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Homemade Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Bars

Pecan shortbread bars are layered with cookie, caramel and chocolate. Easy to bake and delicious dessert for Christmas or a potluck. Use packaged or make candied pecans on stove yourself to make these squares of yum.

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Pecan Shortbread Bars are one of the best holiday desserts. That delicious pecan topping paired with an amazing shortbread crust is part of the reason that my sweet tooth kicks into overdrive this time of year! (affiliate links present)

How To Make Pecan Shortbread Bars

When it comes to holiday baking, is there anything better than that gooey pecan filling topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips? I think what I love most about this easy holiday dessert is that it’s the perfect pecan mixture without being overly sweet. 

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As long as you let these homemade shortbread cookies cool completely, you’ll have no issue cutting into bars and serving! It’s always fun to have a dessert that you can walk around and eat while you mingle. 

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Delicious Pecan Pie Bars

Since the middle of this simple pecan recipe is made using brown sugar and heavy cream, you know it’s going to be good! The added chopped pecans stirred in give the perfect crunchy texture, too.  

I have to make sure that I carefully plan ahead and cut an even number for everyone to get at least two, or the holiday cheer goes away quickly! There’s a reason why I usually make a doubled batch of this recipe because none of us can stop eating it. Typically I’ll make them with our Pumpkin Pecan Pie Recipe too.

Simple Pecan Squares

One of the biggest tips to keep in mind when making this pecan recipe is that you need to have a correctly prepared pan. The last thing that you want to have happened is for this goodness to stick to the baking pan! 

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I also spray with nonstick spray, just to be certain. You could also line with parchment paper and spray that too for double assurance! Letting the shortbread crust cool completely to room temperature after you remove from the oven is key as well. This will help them stick together, cut better, and remove more effectively, too. 

Addictive Pecan Bars

While these do taste quite a bit like pecan pie, there is a major ingredient missing. You won’t find corn syrup anywhere on this list! I like that the other ingredients used in this recipe create that pie flavor just the same! 

The kids like hopping in and helping with this recipe, too. Their job is to add everything to a large bowl and stir with the mixer. Low and slow is the key, but they like to change up the speeds as they go. 

As long as they’re helping out in the kitchen and not making too big of a mess, I don’t mind it at all! 

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Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Bars

You’ll find that turning some of your favorite desserts into dessert bars is quite an amazing way to enjoy them. Not only does this save on stress and time of making perfect pies, but it also means fewer dishes! 

While you can absolutely serve these up on plates if you want, there isn’t a need. Using napkins or even just the grab-and-go method is a great idea, too. The fewer dishes, the better! 

To Die For Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars

Since I tend to make these for our holiday desserts at home, it just makes sense to make and gift these glorious bites to others. Sharing food during the holiday season really is caring! 

Whip up a second batch and make that be your batch for gifting. The great thing about gifting cookie bars is that you just need a cute holiday snack bag or gift box to put them in. Make sure not to stack them too high as it might damage their appearance. 

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Add a cute gift tag and a bow, and you’re set to share this homemade goodness with family and friends. Talk about the perfect way to share holiday delights. 

Pecan Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Drizzle

There are a few variations to this recipe that I have to share! If you don’t want to add the chocolate chips on top you can melt them in a bowl first and then drizzle it along the top instead. We like a thick layer, similar to our scotcheroos though, I mean why not. Christmas dessert recipes call for it in my opinion.

  • Spray a square 8×8 pan with non stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • With a mixer cream the butter until fluffy. Then add your egg and lemon juice and mix. Add flour and mix until combined.
  • Press this mixture inside a greased pan as the bottom layer. Poke top with fork a few times so it doesn’t rise.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until outer edges are light brown.
  • In a saucepan melt butter and honey. Then add your brown sugar and bring to a boil. Stir until it becomes dark brown, about 5 min.
  • Remove from heat, add cream and stir. Add pecans and pour over shortbread layer. Bake again for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove, sprinkle on chocolate chips or melt chocolate chips in microwave and drizzle on. Use back of spoon to smooth when melted.

You can use all sorts of different chips on top. Peanut butter and semi sweet is a fun mixture as well.

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This still gives that sweet chocolate flavor but just in a less covered manner than the recipe is written. 

You can also easily create Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars by omitting the chocolate chips on top and drizzling caramel sauce. Super easy and delicious, too. (Dare I say that you can combine and do a chocolate caramel sauce?! Totally up to you!) 

Dessert Recipes with Pecan

Make sure that you store these pecan treats properly as well. Putting them in an airtight container with a lid is best. They also don’t have to be stored in the fridge but can be if you want. 

I tend to cut the entire pan into squares right away so that anyone can grab a quick easy dessert anytime that the craving hits. I think they appreciate the simple gesture as well! 

To store: wrap each one individually with plastic wrap and seal inside a freezer bag for best results. Leave them on the countertop so they don’t dry out. They will last 4-5 days easily like this.

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Pecan Shortbread Bars

Pecan shortbread bars are layered with cookie, caramel and chocolate. Easy to bake and delicious dessert for Christmas or a potluck.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, chocolate, cookies, pecan, shorbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 421kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 9×9 pan or 8×8 is thicker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray 8×8 pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • With a mixer cream butter until fluffy, then add egg and lemon juice and mix. Add flour and mix until combined.
  • Press inside greased pan as the bottom layer. Poke top with fork a few times.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until outer edges are light brown.
  • In a saucepan melt butter and honey, then add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Stir until it is a dark brown, about 5 min.
  • Remove from heat, add cream and stir. Add pecans and pour over shortbread layer. Bake again for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove, sprinkle on chocolate chips to melt. Use back of spoon to smooth when melted.
  • Can add whole chips on top just before leaving it to cool. Once cold slice into bars.

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Nutrition Facts
Pecan Shortbread Bars
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 561IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Susan Burke

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

The cookies are good-full of pecans and even better with the added chocolate chips. Two issues with the recipe- the base ingredient list lists 1/4c brown sugar but it is not mentioned in recipe step 2 so I added it at the end. I think maybe the sugar should have been creamed with the butter. The equipment list states a 9x9 pan but the recipe calls for an 8x8. I used 8x8 and that worked well.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

It is listed in the recipe as to when to add, it isn't in with the butter.

Carol Berndt

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Looks great, cannot wait to taste when it cools.

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