Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Perfectly portable Thanksgiving dessert! |

These pecan bars were the very first thing that I ever baked on my own. Like, EVER. Sure, I helped my mom make Christmas cookies when I was a kid, but I began baking on my own in high school with this very recipe. These bars showed up at a family party and given my affinity for pecan pie, it’s no surprise that I was totally and completely enamored with them. My grandma gave me the recipe and I found myself making them quite frequently. They quickly became my “signature” and were for a long time – I would take them to work potlucks, family parties, and anywhere else I thought people could use a little something sweet.

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Perfectly portable Thanksgiving dessert! |

These bars are a breeze to throw together and don’t require much in the way of equipment or time. You can easily mix together the crust ingredients with a fork, a pastry blender, or your fingers – just make sure you get the mixture to a crumbly texture. The bars need to cool completely before you cut them or the filling and chocolate will smear and run a bit. I actually prefer these chilled in the refrigerator, but you can keep and serve them at room temperature if you’d like.

Ironically, I never made these bars around Thanksgiving, but it goes without saying that they are the perfect portable Thanksgiving dessert. They’re a great alternative for a full-blown pie, and you could easily omit the chocolate and add more pecans if you’d like. Although, I do think the combination of chocolate and pecans is something extra-special.

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Perfectly portable Thanksgiving dessert! |

Do you remember the first thing you learned how to bake all on your own?

One year ago: Sweet Potato Scones with Maple Cream Glaze
Two years ago: Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
Four years ago: Pecan Pie
Five years ago: Lebkuchen

Chunky Pecan Pie Bars

Servings 24 bars
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle

Easy to make nut bars perfect for a snack


For the Crust:

  • cups
    all-purpose flour
  • ½
    salted butter, at room temperature
    ((1 stick))
  • ¼
    packed light brown sugar


  • 3
    large eggs
  • ¾
    light corn syrup
  • ¾
    granulated sugar
  • 2
    salted butter
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • cups
    coarsely chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
    (or chocolate chunks in a bag!)
  • cups
    chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. For the crust, mix together the flour, butter and brown sugar until crumbly. Press into the baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.
  3. For the filling, beat the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla extract with a wire whisk. Stir in the chunks and pecans. Pour evenly over the baked crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
  4. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cool completely and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the refrigerator if you live in a warm/humid area with no air conditioning).

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one bar


Calories: 263kcal
Fat: 15g
Saturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 33mg
Sodium: 58mg
Potassium: 119mg
Carbohydrates: 30g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 21g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 185%
Vitamin C: 0.1%
Calcium: 21%
Iron: 1.5%

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