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Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

"Here's your pecan pie and cookie too!"
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servings 329 cals
Original recipe yields 18 servings (3 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 329 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 50.6g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 285 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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  1. 53 Ratings

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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 f...

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 wou...

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 ...

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 ...

These came out very good!! If you have problems patting the crust into your pan, just wet your fingers, and it will go down very easy!! I followed the recipe exactly other then mixing all the ...

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 ...

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

Don't forget the whipped cream or ice cream to top this off - then it's not so rich. This was our absolute favorite when we were kids - exactly this recipe (by Glenda). Dad loved it too... I'...