A friend of mine, who picks pecans every year, brought me some of these yummy bars along with a sack of pecans. They are incredibly rich and gooey, and freeze like a dream. Easy and perfect for the holiday season.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour and pecans until just blended. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow bars to cool in the pan before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

538 calories; 28.4 g total fat; 92 mg cholesterol; 148 mg sodium. 68.9 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2006
I just finished baking & tasting the Butter Pecan Bars. I changed the recipe due to the ingredients I had on hand. I used self-rising flour instead of all-purpose and I added 3/4 c. choc. chips to the mix. I made sure the sugars and butter were creamed to a fluffy light color. The final outcome was terrific. I can visually see the inside is soft and the outside is chewy. I cooked for 40 min. in a 350 oven. I had some pecans I wanted to use up and I am glad I found this recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/10/2005
I'm not sure what I did wrong here. I followed the recipe exactly. The bars were way too thick and never got completely done, even after cooking them 10+ extra minutes. The recipe sounded great and I really wanted the bars to work out, so I made a second batch and they turned out the same as the first batch. They definitely need to be in a bigger pan than 8x8. I was preparing the bars to take to a party. Even though I wasn't happy with the results, I took them anyway. They didn't turn out pretty, so it was hard to get people to try them. Those that did try them, said they liked them, but there were a lot left over. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2006
I just finished baking & tasting the Butter Pecan Bars. I changed the recipe due to the ingredients I had on hand. I used self-rising flour instead of all-purpose and I added 3/4 c. choc. chips to the mix. I made sure the sugars and butter were creamed to a fluffy light color. The final outcome was terrific. I can visually see the inside is soft and the outside is chewy. I cooked for 40 min. in a 350 oven. I had some pecans I wanted to use up and I am glad I found this recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2006
I just finished baking & tasting the Butter Pecan Bars. I changed the recipe due to the ingredients I had on hand. I used self-rising flour instead of all-purpose and I added 3/4 c. choc. chips to the mix. I made sure the sugars and butter were creamed to a fluffy light color. The final outcome was terrific. I can visually see the inside is soft and the outside is chewy. I cooked for 40 min. in a 350 oven. I had some pecans I wanted to use up and I am glad I found this recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2003
Too good. I made these for a tough crowd-we have several wonderful amateur cooks and one or two culinary professionals. Well they all hovered over this plate of pecan bars and asked for the recipe. Be sure and let the recipe cool before cutting into bars-less mess. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I made these for a cookout so I decided to go ahead and double the batch and cooked in a 9 1/2 by 13 1/2 pan and cooked for 50 minutes and it could have cooked for another 5-7 minutes to be perfect. I even accidentally put in a cup of walnuts and a cup of pecans (oops I thought the bag I opened was pecans)and everyone still loved them not even noticing the difference. Will definately make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2009
So yummy! These bars took a lot of patience and tinkering with the timing. On my second try I baked for 60 minutes at 300 degrees and it was just perfect. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/09/2005
I'm not sure what I did wrong here. I followed the recipe exactly. The bars were way too thick and never got completely done, even after cooking them 10+ extra minutes. The recipe sounded great and I really wanted the bars to work out, so I made a second batch and they turned out the same as the first batch. They definitely need to be in a bigger pan than 8x8. I was preparing the bars to take to a party. Even though I wasn't happy with the results, I took them anyway. They didn't turn out pretty, so it was hard to get people to try them. Those that did try them, said they liked them, but there were a lot left over. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2009
These are good. I wanted them to be more chewy. I cut the flour down by a 1/4 cup. Added a cup of pecans. Bake them in a 300 oven for 50 mins in a 9 x 13 pan. I liked them much better this way. Thinner and more chewy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2003
These were really quick and easy!!!! Didn't even pull out the mixer mixed it all by hand.I did use a larger pan which probably made them not as gooey but they were very good and everyone loved them.As we have 16 pecan trees these will be a keeper for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2008
Wow! What more can I say? I actually RUINED these by adding chocolate pieces- it made them unbearably rich! Plus in my opinion they were no where near as good when you got a bite of chocolate with the bar- and I LOVE chocolate. The pieces without the chocolate were incredible! I will be making these a lot in the future- WITHOUT THE CHOCOLATE!!!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This was absolutely wonderful! It was easy to make tastes delicious and even my seven year old liked it. I used butter flavored crisco instead of butter and it turned out wonderfully. I'll make this many more times! Read More
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