Chocolate Shortbread Pecan Pie Bars


I’m about to post an unpopular opinion. 

I don’t love pie.

It just doesn’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong. I get that pie has a place in the hearts of many, I just can’t get on board.

Sssh. Don’t tell my husband.  Or daughter.

Anyways, that is one of the reasons why you don’t see a lot of pies on the blog, BUT you may find a lot of bars, cookies, or chocolate.

Speaking of bars, this is why I made these pecan pie bars. They are sweet, they have a sturdy crust, they are subtly gooey, and these particular bars have a chocolate shortbread crust. Yum!

So, let me know. Are you a pie lover? Or am I the only crazy one in this world?

Hi, I’m Jackie, Founder of Jackie Cooks and Drinks, and a BIG believer that cooking, creating and entertaining should be FUN.

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Chocolate Shortbread Crust

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 stick, 8 tbsp, unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • pinch salt


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup or golden syrup
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted + cooled butter
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Make the crust by combining the sugar, almond flour, butter, vanilla extract, cacao powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixture, mix until the dough is thoroughly combined; it will look crumbly.
  3. Place a sheet of parchment paper in an 8×8 pan and spray with non stick spray.
  4. Place the shortbread dough in the pan and using your fingers, spread it evenly.
  5. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes while you make the filling.
  6. Combine all of the filling ingredients in another bowl and stir until combined.
  7. Remove crust from the oven and pour the filling on top of the crust. 
  8. Place the bars back into the oven for 30-40 minutes until the filling is set (it won’t be super jiggly).
  9. Allow to cool and then place in the fridge until totally set; about 1-2 hours.
  10. Cut and enjoy!