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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Texas Style Pecan Bars

Texas Style Pecan Bars are enhanced with a bit of cinnamon and cayenne.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24
Author Cookie Madness



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper fresh for more heat
  • 1.2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups good quality chocolate chunks
  • 1 3/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 inch metal pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar and salt together thoroughly. Add softened butter and mix until uniformly crumbly; press evenly into pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  • While crust bakes, using the same mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, eggs, salt, 2 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla, cayenne and cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts.
  • Pour evenly over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely, then chill thoroughly before lifting from pan and slicing.