Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

It's officially fall and that means it's time to preheat that oven! This is the time of year I start going into baking mode and I'm especially anxious to get in the kitchen. One treat I recently tried were these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars made by a friend. I liked them so much, I made them myself (prior to my gluten free lifestyle.) They came out delicious and I plan on making these again for the holidays. These bars are a chocolatey spin on traditional pecan bars... yum!

Although I've recently found out I have a gluten sensitivity, it's not going to stop me from baking up goodies in the kitchen. In fact, I've been doing quite a bit of research and talking to some folks about gluten free baking. I've got a whole pantry of various flours and blends I look forward to play with so stay tuned! The recipe below is one you can adapt for gluten free baking. If you have an all purpose flour blend you use (either homemade or store bought), you can substitute it 1:1 for the all purpose flour called for in the recipe.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
recipe from Kraft

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups  flour
2 cups sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 package  (8 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, divided
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoonvanilla
2 1/2 cups chopped pecans

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

butter, flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt with mixer until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 min. or until lightly browned.

microwave corn syrup and 6 chocolate squares in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1-1/2 min.; stir until completely melted. Add remaining sugar, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in nuts. Pour over warm crust; spread to evenly cover crust.

35 min. or until filling is firm around edges but still slightly soft in center. Cool completely. Melt remaining chocolate squares as directed on package; drizzle over cooled bars. Let stand until chocolate is firm.


  1. These look like just the ticket for our office get-together next week. Love your website, more 'family friendly' recipes than I've seen on anywhere else and many more I want to try--your photographs make the recipes look so tasty! :) Also, what happened to the old theme with your smiling face at the top?

  2. Aw, thanks so much OTA Mom! As for my 'smiling face', I'm still smiling but thought it would be better to use an actual logo rather than my picture for my blog. You can still find me in the 'About Joelen' page :)

  3. Oh wow! I've been doing so well eating healthy lately! You're killing me ;) These look amazing!

  4. These look delicious! Hard to go wrong with chocolate & pecans!! Hate to hear about your aversion to gluten but glad to see it's not keeping you from enjoying yummy treats!

  5. These look so good. I love how moist they look.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this one! I love anything with pecans and sugar. Dairy and eggs bother me, so I'll have to use substitutes for them. I'm part of a small house-church family in which a woman and one of her four daughters can't have wheat gluten. It's great to hear that this recipe can turn out just as nice with non-wheat flours, too. :)

  7. Just the thing, for my contribution, at my daughter's home in Ga., for Thanksgiving! Thanks again for a yummy one.

  8. Just the thing, for my contribution, at my daughter's house in Ga., for Thanksgiving. They aren't much into pumpkin (my favorite) but I can make that back home in NY. My small "grands" here like to help me bake and we've made pumpkin muffins, bread, and pie. This will be a fun, new one to try. Thanks for another good receipe.

  9. Added coconut for a German Chocolate twist.delish