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Dark Chocolate Pecan Bars


Decadent dark chocolate pecan bars with a chocolate shortbread crust. Plan to make these at least a day in advance because the bars need to rest overnight before you slice them.



For the Crust

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened

For the Filling

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups pecans, roughly chopped


How to Make the Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with tin foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and confectioner’s sugar. Add the butter and cut it in using a pastry blender or your hands. Work the butter in until the mix has the consistency of sand. Be patient, it will take at least five minutes or so.
  3. Pour the crust mix into the baking pan and press it to make an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust for 18-20 minutes.

How to Make the Filling

  1. While the crust is baking prepare the filling. First, place the chocolate in a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and melt the chocolate in 30-second increments stopping to stir until the chocolate is melted.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, flour and eggs and then stir in the melted chocolate. Add the pecans and stir until just combined. Pour the filling over the top of the hot crust in the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the middle is set and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Cool the bars in the pan and then cover it with plastic wrap overnight. Slice into bars the next day.
  4. Let the bars set overnight. The next day uncover and slice into bars.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 277
  • Sugar: 22.9g
  • Sodium: 15.3mg
  • Fat: 15.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 46.7mg

Keywords: dark chocolate pecan bars, chocolate dessert bars