Accidental Pecan Bars

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

We were making pecan pie for Thanksgiving and my mom thought she needed to double the filling like she always does with frostings, etc. When the pie crust overflowed and there was still filling in the bowl, she was going to throw it out, but I decided to try a crumble-type crust to use it up. We had our pie, so we figured we would send the bars with our grandson/nephew to be with his other family. The bars came out so good that we did not want to share, but we stuck with the holiday spirit, shared, and made many more throughout the season! The cream in the filling is optional, but definitely worth it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make crust, mix butter, brown sugar, egg, flour, baking powder, and salt until crumbly.
  2. Press into a large 10x15 baking dish.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  4. To make filling, wait until the crust is almost done.
  5. Blend the melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, and cream.
  6. Add the vanilla. Stir in pecans.
  7. Pour over crust.
  8. Bake at 350º for about thirty minutes until the filling begins to set.
  9. Cool slightly in pan and cut in squares.
Most Helpful

Loved this recipe! I made them for my nephew's graduation party. They were the first ones gone and it makes a big pan.

cakes12 July 05, 2011

Absolutely delicious, PaNik. I did as AmandaLynn suggested. It tasted like pecan pie but supersized with the crust. So glad your mom erred! We live in pecan country, so pecans are readily available. In fact, one of the farmers send me 10 pounds he had in the freezer! I'm in pecan heaven, and this recipe will definitely be made again. Thnx for posting your recipe. Made for PAC Spring 2010. You've been adopted!

Darkhunter April 10, 2010

Excellent recipe! Once you've pressed the "Crust" into the baking dish, poke even rows of holes in it with a fork. That way some of the filling will seep into the crust making it extra yummy! Also, try roasting the pecans in a little butter with salt before you stir them in! :)

AmandaLynn August 30, 2004