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Easy Pecan Pie Bars

posted by Julie Evink on November 15, 2017

Easy Pecan Pie Bars ~ Delicious, Buttery Pecan Pie Bar Recipe with a Cake Mix Crust, Gooey Middle and Loaded with Pecans! This Recipe Will Be Your New Favorite For the Holidays!


Easy Pecan Pie Bars ~ Delicious, Buttery Pecan Pie Bar Recipe with a Cake Mix Crust, Gooey Middle and Loaded with Pecans! This Recipe Will Be Your New Favorite For the Holidays!The holidays are quickly approaching and I’m so excited for all the goodies! I mean, you expected that, right? The thing is I’m all about the easy tricks for treats. I’m not going to slave over a dessert all day to impress you. I’m going to get it done in record time and you’ll still be impressed because it’s going to taste like I’ve slaved over it all day, but I’ll still make time for that nap.

Just kidding. That would be amazing, wouldn’t it?

That’s why I LOVE these easy Pecan Pie Surprise Bars. You won’t catch me making a from-scratch pecan pie, but instead this pecan pie bar recipe that has an amazing cake batter crust. I’m one of those people that really hates pie crust! I’d take a cake batter crust over pie crust any day of the week.


Now, I actually love this Chocolate Pecan Pie, but I’m still going to pick these bars with a cake batter crust, gooey center and of course, a topping of pecans when faced with a choice. If I was really craving the chocolate and wanted to mix up things, I would even throw in a few chocolate chips!

Easy Pecan Pie Bars Perfect For Holiday Gatherings

When we remodeled our home—well, let’s be honest, we gutted our home—I got to do a little remodeling to make my kitchen fit my needs better. One of the top priorities on that list was two ovens because I knew as we started to host holidays and entertain, they were going to be a necessity to make my life easier.

I had watched my mother struggle with one oven for years when she entertained. She pretty much needed a flow chart due to the timing of all the dishes that needed oven time. I was going to do everything in my power to avoid dealing with this struggle. Plus, have you ever made a batch of cookies when you have two ovens? AMAZING. You are done in no time at all!

Delicious Easy Pecan Pie Bars Recipe that will be your new favorite

While appliance shopping, I fell in love with the Slate color from GE Appliances. I was totally sold, plus it’s a brand I knew I trusted.

My friends, I haven’t been let down once! These ovens run like a charm and leave me feeling accomplished in the kitchen.

Every woman’s goal is to feel accomplished in the kitchen without much effort, right?

These GE ovens are my favorite tool to help me achieve that goal. And these easy Pecan Pie Surprise Bars are the perfect example of an effortless achievement in the kitchen. The best part is I bet you have most of the ingredients, if not all, in your pantry right now for the recipe!

Ingredients Needed for Easy Pecan Pie Bars!

  • Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme™ Yellow or Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Brown sugar
  • Dark corn syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Chopped pecans

That’s right, only eight ingredients and you have a pan of freshly baked Pecan Pie Bars! Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Pecan Pie Bar Recipe that is easy to make with pantry staples

Now that I have you feeling so inspired to take on your kitchen and bake all the things I’m going to let you in on a little secret: this recipe was a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest in 1971! The original recipe was submitted by Pearl Hall from Washington, and I’ve brought them back in honor of Pillsbury’s recent announcement that the contest is back!

Stay tuned to find out who will win the grand prize of a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances and $50,000 in cash, plus the winner will appear on an episode of The Kitchen and in Food Network Magazine! How amazing does that sound?

Even though you can no longer enter to win the contest, you CAN make these pecan pie bars and win rave reviews at Thanksgiving!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • Alma Vorrei

    These were so easy to make, and the “testers” (my husband and daughter!) all gave it a thumbs up! Going to make a batch for us at home this week!

  • Danielle Green

    Pecan pie in a bar form! Delicious!

  • Melissa Howell

    It would not be the holidays without Pecan Pie! Would it be bad to make both the pie AND these bars?

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    The holidays are my favorite time of year, and I love that you took my favorite pie and turned it into a bar. These are going to go over splendidly with my family!

  • urielh

    Too bad we don’t have this cake mix in my country! This looks delicious ^^

  • Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

    I love how easy these are to make!! I will definitely have to try these 🙂

  • Malinda

    Easy desserts are the best!!! I long for the day we can redo our kitchen, I would LOVE to have 2 ovens!!!

  • Valentina @Valentina's Corner

    Perfect pecan bars for the holidays. Photos are just stunning.

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