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Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 40 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 36
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Enjoy these crunchy bars packed with pecans – a delightful dessert!
Updated Aug 9, 2023
Bake-Off® Contest 22, 1971
Pearl Hall
Snohomish, Washington
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  • 1 pkg. Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme™ Yellow or Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg


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


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan. Reserve 2/3 cup of the dry cake mix for filling. In large bowl, combine remaining dry cake mix, margarine and 1 egg; beat at low speed until well blended. Press in bottom of greased pan. Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine reserved 2/3 cup dry cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 1 minute at medium speed or until well blended.
  • 3
    Remove pan from oven. Pour filling mixture over warm base. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • 4
    Return to oven; bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set. Cool 1 1/2 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

160 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 26g Total Carbohydrate, 13g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Nearly everyone we know is crazy for dessert.

    In fact, elaborate dessert table displays are all the rage now and show no signs of slowing down. One way you can bring that into your own home for entertaining is by hosting a dessert party, pot-luck-style!

    The idea is to have each of your guests bring a favorite dessert dish, and then everyone gets to sample a bit of everything. You may want to add a retro or vintage twist to it and have everyone bring a dessert recipe that has been passed down in the family or reminds them of their childhood. Here are a few tips to help get you started.

    Think about Different Flavors, Textures, Etc.

    The most interesting dessert party should have a variety of flavors and selections to choose from. We love the idea of choosing between cakes, pies, bars and cookies, as well as some of the more modern treats like cake pops, mini parfaits served in shot glasses, or homemade whoopie pies. Here is one of my favorite dessert recipes from Tablespoon that would make a great addition to your table: Pecan Pie Surprise Bars — the bar that tastes like a pie! Or if you really want to wow your guests, try a recipe from Tablespoon's Five Star Dessert Recipes Collection.

    By having several types of items, the tastebuds will be excited with every new bite. Variety is the spice of life, and it certainly makes for a tastier sweets table.

    Provide a Neutralizer

    For those guests whose sweet palate is satisfied with just a few bites, offer them some simple dishes that will complement the theme of the night. Cheese and fruit are fantastic alternatives. You could provide fruit and cheese pairings, cream cheese with pepper jelly poured over the top, or baked brie with honey and almonds drizzled over. This way your guests can still take part in the tasting without getting sugar overload.

    Accompaniments and Supplies

    As the host for the evening, you will need to provide all of the basic tools your guests will need, as well as drinks. Red wine and chocolate are a classic pairing, as is champagne with almost anything. Coffee is another must-have for many guests, whether decaf or full-strength. Don’t forget milk as a classic thirst quencher when it comes to sweets. Serve up cold milk in shot glasses for a pretty presentation, and pass them on a tray.

    Depending on the types of desserts you have, you may need small plates as well as bowls, forks and spoons, and plenty of napkins. Have place cards handy for each guest to fill out when they arrive. They can list what the dessert is, who it’s from, and whether it is a family recipe or a specialty item. You may want to ask your guests to bring recipe cards to share also. Small takeout boxes are a great thing to have on hand so guests can take home some of their favorite treats of the night.

    Hosting a pot-luck dessert party can be fun, economical, and stress-free. With the tips provided and a few friends, you will be on your way to one “sweet” party!

    Super Awesome Sweet Treats!

    Here's a few more sweet picks for your party:

    Pecan Pie Surprise Bars (Featured below)
    So-Easy Lemon Bars
    Choose-A-Fruit Mini Pies
    Peach Pie In a Jar
    Chocolate Truffle Cake Pops

    Have a favorite party sweet treat to share? Please do!
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