Pecan Pie Surprise Bars (Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

This is the 1971 winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off. It was created by Pearl Hall of Washington. It's described as "delicious as pecan pie" only easier to make and much more portable to eat in bar form.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Grease 13 x 9 inch pan.
  3. Reserve 2/3 cup of the dry cake mix for filling.
  4. In a large bowl, combine remaining dry cake mix, margarine and 1 egg at low speed until well blended.
  5. Press in bottom of greased pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  7. In large bowl, combine reserved 2/3 cup dry cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs at low speed until moistened.
  8. Beat 1 minute at medium speed or until well blended.
  9. Pour filling mixture over warm base; sprinkle with pecans.
  10. Bake an additional 30-35 minutes or until filling is set.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Cut into 36 bars.
  13. Store in refrigerator.
Most Helpful

These are great. My husband loves these.

Charmin228 April 17, 2010

These tasted good, but they were a gooey, sticky mess to cut and plate. I let the individual pieces sit overnight on parchment paper because they were sticking to the platter and the next day I was able to plate them up. They were better a couple of days after they were made. I cooked for 15/35 minutes and used 2 cups pecans.

ConnieN November 29, 2009

Made these as one of my new Christmas treats--made exactly as written. Have already had 2 requests for the recipe and another batch. These are fabulous.

Sodak1951 January 25, 2009