Ultranutty Pecan Bars

Pecan bars with a shortbread-style crust and absolutely loaded with nuts!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 23 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Calories 268 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Crust:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted

For the Topping:

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and still hot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups pecan halves, toasted (1 pound)
  • ½ teaspoon flake sea salt optional
US Customary - Metric


  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Make the Crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form. Using your hands, continue to combine until no dry flour remains and a small portion of dough holds together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. Evenly scatter tablespoon-size pieces of dough over the surface of the pan. Using your fingertips, press and smooth dough into even layer in the bottom of the pan; set aside.
  3. Make the Topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and completely incorporated. Fold the pecans into the sugar mixture until the nuts are evenly coated.
  4. Pour the pecan topping over the crust and, using a rubber spatula, spread the topping over the crust, working it to the edges and into corners (there will be bare patches). Bake until the topping is evenly distributed and rapidly bubbling across entire surface, 23 to 25 minutes.
  5. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and lightly sprinkle with flake sea salt, if using. Let bars cool completely in the pan, about 1½ hours. Cut into 24 bars and serve. The bars can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Ultranutty Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.