Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are rich, decadent, divine! I have been making these scrumptious bars for a long time. I made them frequently when my kids were growing up. Each spectacular bar is filled with lots of chocolate chips and pecans in an amazing pecan pie-type filling.
I recently made these bars for a Ladies’ Retreat at our church and one lady who never eats nuts told me they were her favorite–even over the Red Velvet Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownies which she (and many others) thought were awesome.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are a real treat for your family. If you like pecan pie and chocolate you will love these tasty treats–and so will everyone else! They are great for holiday baking. I’ve made them several times for our yearly Christmas Cookie Extravaganza, and everyone usually raves over them.
I got the recipe from a dear friend, Mimi Pownall, back in the early 1980s when I typed in all her recipes for her electronically back when computers first became reasonable in price for regular folks (circa 1984). I’ve never had one of Mimi’s recipes fail me.
I have changed the recipe up a little bit. Instead of using a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour for the crust, I melt the butter and stir it into the crumb mixture. The melted butter adheres to the crumbs better and the bar won’t come out of the pan quite so crumbly. It’s a terrific recipe with an amazing chocolate crust and a pecan pie-chocolate chip layer to die for.
So if you’re looking for a special recipe to wow your guests, look no further than the recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your company. Chances are, you won’t even have a crumb left over after serving these terrific bars!
When I made Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars originally in March of 2013, my pictures were dark and unclear. I recently remade this recipe in order to give a batch to friends (May 2017) and took a few new pictures. These luscious chocolaty bars were a big hit. I recommend them for your dessert menu anytime you want a sweet treat.
Rich, decadent, sumptuous are the best descriptors of Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars!
If you enjoy pecan pie and like chocolate – the two go together like bread and butter.
I used to make these bars all the time for my boys when they were growing up. We loved them. Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are great for holiday baking, special occasions, or to bring out to your office on occasion. Everybody just loves them!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Place UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour in a bowl. Add part of the brown sugar and cocoa. Add one cup melted butter.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Press chocolate crust mixture into bottom and up sides of prepared baking dish.
Bake crust layer at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. The crust will be almost set.
Meanwhile in another mixing bowl add eggs, remaining brown sugar, 3 tbsp. melted butter, corn syrup, pecans and chocolate chips.
Stir to combine.
Pour over crust layer.
Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until top is set. The original recipe called for this step to take 20 minutes. I have never had it cook in under 40 minutes! Cool bars completely before cutting. Cut the bars into 24 pieces. Miniature pecan pies with chocolate!
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are wonderful for special occasion but I would make them up for our family frequently too–no special occasion–just because. These have always been a family favorite. I hope you like them too.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are a real treat. This is like eating miniature Pecan Pies with chocolate chips in the pie!
Take a tray of these sumptuous bars to your next holiday gig, office party, baby shower, or potluck and you won’t bring any home!
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE BARS
(Recipe from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
- 2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 2 tbsp. cocoa
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar, divided
- 1 cup butter
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 12-oz. pkg. chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, combine flour, ¼ cup brown sugar and cocoa.
- Cut in 1 cup butter until mixture is crumbly.
- Press onto bottom and ½” up sides of greased 9×13” pan.
- Bake in 350° for 10 minutes.
- In medium bowl, combine eggs, corn syrup, remaining ¾ cup brown sugar, pecans, chocolate chips and 3 tbsp. melted butter.
- Pour over baked crust.
- Bake in 350° oven for 40 minutes or until filling is set.
- Cool and cut into bars.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are a wonderful treat for your family. Why don’t you make some now?
Don’t these bars look delicious? Are you ready to taste one?