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Pecan Pie Surprise Bars Recipe

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Reserve 2/3 cup of the cake mix and set aside. In a large bowl combine the remaining cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg. Mix until crumbly then press mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, until light golden brown.
  4. Combine the reserved 2/3 cup cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs. Beat at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour filling over the baked crust and sprinkle with pecans.
  5. Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool and cut into 36 bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 04, 2007

This is my husband's Grandma's recipe. She won the Pillsbury Bake Off in 1971 with this recipe and flew all of her kids to Hawaii (she and Grandpa were already there for the finals). She died in 1999 but would be tickled pink to know that so many are still enjoying the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 11, 2009

The measurements are ALL wrong. The cake batter ratios are completely off. Might be good if revised, but this should not remain posted as is.

Aug 29, 2002

Superb recipe !!! My husband's favorite pie is pecan pie, and he is also a "cookie monster". So, this recipe fills the bill twice. Very rich but absolutely delicious! Easy to make, too. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

Aug 25, 2007

This is almost the exact same recipe as the pillsbury bake off winner recipe except that recipe calls for 1/3 cup softened butter. It is good but like pecan pie is sweet. I agree more pecans would be good. Maybe as much as 2 cups. But they are tasty and easy.

Apr 03, 2006

These bars were pretty yummy. Why were so many confused? Save out 2/3 CUP of cake mix; not 2/3 of the box. Soften the butter and you should get a ball of dough you can press into the pan with a spatula. I recommend baking the "crust" as long as you can and let it cool before pouring on the filling.Also, I'd use more than 1 cup of pecans. tasty!

Nov 25, 2006

The only variation I made in the ingredients was to use a full 6 oz bag of pecan pieces, equal to 1 and 1/3 cup, as suggested by previous bakers. I baked the bottom layer for 17 minutes and it was quite brown around the edges. The next stage, the filling was bubbling quickly, so I decreased the temp to 325 and increased the cooking time a few minutes because it was still jiggly at the 35 minute point. After cooling, I ended up cutting all the edges off because they were so hard and brown.

Dec 14, 2009

Excellent! Will make these again. They must set and cool before cutting. After cooling the center has set and the bars keep there shape yet are still nice and moist on the inside. I did a 24 cut and with that cut it serves 24 as well. As rich as these are you only need one!

Aug 14, 2003

Wonderful!!! I didn't have dark corn syrup so I used light and everyone loved it!


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  • Calories
  • 329 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.6 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 285 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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