These chewy toffee pecan bars are part blondie, part cookie bar, and full on ooey-gooey delicious. The buttery pecan flavor is outrageous!
toffee pecan cookie bars are the perfect fall bake
Calling all toffee, caramel, butterscotch, blondie, butter pecan dessert lovers out there, this bar delivers it ALL and more. And it’s an easy one bowl recipe ~ wahoo! Make them now and enjoy them all fall. Make them for friends, family, co-workers, and then be sure to add them to your holiday sweets assortment, they’ll fit right in (and probably be the first to go.)
simple list of ingredients for chewy toffee pecan bars
- pecans ~ start with pecan halves, they’re freshest, and we’re toasting them for really robust flavor.
- butter ~ unsalted.
- brown sugar ~ I always use light brown unless otherwise stated. You can use dark brown sugar for a deeper caramel flavor.
- eggs ~ I always use large eggs for baking.
- all purpose flour
- vanilla extract ~ you can also use half vanilla and half almond, or all almond extract if you like.
- salt ~ it’s essential in this recipe to bring out the nutty caramel flavors. If you use salted butter, don’t add any extra.
where is the toffee in these bars?
Toffee is a hard candy made by cooking butter and brown sugar to a high heat. These bars have the flavor of toffee, without any bits of candy. If you like you can add toffee chips to the batter, I like Heath brand for that. You can use plain toffee bits, or chocolate toffee in these bars. Add about a cup.
how to tell when your bars are done
It’s a little tricky! Just like brownies and blondies, these chewy bars should not be over baked, but how to tell when they’re actually done? I look first at the edges: they should be set and just barely pulling away from the sides of the pan. The center may look slightly shiny (but not wet) and undone, but that’s ok. Check with a toothpick ~ if there’s wet gooey batter on it, bake a little longer. Otherwise, pull them out, they’ll continue to set up as they cool. The slightly under done texture is what these bars are all about!
toffee pecan bars freeze well
Wrap the bars in plastic, then in foil and they’ll stay fresh for 3 months in the freezer.
can I add chocolate chips?
Go for it! Add white, milk, or dark chips (I’d choose dark.)
can I use a different nut?
Sure, use walnuts or almonds.
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Chewy Toffee Pecan Bars
- 9×13 pan
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar (plus a little more for sprinkling.)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract. Alternatively use 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract.
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350F Grease and flour your 9×13 pan, or line with parchment paper for easy removal and slicing.
- Spread the nuts out on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Let cool, then chop.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the brown sugar and melted butter until smooth.
- Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and salt.
- Fold in the flour until almost fully incorporated, then fold in half of the chopped pecans.
- Turn the batter into your baking pan and spread out evenly.
- Top the batter with the remaining chopped nuts, and an extra sprinkle of brown sugar.
- Bake for about 24 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center doesn't jiggle. The bars will look slightly underdone, and that's good. You don't want to over bake these.
- Cool on a rack before slicing into bars. Note: you can slice them into 12 or 16 pieces. I recommend the smaller size because they are rich.