a fork with a piece of pecan pie shortbread bars on it

Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 70
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x


These pecan pie shortbread bars have all of your favorite ooey-gooey flavors of pecan pie in a delicious shortbread crust bar. If you don’t want to tackle pies this Thanksgiving, try baking these instead!



  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. flour – divided
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add 1 cup flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add in the cold butter one small chunk at a time. Continue to pulse until the dough starts to come together.
  3. Remove the dough from the food processor and press into the greased baking dish using your hands. Smooth out the bottom and make sure it’s even. Using a fork, pierce the bottom of the crust multiple times throughout the pan. Doing this will help prevent the crust from rising during baking.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool.
  5. While the crust is cooling, add the eggs to a small bowl and whisk until beaten. Then, add the dark Karo, sugar, pecans, vanilla, and 2 Tbsp. flour – whisk to combine.
  6. Pour over the cooled crust and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set and a knife comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour or two, then cut into bars and serve.


  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pecan pie shortbread bars, pecan pie, shortbread, Thanksgiving desserts, pecan pie bars