These chocolate chip pecan bars are soft and chewy with crispy edges. With pecan pieces and chocolate chips in every bite, these tasty cookie bars are a delicious dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars
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Truthfully, it was partly because I was making these for friends and partly because I was craving a good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie. I didn’t have the right ingredients to make a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe so I played around with a few things and the end result was a chewy, sweet, nutty cookie bar.

chocolate chip pecan bars stacked

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bar Ingredients

  • Light brown sugar- You can use light or dark brown sugar but I like the color of the light brown sugar.
  • Butter- A little butter makes these cookies taste rich.
  • Vanilla extract- This helps enhance the sweetness.
  • Maple syrup- This adds additional sweetness to the cookies.
  • Egg- This helps bind the cookie bars.
  • Oats- Rolled oats add chewiness to the bars. Don’t use instant oats.
  • Flour- All purpose flour is what I used, but you can substitute for gluten free flour, if needed.
  • Baking soda- Essential for the texture and browning.
  • Salt- This enhances the flavor.
  • Pecans- Chopped pecans add a lovely texture to these bars.
  • Chocolate chips- I like semi-sweet but you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
cookie dough

Tips for Making Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

  • Be sure your butter is softened at room temperature. If you’re just taking it out on the refrigerator or freezer, microwave it on low power for 15-second intervals until softened but not melted.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer will make the mixing process easier but you can do it by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
  • Be sure to spray your pan with non-stick spray. You can also line your pan with parchment paper, if needed.
Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Substitution Ideas

  • To cut down on the fat, you can substitute 1/4 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of coconut oil for the 1/2 cup of butter.
  • You can use chopped walnuts in place of the chopped pecans if you prefer.
  • Try dark chocolate chips if you like a darker chocolate flavor.

How to Store Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Store these bars in an airtight container at room temperature. They’re best in the first couple of days but they should stay fresh for up to 4 days.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert


These chocolate chip pecan bars are soft and chewy with crispy edges. With pecan pieces and chocolate chips in every bite, these tasty cookie bars are a delicious dessert!


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) beat together the brown sugar and butter until combined.
  4. Beat in the vanilla, maple syrup, and egg, until combined.
  5. Add in the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir by hand.
  6. Once it’s well mixed, stir in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  7. Press into the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until it begins to brown.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Do you prefer cookie bars or drop cookies?