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Classic Pecan Pie Bars(No Corn Syrup)

These Classic Pecan Pie Bars(no corn syrup) are an amazing dessert that can be made whenever you crave something delicious. Adding Butter-Scotch morsels and the English Toffee Bits makes these bars super delicious and decadent.

Classic Pecan Pie Bars

Classic Pecan Pie Bars (No Corn Syrup)

I have been craving some Pecan Bars for a long time now, but most recipes I saw used corn syrup and/or yellow cake mix bought from the store. 

As I am not baking with corn syrup or cake mix by default, I was kind of disappointed that I might not be able to make pecan bars ever. 

However, a few days ago, I was going through my computer to clean out some of the older pictures (I have thousands of them) when I found this intriguing picture of a recipe I took some years ago: Pecan Pie Bars.

I think this recipe comes from an old cooking book from the ’60s, and I am sure many of you out there probably recognize it. 

I was not really blogging then, but I remember taking a picture of the recipe because I was sure I would make it one day.

I was always fascinated by old cooking books. I wanted to know what America cooked and baked when they did not have yellow cake mix and corn syrup.

What did they eat before 1950, when everything started to be mass-produced and food became more and more processed?

My blog started with this passion for making food from scratch, using ingredients your body knows what to do with them.

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I grew up with real food and am old enough to remember eating in season. I also remember the women in my family baking with natural ingredients from scratch.

I truly wanted to bring back to my readers a glimpse of my childhood and how I used to eat while growing up.

These classic pecan pie bars fit my agenda perfectly, so I was thrilled to find them.

How to make these classic pecan pie bars:

Step 1.

Gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350F. If you use a glass dish, the recipe tells you to preheat the oven to 325F instead. (pretty clever, right?) 

Step 2.

Make the crust. You can choose to make it in a food processor, which takes only a few seconds.

Place the flour, powdered sugar, and cold butter in the food processor and pulse a few times until you get a mixture that resembles coarse cornmeal.

OR, you can do this in a mixing bowl using your hands or a pastry tool.

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Step 3. 

Place the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan and press it firmly on the bottom of the pan to create a smooth surface.

crust for the pecan bars

Bake for about 15 minutes.

While the crust is partially baking, make the filling.

Step 4. 

This is an easy process, as you just have to mix the condensed milk, egg, and vanilla and add the butterscotch morsels, the English Toffee Bits, and the pecans. 

Step 5.

When the crust is baked, spread the filling over and return the pan to the oven for another 25 minutes.

Cool the pan completely before you cut the bars. You should have about 36 bars.

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As you can see, there is not much to explain about this recipe because it is straightforward to put together. However, there are a few questions you might have.

Do I need to use cold butter?

Yes. To get a delicious flaky crust, you need to use very but very cold butter.

If you do not have a food processor or a pastry tool, work the dough with your hands really fast, and don’t let your palms warm up the butter too much. 

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I only have salted butter. Can I use it?

If you are going to do a lot of baking, it is best to keep unsalted butter on hand. I never bake with salted butter because I like to control the salt in my recipes.

This recipe doesn’t require salt; therefore, I would say no, you need to use unsalted butter for the crust.

However, if you are in the middle of the jungle(just kidding) and the ONLY butter available is salty, then, yes, go ahead and use what you have.

You really want these bars.

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I don’t like pecans, or I have an allergy to pecans. What other nuts can I use?

Well, you should not be on this page reading about classic pecan pie bars if you are allergic to pecans or you don’t like them.

However, if you cannot buy them, you don’t like them, or you live in a different country, for example, where pecans are not very popular, you could replace them with walnuts. 

I do not have butterscotch morsels or English toffee bits. Also, they are not available where I live. What do I do?

I hear you. I don’t buy those often unless I want them for a particular recipe, and sometimes they are unavailable.

If you do not have access to them, or for some reason, you don’t like them, make the bars without them. You just need to replace the chips and the toffee bits with more nuts.

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Do I need to refrigerate the bars?

Yes, it would be best if you refrigerate them.

Can I freeze these bars?

Yes, you can. Please make sure they are in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before you stick your teeth into them. 🙂

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Happy baking these fantastic pecan pie bars! Enjoy!

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Classic Pecan Pie Bars(No Corn Syrup)

Classic Pecan Pie Bars are delicious bars that do not use corn syrup as a main ingredient. Easy to make and perfect for holidays, potlucks, parties or anything else in between.
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Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic pecan pie bars(no corn syrup), easy pecan bars, pecan bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 36 bars
Calories: 173kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter (2 butter sticks), cut into small pieces
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk , one can
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces English Toffee Baking Bits
  • ½ cup butter-scotch morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.(325F/160C- if you use a glass dish)
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse corn meal.(you can also do the same in a food processor, by pulsing the ingredients few times).
  • Press the crust firmly on the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, beat condensed milk, egg and vanilla.
  • Stir in chips and pecans.
  • Spread evenly over prepared crust.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Chill thoroughly.
  • Cut into bars and store covered in refrigerator.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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