Pecan Pie Bars with Cake Mix
Quick and easy holiday treat.
Quick and easy holiday treat.
These are so rich and yummy -- and very easy, actually. Have a friend whose staple dessert is pecan pie -- and now I see why, the basic filling is both easy and impressive. I used butter instead of margarine, of course. Not sure butter was soft enough to fold into cake mix, but it all turned out OK. I ended up adding about 8-10 minutes to the second round of baking to get a nice browning on the top. Only other change was that I used about 1.5 cups of pecans just because I had them and because it looked a little sparse with just a cup. Personal preference, really. Would have probably had more of that pecan pie gelatinous feel if without the extra nuts. Advise waiting until these are really cool before cutting. I tried to cut them into bars when they were warm and they're just too sticky. They cut fine once they cooled, though. Also advise cutting into SMALL pieces. These are very rich. My edges got kind of hard and chewy, too -- not sure you can avoid that really -- but I like those pieces best. Will definitely make these again.Read More
These are so rich and yummy -- and very easy, actually. Have a friend whose staple dessert is pecan pie -- and now I see why, the basic filling is both easy and impressive. I used butter instead of margarine, of course. Not sure butter was soft enough to fold into cake mix, but it all turned out OK. I ended up adding about 8-10 minutes to the second round of baking to get a nice browning on the top. Only other change was that I used about 1.5 cups of pecans just because I had them and because it looked a little sparse with just a cup. Personal preference, really. Would have probably had more of that pecan pie gelatinous feel if without the extra nuts. Advise waiting until these are really cool before cutting. I tried to cut them into bars when they were warm and they're just too sticky. They cut fine once they cooled, though. Also advise cutting into SMALL pieces. These are very rich. My edges got kind of hard and chewy, too -- not sure you can avoid that really -- but I like those pieces best. Will definitely make these again.
Very easy to make, the only tough part is waiting for them to cool. You must wait until they are cool in order to cut into neat squares, if not they fall apart. I did add an additional 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and added 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips. Everyone loved them, even the ones that claim they don't like nuts. This is a keeper and feeds a large crowd since they are so rich a little goes a long way.
Great! I took this to work for a birthday party, and they ate it for breakfast! Now I make it and take it everywhere.
The taste is wonderful. I found the bottom layer of cake a bit hard to spread evenly, but not too bad..
Easy and tasty! I brought it for Thanksgiving. We had several pumpkin pies and apple pies. Having the choice of a "bite" of pecan pie was a great hit after a huge meal, but wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it flavor! I got many raves. Brought it to our office potluck just before Christmas and there was nothing left after 20 minutes!
Fantastically delicious! Was surprised how the two layers join together when baking the second time. Would recommend cooling the bottom layer 5 minutes before pouring on top layer. I poured mine the moment it came out of oven and it ripped into the bottom layer. Very good though!!!!!
Easy and delicious!
These were so easy and so very good!! Make sure you coat the pan really well or they will stick! after the pan cooled, I put it in the freezer to help firm up the bars a bit and they were great frozen too.
These are good, very rich. More like a blonde brownie with pecans on top rather than a pecan pie. My daughter loves pecan pie and these were a big hit for here. I put one Tablespoon of vanilla instead of 1 teaspoon and added my secret pecan pie ingredient...1 Tablespoon of bourbon!
I have made this recipe several times in the past, and even traded pecans for raisins... makes it almost like one giant butter tart. A great recipe!
One of the best 'bars' I've ever made. Similar to cream cheese bars but better! Easy, quick, moist, chewy, rich but not too sweet. A keeper! These bars will become a regular at holiday gatherings.
These were just okay in my opinion. I am a big fan of pecan pie, as is my family, but these were nothing like it. They are sticky, chewy, and do not keep long after the day that you make them. I'd say to pass and just make the pie.
I have made this recipe several times and gotten rave reviews from all my family and friends. It's quick and easy and recipients will think you spent time and effort on them! Tastes like a mini slice of pecan pie!!!!
These were delicious. Made them exactly as directed. Brought them to work and everyone gobbled them up and complimented me incessantly. A few tips: 1. Grease your pan really well - sides and bottom. 2. Pat the dough into the pan with a rubber spatula - it doesn't stick to the dough. 3. Let the cake part cool for at least 10-15 minutes before pouring on the gooey mixture. 3. When you take it out of the oven, the middle will still be liquidy. You cannot serve immediately. If you let it cool overnight, it'll be a little more solid (still gooey) and ready to cut in the morning. Wonderful Autumn treat. Thanks!
This recipe is a must have in all recipe boxes. Better than pie! What a wonderful and chewy taste in every morsel. I shared this recipe with a neighbor and this has now become her FAVORITE of all desserts. My only substitute in this recipe was using Almonds rather than Pecans only because I had no pecans on hand.
Super easy. Definitely recommend putting in 1.5-2 cups pecans on top. Don't beat the first ingredients like I did the first time, instead stir together and mash into pan. Cooled 15 min between 2 steps and it was good.
Looked very messy but tasted fantastic!
