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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on Karo’s original Pecan Pie Bars. They’re the perfect bar dessert for the holidays!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. They're the perfect bar dessert for the holidays!

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I have a confession. I’m a bit of a control freak – especially when it comes to holiday meals.

I have an amazing family that always offers to bring dishes to pass for Thanksgiving dinner. And I’m like, “Awesome, can you bring soda, ice and perhaps some corn?” I mean, corn is corn, right?

I’m not gonna lie, when people start asking if they can bring mashed potatoes, stuffing, or dessert, I smile, get all awkward, and tell them I have everything under control. And I totally don’t.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. Perfect for a crowd!

As weird as it may sound, I’ve always sort of thrived under pressure and sometimes I kind of enjoy it.

And let’s be real, no one is messing with my mashed potatoes, stuffing, or dessert. I make all the carbs. Even if it mean I’m up until 3:00 AM the night before Thanksgiving.

This year, I’m feeling slightly ahead of the game. I’ve already picked up our turkey and ham and have all the rest of the ingredients scheduled for delivery. Yes, I’m totally going the delivery route this year.

Although I’m one of those people that sort of loves to grocery shop (as long as it’s before 9:00 AM), I have zero love for holiday grocery shopping.

Or in-store holiday shopping in general, which our lovely UPS guy will totally attest too. Bless his heart. And back.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. They're so perfect for the holiday season!

Tis’ the season of sweetness! The time to get into the holiday spirit with decorating, gifting and, most importantly, treating the ones you love with something sweet, delicious and homemade.

Thanksgiving is just not Thanksgiving without Pecan Pie. But this year, I decided to kick it up a notch with a splash of bourbon and dark chocolate. Sounds pretty incredible, right?

And instead of pie, I’m going the bar route because I love having a pick up and enjoy option. No fork required! Which means less dishes too!

These Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars have just the right amount of sweetness and perfect texture thanks to Karo® Syrup. It creates the best texture! Smooth and gooey, and oh-so-good.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. Holiday dessert perfection!

Plus, this recipe makes a lot of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars, so there’s plenty to share with everyone you love. Which is a great thing, because my family pretty much sustains life on leftovers for a solid week after Thanksgiving.

My only leftover rule: bring your own containers.

Of course, these bars would be great at any family event, spring, summer, fall or winter. Take them along to soccer practice or a potluck for New Year’s. They’re going to be the talk of the party, I can guarantee you that.

Oh man. It’s holiday season, y’all. Who else is ready to sing while bopping around the kitchen to Bing Crosby and The Chipmunks Christmas? With a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bar in hand, of course.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. This recipe makes 48 bars, so it's perfect for the holidays!

For more delicious desserts using Karo® Syrup, be sure to check out these Mini Chocolate Pecan Cheesecakes and these Chocolate Scotcheroos.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on classic pecan pie. They're the perfect bar dessert for the holidays!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars

Yield: 48 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are a fun twist on Karo’s original Pecan Pie Bars. They’re the perfect bar dessert for the holidays!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon*
  • 2-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. For the CRUST: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, butter, powdered sugar and salt with an electric mixer until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly and evenly into a greased 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan OR a 17 x 12 x 1-inch pan.
  2. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. For the FILLING: Beat eggs, corn syrup, sugar, cinnamon, butter, vanilla and bourbon in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour over hot crust; spread evenly.
  5. Bake 25 minutes at 350°F until filling is firm around the edges and slightly firm in center. Cool completely on wire rack before serving.

Notes

  • If you are not a fan of bourbon, or don't have any on hand, you can simply omit it from the recipe.

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Chelsie

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi is this possible to make with walnuts instead of pecans? We aren't too much a pecan family ,lol. Thank you !

Jamie

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Hello! Yes, you could make this recipe with walnuts instead of pecans. Happy baking! Jamie

Nathan

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Is there a way to bake this in a 9x13?

Jamie

Monday 19th of November 2018

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe in a 9x13 pan, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Marcellina

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

I'm Australian but don't hold that against me...I love Pecan pie! But your version with bourbon and chocolate is great. After all that work i hope you use disposable plates!!

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

Ha! They're actually really simple to make! Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Natalie

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

These are insanely beautiful! Perfect for Christmas. Can't wait to try it :)

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Jennifer

Monday 20th of November 2017

I guess I'll just add this to the list of desserts to make for Thanksgiving!  These look divine!  If I make this on Wednesday - how would you store it?  Fridge or on the counter?

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

Hello, Jennifer! Sorry for the delayed response. I stored mine in the fridge, but I let them come to room temperature before serving. I hope this helps. Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

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