These Pecan Pie Bars are a great way to get perfect, ooey gooey pecan pie in your face in no time! Even better, they can be made gluten free so everyone can enjoy!
Sometimes I want pie, but I don’t want the work of pie. You know what I mean? Either I don’t have the time to let the crust chill, or I’m feeling too lazy for all that rolling and crimping nonsense. When that’s the case, I turn to these easy Pecan Pie Bars.
Pecan Pie Bars: A Holiday Tradition
These little bites have been a staple at our family Thanksgiving and Christmas for years. Mom makes them in bulk, freezing them ahead of time so they can be pulled out just when they need them. They’ve even shown up under the tree a time or two, packaged up tight with a pretty bow on top.
A Gluten Free Pecan Pie Package
When mom found out over six years ago that she would have to follow a strict gluten free diet, a lot of our favorite holiday treats were suddenly off the table. It took some time, but eventually we found some gluten free desserts that taste just as wonderful as their wheat laden counter parts. Luckily, these Pecan Pie Bars are one of those recipes. A simple swap of gluten free flour in the crust is all it takes to make these beauties gluten free, so everyone at your Thanksgiving table can enjoy them.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars
- Mix together flour, sugar, salt, and butter to form your crust. Check out my Ultimate Pie Crust Guide for an exhaustive look into making pie crusts.
- Lightly brown the crust in the oven.
- Boil brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter ias the start of your filling.
- Whisk in part of the filling with beaten eggs, (careful not to let the eggs cook!) and once mixed add everything back to the pan.
- Stir in your pecans and vanilla to complete the filling, and then pour it into your crust.
- Bake it all for about half an hour, let it cool, then cut into bars, serve, and enjoy!
If you’re a fan of Pecan Pie, you’ll find these bars irresistible. It’s all the gooey, caramel-y, brown sugar and crunchy nut flavor you love in a dangerously easy to eat square. I can usually hold myself to eating a single piece of pie, but I can’t resist making return trips for these throughout the afternoon and evening. I slice myself a modest, skinny sliver then return for another innocent notch out of the pan. Then, of course, I have to even up the row, and take another slice. It’s like a dangerous game of gluttony Tetris, my friends. These bars are just the perfect pre-lunch, post dinner, before bedtime…okay let’s be honest, they’re the perfect anytime snack.
Make them ahead of all the holiday craziness, and you’ll have an amazing holiday treat ready to swoop in and steal the show. You can even make a whole batch of extras and use my tips for How to Freeze Cookies and Bars, to have an ample supply that will last you all year!
Hungry For More?
…Or find other Holiday Dessert inspiration from my roundup of 15 Drool Worthy Thanksgiving Desserts.
…And Don’t forget the turkey! If the thought of roasting a whole turkey is overwhelming to you, check out my step by step recipe for easy Garlic and Herb Oven Roasted Turkey. You can do it!
- 2 cups all purpose flour (or sub an all purpose 1-1 gluten free flour)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into small chunks
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light Karo
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the chunks of butter with a pastry blender until fine crumbs begin to form. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is very lightly browned.
- Combine brown sugar, Karo, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Put 1 cup of the hot mixture in a measuring cup. Slowly pour the hot mixture into the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add this to the remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecans and vanilla.
- Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 30-35 minutes or until set.
- Cool completely in the pan then cut into bars. Bars can be frozen or stored in an airtight container for 5 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 44mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g