I don't care how much I try i just can't get a pecan pie to set - These are the next best thing! Highly recommend this recipe.
didn't come out good at all, won't make again
I made this last Christmas and will make them again this year. Everyone loved them, even the true Chef in our family. He even asked for the recipe. I followed the recipe and didn't change a thing.
Didn't have enough of the bottom layer to spread over the cookie sheet so i transplanted it to a smaller pan figuring I'd just bake it a little longer because it was thicker. The outer edges came out burt but the middle was fine. Maybe if I double the recipe and use a regular pan at the same time/temp it would have been better, not sure.... BUT I did manage to cut away the outer layer to sample a few bites and it TASTED really good....
This recipe will replace the tradistional pecan pies that I make during the holidays. Big hit with everyone. Loved the fact that I could slice them into bars and they were'nt messy.......MIGHT MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS THIS YEAR!
THIS IS THE FRIST TIME I MADE THIS THIS PECAM PIE BARS AND I HADE FUN MACKING THEM
Delicious and got rave reviews! The pan disappeared very quickly.
gone in 60 seconds
I made these for Thanksgiving 2011 and my family absolutely loved them! These delicious and chewy bars are a great alternative to the traditional pecan pie.
I'm giving this 5 stars. It was SUPER easy and it tasted extremely good. BUT after reading the others reviews I followed them as well. After cooking the cake part I let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before pouring the mixture on top. ALSO instead of using just 1 cup of pecans I used 2 cups. I let the bars sit overnight before cutting them and they just would not cut into bars at all. Too gooey but still delicious. I will make these again for sure.
Made these bars for Thanksgiving, and they were a huge hit! I think that they would be especially good with some vanilla ice cream on top. My only issue was that the bars at the edges of the pan were a little bit too tough. But all in all, a definite keeper!
These are absolutely fabulous. I've made them before and they were the hit of the party.
So easy and not one bite left.
These are wonderful...Very easy and quick and tastes like pecan pie, without having to mess with the crust. My husband LOVES pecan pie and he could not stay out of these..I will be making these often..
I was very disappointed with this recipe... did not like the yellow cake mix taste. I'll stick with the regular pecan pie from now on.
Very easy to make...I wouldn't bake the cake part in the beginning quite as long because the bottom was a little tough, but overall very tasty recipe. I will make this again.
These were very good and quite easy to make. I will definitely make these again!
Disappointing. These taste okay but the texture is very cake-like, not like a bar at all. The "crust" is very difficult to spread out and they turned out very sticky and gooey. I won't make them again - other non-cake mix pecan pie bars are much better.
While I consider myself a skilled baker, I have never been able to perfect a pecan pie! So, I thought I would try this recipe. So glad I did! My confidence needed a boost! I made the bars by the recipe. Easy and turned out great!
The recipe was awesome! I doubled the amount of nuts on top. I was a little confused about how much cake mix to use because the recipe says 1 box and then it also says 2/3 cup of cake mix. I used 1 box only and then reserved the 2/3 cup of cake mix.
Can I just say Oh My GOODNESS! This was wonderful! I loved these and I am not a huge fan of pecan pie. I made these for Thanksgiving Dinner and I had to hide them so that we would have some left over after the Turkey!! Great!
Kids love it, but it's a little intense and rich for the adult crowd.
A few tips: generously spray your hands with butter cooking spray and you can easily pat down the dough without it sticking to your hands. Also tried this with a rubber spatula, but just prefer to use my hands. Also, I can't find a cake mix in my grocery store anymore that's 18.25 oz. The largest I could find was 16.25 oz. Still measure out the 2/3 cup for the filling and use the remaining cake mix for the crust. It is a bit thinner. Delicious!
So, so good!
These yummy bars were the first to disappear at a party I took them to. Rave reviews all around. I made them as directed and they were superb!
Loved these bars, very simple to make! Tasted fantastic!
These received rave reviews from my family. I can't wait to make them again!!
This were great! I made them for the office thanksgiving and I had to make more because my boyfriend loved them!!
These were ok. Pretty sweet!
These taste delicious but I have made them four separate times and have had pretty inconsistent results. Sometimes I have to substitute maple syrup or sugar and water for the corn syrup if I am out, (1 c. sugar + 1/4 c. water = 1 c. corn syrup) and I'm not sure if that is the reason for the differences. They come out really dark brown, almost looking burnt but are still incredibly sticky and falling apart. I could leave them to bake longer than suggested but then I think they would burn. At any rate, they still taste good whether they are falling apart or holding together. Everyone loves them!
Everyone loved these. It’s like a tasty dessert bar or a rich bar you can have with coffee in the morning. Easy to prepare. Do be sure to grease and flor the pan. Also it is hard to spread the bottom layer because it’s so sticky. I? stuck mine in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and it was easier to work with. These bars will be made again and again.
I will absolutely make this again! I used to have a very similar recipe but I lost it, so I was very excited to find this one. I took these to a potluck and not only did they all get eaten, but I had several requests for the recipe!
Very good! Will definitely make again as they are soooo easy.
Okay-I agree I tasted a little too much yellow cake mix.