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Honey Pecan Pie Bars

Honey Pecan Pie Bars Recipe l

Since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, it’s about time that I start to think about my Thanksgiving menu.

Every year since we’ve been married, my husband and I have had our own Thanksgiving meal in addition to celebrating with family. It doesn’t always land on the actual day, but we always celebrate.

Honey Pecan Pie Bars Recipe l

I enjoy planning out a whole meal for us to prepare and enjoy together, but I’ve noticed a few problems with this plan. One of the problems that comes with having our own Thanksgiving is the fact that we can end up with a lot of leftovers.

The other problem can end up being that we eat way too much food that isn’t the greatest for us. So, this year I wanted to try and make a conscious effort to make our meal a little healthier.

Honey Pecan Pie Bars Recipe l

One of the ways in which we can make our meal healthier is to lighten up dessert. I decided to try and lighten up a Thanksgiving favorite. . .pecan pie. Instead of making a big pie, I decided to go with pie bars that are smaller.

While these honey pecan pie bars still have sugar and butter in them, you won’t find any corn syrup and the amount of butter is significantly less than your typical pecan pie. And you know what? You won’t even miss the missing corn syrup and butter.

These bars are still rich, sweet and full of nutty pecan flavor. A great way to have a little lighter dessert without anybody noticing!

Honey Pecan Pie Bars Recipe l

Honey Pecan Pie Bars

Yield: 12 - 16 pie bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

No tricky pie crust to roll out with this Honey Pecan Pie Bars recipe! Sweetened with honey instead of corn syrup, these honey pecan pie bars are the perfect, stress-free addition to your holiday dessert table!


For the Crust

  • 1/3 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup coarsely chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with an electric hand mixer), cream together butter and sugar. Add in salt and flour and beat until crumbly.
  3. Press mixture into prepared pan, and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While crust is baking, begin preparing filling by combining butter, sugar, honey, and half & half in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a simmer and allow to simmer for one minute. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla and chopped pecans.
  5. Remove crust from oven and pour filling over the top. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully (the filling will still be boiling) remove bars to a wire rack and allow bars to cool.
  7. Remove bars from pan and cut into pieces.


This recipe easily doubles for a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. Nutrition values can vary greatly based on brand used. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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This recipe is slightly adapted from Just A Taste.


Tuesday 5th of August 2014

I was wondering if the brown sugar needs to be packed.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Tuesday 5th of August 2014

No it doesn't need to be packed. Hope you like it!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Monday 11th of November 2013

Oh wow, these look so rich and delish!! I really need to use honey as an ingredient more. It's so perfect for fall baking!


Monday 11th of November 2013

Saving this for Thanksgiving--love pecan bars!


Monday 11th of November 2013

I love the idea of using honey instead of corn syrup in pecan pie! These bars are such a great alternative!!

Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

Monday 11th of November 2013

Making pecan pie bars is a great idea! I have no control when it comes to resisting desserts, so I need all the help I can get. I love that this recipe gives you the same flavor as pecan pie, but in a much more manageable size. Great idea! Definitely pinning this to try!

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