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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars. Say what?!?! These bars have the best of all worlds. A buttery, flaky crust? Check! Heaps of chocolate? Check! A yummy filling good enough to eat before it makes it to the oven? Double-check! Oh, and loads of pecans. Yes, please!

I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of pecan pie. If there were several pies laid out, it would not be my first (or even second) choice. But, we had chocolate chips, pecans, and a crap ton of butter, so I thought, ‘eh, why not. It’ll be something different.” I’m all about trying different recipes and avoiding going to the grocery store in the process if it’s last-minute baking going down.

PREPARING CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN PIE BARS

I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website. Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars are pretty easy to make but do require a little preparation. First, you’re going to be baking the crust from scratch, and it has to set in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The recipe states, “an hour or overnight,” but who has time for that? I, for one, wanted to try one of the bars the night I started them. Hey, I never said patience was my strongest quality!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars on white plate.

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To cut the butter into the flour, it is recommended to use a pastry cutter. I must confess that I didn’t have one of these. I started to use a fork, grew increasingly frustrated, and ultimately started just squishing it all together with my hands. It was sticky and very messy. The Amazon Fairy is now in the process of getting my shiny new pastry cutter out for delivery.

Once you start adding the ice water, you will want to add slowly. It calls for ¼ – ½ cup. For me, ¼ cup was perfect, but I poured it in small amounts and mixed it in until the dough had the consistency that I wanted. After the dough was complete, off to the fridge it went. And the waiting began. The next time you touch the dough, it will be to spread it into your baking pan.

Making the filling is extremely easy. I used my much loved KitchenAid Stand Mixer for beating the sugar and eggs together, but using a hand mixer will do the job as well. After mixing the eggs and sugar, it is merely stirring in the remaining ingredients by hand, pouring over the crust, then adding the pecans.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars on white plate

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

The top does tend to get very golden in color. I did the toothpick test several times despite the top getting a little dark. I ultimately took it out of the oven when the toothpick came out mostly clean.

The recipe states to wait until the bars are cool before cutting. By the time the bars finished baking, it was already 9 PM. I let them cool for a half-hour before diving in with a knife and fork.

The result? A flaky, buttery crust, a deliciously chocolate-pecan filling, and enough to give hubby and me dessert for the entire week. For an added dose of YUM, try bars warmed up and crumbled over ice cream. You can thank me later!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars

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Dessert
Serves: 36
Prep Time: 30 minutes + 1 hour chill time Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars are the best of all worlds. Buttery, flaky crust. Chocolatey pie filling, and heaps of pecans. Hard to resist and stop at one!

Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
  • FILLING
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

1

In a small bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

2

Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to fit bottom of a 13x9-in. baking pan; press into pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

3

In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and salt on high speed 2 minutes. Stir in flour, melted butter and vanilla. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour over crust; sprinkle with pecans.

4

Cover loosely with foil. Place on a lower oven rack; bake 20 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes longer or until top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

5

Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 36 bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Leslie
    June 22, 2020 at 10:11 am

    These look amazing! I can almost taste them!

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      Ashley Kosky
      June 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Chocolate and pecans are a tasty combination! Thanks for reading!

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    Ayleen French
    June 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Looks yummy !

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    LaRena Fry
    June 24, 2020 at 12:23 am

    My goodness Im drooling. These look so good.

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      solrazo.com
      June 26, 2020 at 3:33 am

      I love both pecans and chocolates. Combining them in a single, yummy recipe like this is really a sweet treat!

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    Marie Phillips
    June 24, 2020 at 12:39 am

    These look amazing!!!! I would love to have one with a scoop of ice cream on top.

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    Brandy
    June 24, 2020 at 6:48 am

    I love love love pecan pie so I know this will be a favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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    Krysten Quiles
    June 24, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Oh YUM, these are making my stomach growl! Totally have to try these out!

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    Nancy Taylor
    June 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Decadent! Nothing is more satisfying than a good bar cookie, and this recipe looks on the money!

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    Gervin Khan
    June 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

    These will be definitely a crowd favorite especially to our kids. The looks really so delicious and very enticing.

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    Jon (@beintheworldyoga)
    June 24, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Nomnomnom! My family and I would enjoy this.

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    Maartje
    June 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    These look great! And I could make a vegan version of them really easily

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    Kristyn
    June 24, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Wowww! These look absolutely amazing! I want them now! lol

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    Celebrate Woman Today
    June 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    This pie looks so moist and soft. I would like a piece with my tea, please.

  • Reply
    tweenselmom
    June 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    These chocolate bars look really delicious! I’m glad you shared the recipe with us, I might try making them sometime for the whole family! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    Marjie Mare
    June 24, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    This looks so moist and delicious that I would enjoy a bar right now with my tea. I will share with my daughter, I am sure she will want to make it over the weekend.

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    Mudpiefridays
    June 25, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I love finding a new recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

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    WorldInEyes
    June 25, 2020 at 11:00 am

    these CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN PIE BARS looks so delicious and tasty….and as it is quite simple…Thanks for sharing the review it is amazing…will love to have this….

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    aisasami
    June 25, 2020 at 11:43 am

    My mom loooooooooooooooves pecans. I have to send this recipe to her as she will love this!

  • Reply
    Konstantina
    June 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I love everything chocolate. These couldn’t look any more delicious!!!

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