Pecan Pie Cookie Bars

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It’s wonderful to fill the cookie jar with homemade cookies. It’s such a nostalgic treat to come home from school or work after a long day and find a delicious freshly baked surprise. These Pecan Pie Cookie Bars are a new family favorite. One bite and they’ll be your new favorite, too. 

close up of dessert bars with pecans on white plate

I remember visiting  my grandmother as very young child. She’d always make sure to have my favorite cookies on-hand. I looked forward to being able to open the cookie jar to find which treat was waiting for me. It was the feeling of excitement and anticipation coupled with knowing my grandmother had taken the time to make something special for me. 

My grandmother lived in prime pecan country, with a pecan tree in the front yard. She was known for her amazing pecan pie.  These pecan pie cookie bars are just as delicious as her pie, but are much more convenient for everyday snacking.  And while I still love my tried-and-true Pecan Tassie cookies, these Pecan Pie Cookie Bars are much easier to make in a big batch. 

Pecan Pie Cookie Bars

pecan dessert bar on white plate in front of platter of bars in background

When making these pecan pie cookie bars, be sure to let the cookie dough layer cool well before adding the filling layer. Also, let the finished bars cool well before cutting them into squares. The pecan pie cookie bars are very sweet, so I recommend cutting the bars smaller than you do your usual brownies or bars. 

The pecan pie cookie bars can be frozen. Simply wrap each bar with plastic wrap and store in an air tight plastic bag or container in the freezer. 

Pecan Pie Cookie Bars
Yields 32
Pecan Pie in a delicious cookie bar
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195 calories
24 g
37 g
11 g
2 g
4 g
47 g
18 g
13 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195
Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 37mg
Sodium 18mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Cookie Layer
  2. 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3/4 cold butter, but into small pieces
  5. Custard Layer
  6. 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  7. 1 cup light corn syrup
  8. 1/2 cup butter
  9. 4 eggs, beaten
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 2 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
  1. Crust Layer
  2. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut in 3/4 cup butter with a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Press dough mixture evenly into a 13' x 9" pan. Use can use a piece of plastic wrap to press the dough out neatly.
  4. Bake at 350F for 17 - 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  5. Cool well.
  6. Custard Layer
  7. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and the 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; stirring gently.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Add about a half a cup of hot mixture to the beaten eggs. Stir well and add back to the pan of the remaining mixture.
  10. Add vanilla and pecans. Stir well.
  11. Pour over the cookie layer.
  12. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until set.
  13. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  1. You can wrap each cookie bar individually in plastic wrap and freeze in a plastic bag or airtight container.
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white plate of dessert bars with pecans on top of each one

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  1. I love Pecan Pie, making bars would be so much more practical. I like that you can freeze them, makes for a delicious pecan pie dessert anytime.

  2. I have made a recipe very close to this one. These bars are to die for! I spent many years in New Mexico and the valley there was great for growing pecans. My Mom brings me some every year.

  3. I LOVE pecan pie, however my husband doesn’t. These will be perfect for me to make freeze and enjoy all by myself! Thanks for sharing!

    1. lol, Audrey. The mom part of me is cringing and firmly saying, “No.” The pecan pie lover in me, totally gets it.

  4. Oh yum! My Thanksgiving menu is already planned but I have a feeling these are going to sneak in on the dessert list, especially since I can make them in advance.

  5. Pour me a big glass of milk, I will be over for one (or two) of these. I am so glad you are a part of the Film The Cookie Jar group! See you next month.

  6. My Mom makes these and they are my favorite! Thanks for the recipe – I may have to make these for the holidays…

  7. These look so good. Love the idea of a cookie crust and just pressing it into the pan, instead of a regular pie crust!

  8. These look absolutely delicious! I am sadly allergic to pecans, but I know a lot of friends who would love this recipe. I’m pinning it for them šŸ™‚

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