Pecan Pie Surprise Bars: A Sweet Way to Get Easter Dessert Raves! by Kathy Widenhouse

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5 years ago
Pecan Pie Surprise Bars: A Sweet Way to Get Easter Dessert Raves!

Pecan pie surprise bars taste just like pecan pie, but are a lot easier to make. The bars are portable, making it easy to cart the dessert to Grandma’s for holiday dinner. This recipe is not only a winner when it comes to simplicity, but also in nationwide popularity. It won the Grand Prize in the iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Want to make them even more decadent? Add in some chocolate chips!

You'll need:

  • 1 package (16 - 18 ounces) yellow cake mix, such as Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® classic yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg


  • reserved 2/3 cup dry cake mix
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Here's how you make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan with vegetable spray.
  2. Measure and reserve 2/3 cup of the dry cake mix to use for the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, mix together the remaining dry cake mix, butter and egg until well blended. Press the base mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the cookie base for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, beat together the reserved 2/3 cup dry cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and 3 eggs until ingredients are combined and well moistened. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat the filling mixture for 1 minute.
  6. Pour the filling mixture over the warm cookie base. Sprinkle pecans evenly over the surface of the filling.
  7. Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes longer or until filling is set. Remove bars from the oven. Allow bars to cool completely on a wire rack, about 45 minutes, then cut into bars.

Store bars in an airtight container, with waxed paper in between layers, in the refrigerator. Read more about this recipe here!

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