chocolate pecan pie bars

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chocolate pecan pie bars

Normally, I am all about the fruity desserts like this apple crisp or berry cobbler, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been dreaming about pecan pie.

I’m not sure why I love it so much. It is SO sweet, and normally those are not the desserts I go for; it’s probably because it is my dad’s favorite pie. Whatever the reason, come Thanksgiving, I will gladly pass up pumpkin and apple for a piece of pecan pie.

chocolate pecan pie bars

A few years ago, my mother in law started adding chocolate to her Thanksgiving pecan pie. I was upset at first; I love it straight up, and not really being a big fan of chocolate desserts, I was not expecting to like it. Much to my surprise I loved it. The chocolate wasn’t overpowering, and you still got that delicious pecan pie taste.

As I planned out what I would be making for our Thanksgiving dessert table ( yes even though it is only the four of us this year, we will have a dessert table – don’t judge) I knew it had to include a chocolate pecan pie, but you know how I feel about pie crust…

NOT good people.

Pie crust and I still do not see eye to eye, and I ‘m not sure we ever will.

These chocolate pecan pie bars are pecan pie meets chocolate shortbread cookie, and I didn’t have to fight with a pie crust to get a Thanksgiving dessert everyone loves.

chocolate pecan pie bars

chocolate pecan pie bars


  • for the shortbread crust -
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, cold and cut in small pieces
  • for the filling-
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  • heat oven to 350 degrees
  • grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch, square baking pan
  • to make the chocolate shortbread crust, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar
  • using a pastry blender (two forks work as well) cut in the butter so that is it evenly distributed - the dough will appear crumbly
  • press dough into the bottom of your prepared pan
  • bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
  • set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the filling
  • combine the corn syrup and the brown sugar
  • stir in the eggs, beating well after each addition
  • mix in the flour, butter, vanilla, and salt
  • stir in the pecans and chocolate chips, and pour filling into the prepared shortbread crust
  • bake at 350 degrees until the center is set - 30 - 35 minutes
  • cool completely before cutting

chocolate pecan pie bars

Just look at that filling; hard to pass up even if you have had too much turkey (or in my case stuffing, I can’t stop myself when stuffing is involved).


thanksgiving idea from friends –

chocolate covered pretzels (in a turkey jar) – inside brucrew life

apple cider sangria – sugary sweets

coconut pecan no-bake chocolate bars – chocolate chocolate and more

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