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.
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
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.
- Cookie Layer
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cold butter, but into small pieces
- Custard Layer
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- Crust Layer
- 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.
- Press dough mixture evenly into a 13' x 9" pan. Use can use a piece of plastic wrap to press the dough out neatly.
- Bake at 350F for 17 - 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Cool well.
- Custard Layer
- Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and the 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; stirring gently.
- Remove from heat.
- 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.
- Add vanilla and pecans. Stir well.
- Pour over the cookie layer.
- Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until set.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.
- You can wrap each cookie bar individually in plastic wrap and freeze in a plastic bag or airtight container.
Be sure to check out all the cookie recipes available from other bakers who are filling the cookie jar.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.
OH my gosh…..I LOVE this recipe. Like little slab pecan pies. YUM
You have got it exactly right, Wendy. 🙂 They’re perfect for snacking and for parties.
A pecan pie on the go, excellent choice!
It doesn’t get much better than that, does it, Tracy? Have a wonderful weekend.
Yum! Looks delicious..great choice for Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Erin. I love these cookie bars and they’re easy to make. A win-win.
These look so perfect!! Yum! I definitely need to make these!
Thanks, Amy. Hope you enjoy them.
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.
All pecan pie all the time would be my motto if I my doctor would let me. 🙂
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.
I need to make friends with your mom, Cynthia! I need a good pecan supplier. 🙂
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!
Enjoy again and again and again, Kris. 🙂
Oh my! Pecan Pie is my absolute favorite! I want to lick my computer screen.
lol, Audrey. The mom part of me is cringing and firmly saying, “No.” The pecan pie lover in me, totally gets it.
I love these little bites of pie! Pecan pie is always welcome here!
lol, Cindy. I am so with you about pecan pie.
Yummy! Like my favorite pie only in a more managable size.
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.
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.
My Mom makes these and they are my favorite! Thanks for the recipe – I may have to make these for the holidays…
These look so good. Love the idea of a cookie crust and just pressing it into the pan, instead of a regular pie crust!
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 🙂
Yum!!! These look so good. Gonna try this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Enjoy, Jake. And they freeze well, too, so make a double batch. 🙂