Pecan Bars With Shortbread Crust

Close up of a pecan pie bar.

These shortbread pecan bars are perfect for when you want a pie but don't want to go through the hassle of making a pie crust. Because look, if I couldn't even go through the effort of putting real pants on today, there's no way I'm rolling and crimping. This shortbread crust is simply smushed into a baking dish, a task anyone can do. If you have a spare child with excess energy, you won't even have to do this step. Then simply layer the crust with a pecan pie base and bake away. This is an easy and tasty recipe, perfect for parties or a night on the couch.


These bars are good as is but sometimes it's fun to play mad scientist with desserts. Add these extras when you mix the pecan pie base.

-White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate Chips

-Toffee Pieces

-Caramel Bites

Pecan mixture uncooked in a bowl.

How to Store Pecan Bars

On the Counter: Store these at room temperature for 4-5 days.

In the Freezer: Store bars in an airtight container for about 2-3 months for best quality. Defrost bars on the counter a couple of hours before serving. If you are in a hurry, zap the bars in the microwave for about 20 seconds before eating.

Other Dessert Bar Recipes

If you love dessert bars and you need more options, check out these recipes:

Dark Chocolate Toffee Bars

Smores bars

Lemon Bars

Pecan bars on a plate with pecans in front of it.

Get your bars in the oven, then thank yourself for making such an easily portable dessert.

Keep your belly full, your mind engaged, and your heart open.

make ahead party foods: pecan pie bars stacked atop each other.

Pecan Bars With Shortbread Crust

Pecan pie the easy way. They're simple, tasty, and great for a party treat or to just eat at home.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 bars



  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 tablespoon butter melted
  • ½ cup corn syrup light or dark will work
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans



  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix together all crust ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  • Press the crust into a 9x13 glass baking dish, smushing it about until it is evenly spread.
  • Bake the crust for 15 minutes.


  • While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  • Finally, fold the pecans into the mix.
  • When Crust is done, pour the filling over the crust and gently spread it evenly over the surface.
  • Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes until browned on top and the center only slightly jiggles when the pan is jostled.
  • Allow to cool before cutting into the bars.
Keyword dessert, dessert bars, easy, pecan pie
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  1. 5 stars
    This looks so decadent and perfect for fall!

  2. The instructions call for whisking eggs but there are no eggs in the ingredient list. How many eggs do you use?

    • avidlyravenous

      Hi Tammy, thanks for noticing that error. I use 2 eggs in this recipe, I have updated the recipe to reflect that!

  3. Thank you so much for replying so quickly.

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