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Easy Christmas Cookie: Pecan Pie Bars

December 12, 2014


You know how you love pecan pie but a whole piece feels like way too many calories and overdoing the richness. These little pecan pie bars are easy to make, rich, yes, (but only three bites), and deliciously-sweet-tooth-satisfying.

In the busy days of December, keep these ingredients on hand so you can whip up a quick and scrumptious dessert for that dish of cookies you’re supposed to take to work, to an after-caroling party, for youth group, for the club meeting at school your kid forgot to tell you about. Or to dress up and round out a soup and sandwich meal. And since this is December and time is at a premium, on to the recipe. I tried it twice,* first with white corn syrup since the recipe I had did not indicate, and the second time with dark. We liked the dark 25 percent better! (Both were good.)

I saw these first on Facebook and copied it from there. There are plenty of pecan bar type cookies online but I couldn’t find any links for one taking the easy way out by using canned dough.

Pecan Pie Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 can crescent rolls
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup sugar
½ cup dark* corn syrup
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten

Unroll dough into ungreased 9 x 11 pan. Pinch dough pieces together, and press ¼ inch of dough for a slight edge around the dough. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

pecanbars1What rolled out crust pinched together and baked looks like. I did better on my 2nd try.

While that bakes, mix top layer of all the remaining ingredients. When crust has baked 8 minutes, remove from oven and pour pecan/sugar etc. mixture over partially baked crust. Bake 18-20 minutes more until golden. Cool completely, about one hour. Cut into bars. If you taste them earlier, the hot sugar/syrup can easily burn your tongue.

Pecanbars2Let them cool one hour.

* I’ve made these twice. The first time I used light corn syrup, since the recipe did not indicate. They didn’t quite have the nice molasses-y flavor I like in my pecan pie. The second time I used dark. Bingo. Real molasses are too strong for me (except in certain recipes asking for them) but the dark corn syrup worked fine.



Do you have a quick and easy go-to recipe for something great and good for the Christmas season? I’d love to see links!


Whatever Happened to Dinner?

My book, Whatever Happened to Dinner has over 100 recipes including at least 9 Christmas-type goodies, such as a cheese ball, holiday punch, cranberry orange bread, Christmas morning French toast, peanut butter popcorn balls, Jodi’s best gingerbread recipe ever, magic cookie bars, snowball cookies and more.


From → Family Life, Food, Recipes

  1. How is that new cookbook coming along? Ha!
    You are creating something great here, in the the kitchen and on your blog, Melodie.

  2. Ha indeed. At some point last year, I decided I would offer a weekly recipe; as it seemed to me people (at least some) need a reason to devote time to a particular blog, when there is so much out there. So I started trying to do a recipe a week. I would like to cook through my own cookbook and share results here, but have a long way to go on that. Thanks for your faithful commenting!

  3. Cooking through a cookbook sounds a bit like Julie in the Julie & Julia movie. Melodie sounds even better!

  4. Caro-Claire Wiles permalink

    I really like pecan pie but I do not like the pecans (not allergic just don’t like nuts)
    However I do like the ooeey gooey filling, so when I have the pie, I carefully remove all the nuts and give them to my hubby and then I eat the rest!

    • Oh that’s funny that you just like the ooeey gooey stuff and thanks for telling me how to spell that! I’m sure your hubby is fine with that plan as well! I like plain pecans but not salted ones and I keep trying to figure out why I don’t like salted ones that come in mixed nuts packages. We are all funny with our tastes, right?

      • Caro-Claire Wiles permalink

        The “ooeey gooey” spelling was just a guess and I thought that as an ediotor , you would pick it up if I had the spelling wrong!? LOL

        I always tell hubby that at least I did not lick them before i pass them on to him.!

        But Yes., we do have funny tastes for sure!

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