A short-bread like cookie base + the YUMMIEST pecan filling makes for an out of this world gluten-free treat! Perfect anytime but especially around the holidays. Plus they are dairy-free optional, corn syrup-free and super EASY to make!
Gluten-Free Pecan Bars
Perfecly balanced, drool worthy and a total crowd pleaser!
Fall 2020: Just made our first batch of the season and these are too good! A personal favorite!
And now you can watch a cooking video on this page to see how easy they are to make.
Hope you love them too!
Update April 2020: Late last night I saw that April 14th was National Pecan Day and I immediately thought of these bars!
I haven’t made them since the holidays and normally wouldn’t think to make them in April, but they’re made with just 9 ingredients I have in my pantry, and they’re sooooo good, so why not?
Who’s joining me and making a batch?
These New Gluten-Free Pecan Bars are out of this world!
A shortbread-like cookie base topped with the yummiest pecan filling, my taste testers have been going crazy for them!
I made these new this year as an alternative to our pecan pie at Thanksgiving.
We have so many pies are our Thanksgiving and everyone wants to sample them all but not an entire slice if you know what I mean…
So these pecan bars are a perfect way to enjoy just a taste of your pecan pie!
The recipe combines our favorite shortbread cookie base from our Raspberry Crumble Bars with a filling based on crowd-pleasing Pecan Pie to make a real win!
Not only are they super tasty but in a bar form (rather than pie), they are so versatile— equally perfect on a holiday table, weekend party, game day dessert or as anytime treat!
The cookie base has a nice buttery flavor and perfect texture that provides just enough cookie to balance the jammy pecan filling…. and the filling is perfectly caramelized with just the right amount of sweet being balanced the crunch of the pecans.
So, so yummy!
And they are super easy to make!
They are made with 9 real, whole food ingredients, ones you probably have in your pantry with the exception of maybe the pecans.
Let’s start with the shortbread cookie base.
It’s just 4 ingredients and comes together quickly.
gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules, affiliate link)
butter or dairy free butter.
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Back to the gluten-free Pecan Bars…
This is one of those baking instances where order of operations matters…. mix the dry ingredients, then mix in the butter 1 piece at a time. Mix well and a dough will form.
Press into a pan and bake for 15 minutes.
While it bakes for just 15 minutes, you mix together the pecan filling.
As I mentioned, the filling is based on our amazing pecan pie, recipe from the Wayside Inn.
It’s just 6 ingredients and no corn syrup! (still 9 ingredients from your pantry because butter or dairy free butter is used in both the cookie base and the filling)
You’ll need eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract, a touch of butter and lots of pecans.
And it comes together quickly.
You first beat the eggs until they’re well combined, then add int the maple syrup and brown sugar and beat until the mix is a little frothy.
Add in the vanilla, butter and pecans and you are set!
Pour over the baked cookie base and top with a few whole or crush pecans and bake!
You could top it with extra crushed pecans, like the photo on the left or with whole pecans, like the photo on the right.
I’ve done both and both taste the same. It’s just a matter of preference.
And since you’re going to want to make these more than once, you can switch it up!
Just let the bars cool, slice into square and enjoy!
These bars are a fan favorite getting rave reviews from everyone, which makes them perfect dessert for a entertaining or any time!
Hope you love them as much as we do!
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Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...