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Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust (Video)

Bourbon pecan pie bars – your favourite pecan pie bite-sized! Enjoy the sweet, boozy, delicious flavours of pecan pie minus all the challenges of making one.

(Can’t get enough of pecan desserts? Try pecan pie cheesecake bars. Caramel butter pecan topping, creamy cheesecake layer, graham cracker pecan cookie base. Delicious!)

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

It’s November and the holiday baking season is in full swing. Technically however, the baking frenzy at our house started early because Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October (lots of people are surprised to know this!).

American Thanksgiving is coming up though and to celebrate with my American friends, from now until then I will share some amazing desserts that are not only delicious but also a breeze to make.

Let’s start with these bourbon pecan pie bars. The name says it all – boozy, sweet, nutty (i.e. tasting like nuts and not insane…though, can also mean insanely good)! And you can make them quicker than you can say pie.

Shortbread crust

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

The crust I used here is the same crust I used for my favourite lemon bars. It’s tender but sturdy enough to hold the filling on top. It’s also the right amount of sweetness to complement the bourbon pecan topping.

Related: Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

Scrumptious golden syrup

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

Next I used golden syrup instead of the usual corn syrup. Have you heard of it? I first tasted it when I made my treacle tart and oh my word I was hooked. It is fantastic.

I think it’s more widely known in the U.K. and not so much in North America but it is available.

It has a very distinct taste. It’s sweet but doesn’t taste like honey or maple syrup. It’s a little hard to describe suffice it to say it is good.

You can use corn syrup in this recipe but if you get the chance, grab a bottle of golden syrup you won’t regret it!

Bourbon or no bourbon?

You can also choose to leave out the bourbon here but it’s the holidays! I say go for it.

It adds to the awesomeness of every bite. It won’t be so boozy that you’d get drunk but I promise it will be yummy. 

Related: Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cream & Bourbon Salted Caramel Sauce

Bourbon pecan pie bars

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

And did I mention this is a breeze to make? Watch the video and see how easy!

You have no pie crust to worry about – no chilling, no rolling, no crimping. You can enjoy all the goodness of pecan pie without all the hassle. 

So this Thanksgiving, serve some bourbon pecan pie bars and spend more time with your guests instead of in the kitchen!

Pecan Bars Recipe

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust

Author: Jolina
Bourbon pecan pie bars – your favourite pecan pie bite-sized! Enjoy the sweet, boozy, delicious flavours of pecan pie minus all the challenges of making one.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 40 squares
Calories 152 kcal


For the Shortbread Crust:

For the Bourbon Pecan Pie Topping:


For the Shortbread Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper with a slight overhang on each side. Set aside.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal. Do not over beat. You’ll know you’re done when no big chunks of butter remain.
  • Press evenly and firmly onto the bottom of your pan (make sure the crust is packed tightly and evenly so you won’t have to deal with a possible seeping situation later).
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges start turning a light golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven while you work on your filling. Do not turn oven off.

For the Bourbon Pecan Pie Topping:

  • Put all ingredients in a large bowl except the pecans. Stir until thoroughly combined. Add the pecans and stir.
  • Transfer onto your prepared crust and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted close to the edge comes out with minimal dry crumbs. Cool in the pan before slicing into bars.



  1. The yield depends on how big you slice the bars. These are very rich so a little goes a long way. We’ve found slicing them into 40 squares results to perfect bite-size pieces but you can slice them bigger if you like.
  2. In the ingredient list above, I put 2 cups of pecans but feel free to add more. I usually use between 2 and 2 1/2 cups of nuts to cover my whole pan.
  3. We store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge. It is absolutely delightful chilled!


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 74mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, Fall, Holiday Baking, Thanksgiving
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!


Happy baking!

Did you make pecan bars? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Here are easy pies and tarts you can add to your Thanksgiving spread:

  • Treacle tart Harry Potter’s all-time favourite dessert! And for good reason. Fresh bread crumbs, delightful golden syrup, the slightest hint of lemon, buttery crust. Delicious!
  • Eggless key lime pie with a crunchy cookie crust and melt-in-your-mouth filling. The best and the only key lime pie recipe you’ll ever need.
  • No-bake raspberry white chocolate tart – chocolate cookie crust, white chocolate mascarpone filling, fresh raspberry topping, so good!
  • Easy Meyer lemon pie with condensed milk – perfectly sweet and tangy, luxuriously smooth and silky.
Rate the Recipe

Rebecca Kwan

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Hi, I was wondering if these can be made ahead, say on Tuesday night for Thanksgiving, if I transport them in a cooler?


Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi Rebecca, you can certainly bake these ahead. Just keep in the fridge and bring them out when ready to serve. We don't bother with a cooler when we're transporting this (usually just a 30 minute drive to my in-laws though). They're delicious at room temp.

Holly Cadwalader

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Just made 2 batches of these tonight and they are amazing! I don't think i'll go back to regular pecan pie ever!


Thursday 28th of November 2019

Glad you liked them Holly! They're gooood aren't they? :) Happy thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

We have a tin of golden syrup wasting away in the cupboard so when I saw this I knew I had to make it. No bourbon, added more vanilla. It was amazing. We simply can't get enough. Thank you for the recipe. I see you love golden syrup too I'm going to try your other recipes as well. Have a good day.


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Glad you liked them Amanda! A good tin of golden syrup must never stay ignored in the cupboard too long lol :) Have a great day yourself!


Sunday 13th of October 2019

I just love golden syrup so I knew I had to make these! THEY WERE SO GOOD! I planned to take some to a friends house, but there wasn't enough left! I'm going to make these for our cookie exchange this year!


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Yay! :) They are pretty popular here too. Everyone loves them. Golden syrup is just so goooood.


Friday 11th of October 2019

Hi Jolina, I'm Canadian too and buy golden syrup at our local sobey's. I've been making your pecan bars for a while now and they're become my "thing" at family gatherings which is funnny because I'm not known as the baker. Another batch is in the oven for our friendsgiving. Thank you Jolina and a happy thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Hello Lala! You are most welcome and hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving :)