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

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

They came out quite good. So good that I made them twice in the same week. Oops. But sometimes you just need a real dessert. Am I right?

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.
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Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

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

Description

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!


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer, whatever you have) beat together to 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.

Keywords: Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

I’d recommend having a place to take these though because my goodness they’re tempting. I’ve got some singing their little siren song from my counter right now… 

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Do you prefer cookie bars or drop cookies?