This Easy Pecan Pie Bars recipe is one of my husband's favorite desserts. They have all the sweet crunchiness of Pecan Pie with a delicious shortbread crust baked on a sheet pan. It's an easy way to enjoy Pecan Pie in a bite-size square that's a breeze to serve!
But I have a confession. I almost never make them for him because cleaning up the pan afterward can be a nightmare. He actually asked me to make the bars for him last Christmas and I'm just now getting around to it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does such things?!
Since it's been months since he asked me to make him this dessert, when we decided to host a get-together over the weekend, I made up my mind to make him the Easy Pecan Pie Bars for dessert - crusty sheet pan and all.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
My husband loves these for so many reasons, but he generally thinks most Pecan Pies have too much of the gooey stuff in the middle. These are perfect because they have the light buttery shortbread crust, plus a thin layer of the pecan pie "gooey" filling, then lots of crunchy pecans on top! Don't they sound delish?
That's why these Easy Pecan Pie Bars are perfect for us. We get all the flavor and crunch of Pecan Pie plus a delicious shortbread crust and a tiny bit of buttery, sweet filling, but it's not overwhelming.
How to Make Pecan Pie Bars
Now - let's get started making this Pecan Pie Bars recipe. There's a full printable recipe at the bottom or you can subscribe to my emails and get a printable pdf in your inbox instantly!
Spray a half sheet pan (13" x 18" x 1") with non-stick spray, then firmly press the dough into the pan, covering the bottom (but not the sides). Bake the crust at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
I guess that's another thing I love about this recipe. When you make sheet pan pecan pie bars, there are so many more servings than your average pie! That's a win-win!
Then stir in the chopped pecans. And pour the filling over the baked crust on your sheet pan:
When it's all spread out evenly, bake for another 25 minutes at 350°F.
Let it cool and set for at least one hour, then cut into squares and serve! I've found the easiest way to cut these is to use my Pampered Chef pizza wheel.
I use the round wheel to cut all the center and that little flat part on the other side to cut really close to the edges. I know it sounds odd, but trust me... it works beautifully! (Note - I'm not affiliated with Pampered Chef in any way - I just love this tool).
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You can also print the recipe below!! Leave me a comment if you have any questions!