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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 9×9 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