends and family will find their new, favorite ‘pie’ after a scrumptious dinner. Get the recipe ready to hand out!
Ingredients Needed For Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
- Flour – all-purpose
- Brown Sugar – light or regular
- Butter – room temperature
- Granulated Sugar
- Corn Syrup – light or regular
- Pecans – coarsely chopped or finely chopped
- Chocolate Chips – sweet or semi-sweet
How to Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
The process is simple. The final result is divine. Here’s how.
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix the flour brown sugar and butter for the crust ingredients until crumbly.
Press the crumbly crust mixture evenly into the baking dish. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes.
Next whisk together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and melted butter and mix until smooth. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips
Pour this mixture over the warm crust and bake for another 25 – 30 minutes.
Allow the bars to cool completely and cut into bars
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe Notes And Tips
- These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars can be made gluten free by using gluten-free flour. You can find gluten-free flour in the same aisle with the regular flour
- Choosing to use unsalted butter will help to control the amount of sodium in your bars.
Variations Of Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars To Try
- If you prefer roasted pecans, simply put them in of oven for a few minutes to give them that delicious toasted flavor.
- Sprinkle with sea salt as soon as the Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars come out of the oven which will create that delicious sweet and savory flavor.
- In place of the chocolate chips, shave a block of chocolate for larger pieces of chocolate.
- In a food chopper, pulse up some extra pecans finely and add a little bit to the shortbread crust before baking. This will add a little extra yummy, nutty flavor to the shortbread.
How do I store these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars?
If you are serving these bars at a party or gather, they will keep well at room temperature just for the day in an air-tight container. Otherwise, they will need to be kept in the refrigerator.
So if I have leftover Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, how long will they keep?
These bars will need to be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days but will need to be refrigerated because of the eggs in the recipe.
Can I freeze the Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars?
Absolutely!!! Prepare as directed and allow the bars to cool completely. Slice the bars and then wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Can I make these bars without using corn syrup?
You certainly can! You can substitute maple syrup, agave syrup or brown rice syrup in place of the corn syrup. Just keep in mind that your bars will be a little less gooey but still very yummy!
Should I use salted or unsalted pecans in the Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars?
That choice is entirely up to you! If you want to control the amount of salt in the recipe, you may consider using unsalted. However, the recipe does not call for any added salt so the salted pecans would be a great addition.
What is the best way to chop the pecans?
If you want larger pieces of pecans to use in the bars, you can rough chop them with a sharp paring knife. This is the way I would prefer them.
However, if you are someone who does not want larger pieces of pecans, you can chop them much finer with the paring knife or use a food chopper to chop them to your desired preference.
More Amazing Holiday Sweets To Try
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
- Mix all crust ingredients until crumbly.
- Press evenly into the prepared pan and bake 12-15 minutes.
- Whisk together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and melted butter until smooth.
- Fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
- Pour over warm crust.
- Bake 25-30 minutes.
- Cool completely and cut into bars.