These pecan pie cookie bars are amazing! A nice thick chocolate cookie layer, topped with a gooey, sugary, caramel pecan topping and a special treat – M&M’s® Pecan Pie candies! When ever there’s a seasonal flavor, like the M&M’s® Pecan Pie, I need to make a tasty recipe with them. Last year I made Fall Harvest Apple Pecan Cookies, this year I’m making chocolate pecan pie bars and praline pecan cookies! #SweetSquad
Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars
These pecan pie cookie bars are made in two steps, the first step is making the cookie bar crust. Then we’ll make the pecan pie topping. This is perfect for when you don’t have time to make a whole pecan pie, but want to experience the pecan flavor of fall, and even right into the holidays (stock up on M&M’s® Pecan Pie before they’re gone!).
Let’s gather our ingredients and get going on this chocolate pecan pie cookie bars. First, we’ll need our chocolate sandwich cookies, butter, sugar, pecan halves and of course M&M’s® Pecan Pie candies. Get the complete instructions below the tutorial and photos.
Pecan Pie Chocolate Cookie Crust
For the crust, crush sandwich cookies finely with a rolling pin or crushing them with your hands in a large plastic bag. To speed up the process, use a food processor if you wish. I like using good old fashioned human power though – it’s funner! Combine sandwich cookies and melted butter together using a large spoon — stir well.
Prepare a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray. Press the cookie mixture into the pan. Pack it into the pan very tightly.
Tip: Lightly coat your hand in cooking spray, then pack the crust down tightly. The cooking spray will prevent your hand from sticking to the crust mixture.
Once you have the cookie mixture in the pan, you can move on to the pecan pie topping.
Pecan Pie Cookie Bar Topping
Stir together pecans, sugar and butter in a large sauce pan. Boil over medium-high heat. Then boil for 3 minutes as instructed in the recipe card.
Pour the mixture over the cookie bar crust, spreading the mixture and pecan halves around evenly.
Top with M&M’s® Pecan Pie candies and crushed pretzels.
Immediately bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Cool, cut and serve!
Pecan Pie Cookie Bar Recipe
Like I said, these chocolate pecan cookie bars are super easy to make and wicked delicious. They’re prefect for serving at nearly any holiday party, fall or winter. Or, if you’re a pecan nut like me, pun intended, you can make these any time of year for a delicious treat!
Check out these praline pecan cookies!