Heavenly Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Joan

Heavenly Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Joan

All the delicious nutty flavor you love from a gooey pecan pie, only in bar form… and with chocolate. What’s not to love? These Heavenly Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Joan, are everything!

Pecan Pie Bars with Chocolate

The recipe I’m sharing today for Chocolate Pecan Pies Bars is from fellow food blogger friend, Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More, who sadly died unexpectedly only a few short months ago. To say that the food blogging world was knocked off its axis into a world of shock and disbelief, is an understatement.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Today, September 24th, the day I’m posting this recipe for Joan’s Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars would have been her birthday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to know Joan very well, but what I do know, I respect. Joan was a very kind and giving woman, and mom, who was taken from this world, and her family, far too soon.

Pecan Pie Bars with Chocolate

Joan’s blog Chocolate, Chocolate, and More is a site that had (and still has) a huge number of readers and followers thanks to Joan’s many close blogger friends who keep her blog, and her memory, alive. It’s a true testament to Joan’s character and a statement from her friends that they will do whatever they can to honor her memory, and help to raise money through Joan’s livelihood (her blog) to help care for Joan’s children. 

If you’ve never been to Joan’s blog, I urge you to go, look around, and make it one of your favorites. I trust it will be a place where you’ll find hundreds of mouthwatering, and easy to recreate recipes, and where you’ll get a feel for who Joan was, and why she was so special to so many.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

I have some easy step-by-step photos for you that will help you make Joan’s Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. Ready to bake? Let’s GO!

In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour and brown sugar with your hands to combine. Cube one stick of cold butter.

Making Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Add the butter pieces to the flour and sugar mixture. Use your fingers to squeeze the butter through the dry mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Making Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Crust

Add the crumb mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the dish. Bake the crust in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside. While the crust bakes, add eggs, granulated sugar, light corn syrup salt, pure vanilla extract to a medium bowl.

Making Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Whisk the ingredients together, and then add melted butter that has been cooled to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Stir pecan halves into the sugar and egg mixture and pour the pecan mixure over the prepared, partially baked crust.

Heavenly Chocolate Pecan Pie bars

Tilt the pan back and forth to evenly distribute the sugar and egg mixture over the entire surface of the crust and rearrange the pecans so they evenly cover the crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and cover the dish with foil and bake the bars in a preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil from the pan and continue baking the bars for an additional 25-30 minutes. Cool, cut into bars and serve.

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Heavenly Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 12-15 bars
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • For the filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
  • 1½ cup pecan halves
  • 1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. To make the crust:
  4. Stir together the flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
  5. Add the cubed butter.
  6. Mix and squeeze the butter with the flour and sugar mixture until coarse crumbs form.
  7. Press the coarse crumbs evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove and cool.
  9. To make the filling:
  10. While the crust is baking whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
  11. Whisk the cooled melted butter into the egg and sugar mixture, and stir in the pecans.
  12. Pour the filling mixture over the crust mixture and tilt the pan back and forth to evenly distribute the filling liquid evenly over the entire crust.
  13. Manually distribute the pecans evenly over the entire crust and then sprinkle the chocolate chips over top.
  14. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  15. Remove the dish from the oven, uncover, and return the dish to the oven to continue baking for an additional 30 minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven, cool completely and cut the into bars for serving.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

There are several other food bloggers who are coming together in honor of Joan’s 50th birthday by baking something yummy from Joan’s blog. Here is the complete list of bloggers, blogs and recipes they’ll be sharing from Chocolate, Chocolate and More:

Anita from Hungry Couple is making Joan’s Ding Dong Cake.

Coleen from The Redhead Baker is making Joan’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Carrie From Frugal Foodie Mama is making Joan’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Bars.

Lauren from Art and the Kitchen is making Joan’s Mocha Fudge Cake.

Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen is doing a tribute to Joan.

Christi from Love from the Oven is making Joan’s Magic Turtle Bars.

Erin from Texanerin Baking is making Joan’s  Double Chocolate Fudge Tart

Lynne of 365 Days of Baking and More is making Joan’s Chocolate Overloaded Brownies.

Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food is making Joan’s Coconut Pecan No-Bake Chocolate Bars.

Swathi from Zesty South Indian Kitchen is making Joan’s Chocolate Chip Brownies

Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt is making Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars.

Jenni of Pastry Chef Online is making Joan’s Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars.

Nancy of The Bitter Side of Sweet is making Joan’s Lunch Lady Brownies.

Amanda of A Cookie Named Desire is making Joan’s Caramel Apple Cookies.

Brianne of Cupcakes and Kale Chips is making Joan’s Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake

Hayley of The Domestic Rebel is making Joan’s No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie

Lauren of Lauren Kelly Nutrition is making Joan’s Pumpkin Pie Spiced White Hot Chocolate

That’s a whole lot of goodness, don’t you think? As we all know, food brings the world together! So let’s celebrate delicious food, and, in particular, delicious desserts. Thanks for the recipes, Joan! 

It’s only fitting that I coordinate her recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with these fun and whimsical Chocolate Lovers martini and wine glasses which state around the bowl and base of each glass…”Chocolate is the answer…The question is irrelevant!”  True that, and I think Joan would approve!

Hand Painted Chocolate Lovers Wine Glass and Martini Glass

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from glassware and ceramic tiles, to fabrics (aprons, tea towels and book bags), please don’t hesitate to email me:  info@kudoskitchenbyrenee.com   or visit one of my shops on Etsy and Wazala. Custom special orders are always welcome and I will happily paint and design from any photo, idea or description you send my way.

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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18 Comments

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  2. Such a great recipe and a lovely tribute to Joan <3

  3. How kind of all of you to remember Joan on her special birthday! I think she would love your bars. These would be great to make instead of (or along with!) pecan pie for Thanksgiving, Renee!!

  4. Yum! What a great dessert!

  5. Mmm pecan pie in bar form. Does it get much better than that?!

  6. Yes, please!! These look absolutely amazing!! I can’t wait to try them!!

  7. Don’t forget me, I made Joan’s Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate 🙂 What a beautiful tribute to Joan. She is terribly missed.

  8. These would not be safe at my house. Miss Joan so much.

  9. Pecan pie is one of my faves and I love the idea of having it in bar form.

  10. I made this recipe of Joan’s last year, it’s so hard to believe she’s been gone almost a year already! Such a great recipe

  11. This is not the first post I’ve seen today dedicated to Joan.. I have learned two things today, Joan was a heck of a woman and Joan was a heck of a cook! All of her recipes I’ve seen look so fabulous.

  12. You’re speaking my language with this recipe. Love pecan pie, love chocolate. Love the whole thing!

  13. Beautiful tribute to Joan and yes, those bars sound heavenly indeed!

  14. Great tribute to Joan, these bars look outstanding.

  15. I think I read somewhere that pecans were one of Joan’s favorites. So these pecan + chocolate bars are a great choice! I didn’t know her well, either, but wish I had gotten the chance. 🙁

  16. Angie | Big Bears Wife

    Such the perfect recipe for Joan (from Joan) <3 I know she's totally smiling down on these beauties!