German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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Happy Friday!

Have you ever tried a dessert that you just couldn’t stop eating?  Well, for me, these bars are it!

My sister was here on the weekend and we were both craving something with chocolate and I wanted something with pecans and coconut.  That’s when we came across this recipe and knew we HAD to make it.  Thanks to Jennifer over at Bake or Break, who’s a big fan of baking with pecans too, I found this recipe on her site.

First, the recipe starts with a chocolate shortbread crust.  When you take the crust out of the oven you immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on top and let them melt.  Chocolate on top of chocolate!  Perfect!

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After the chocolate crust is cooled that’s when you add the gooey, perfect topping.  There is 3 cups of pecans in the topping so there’s no spot left bare!  At first I was worried that the topping would be too sweet but once I bit into these bars there was no going back.

You have to make these bars!  The recipe is made in a 9X13 and I think I ate half the pan myself.  Really….I did!

If you do end up making them, make sure you don’t have company coming over because, I promise you, you won’t want to share!

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Recipe slightly adapted from Bake or Break, originally from Southern Living

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

These bars are filled with gooey chocolate, pecans, and coconut. A perfect treat to have with a cup of tea or coffee.


  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 & 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spread pecans evenly on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and toast for about 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Remove pecans and let cool.
Prepare a 9X13 pan by lining it with foil (letting it hang over the edges) and lightly grease. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, icing sugar, and cocoa. Add the cold butter and combine with a pastry blender or food processor until it resembles coarse meal. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips over top crust. Allow to cool completely.
In a stand mixer, add eggs and beat lightly. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter and mix until smooth. Remove bowl and add in pecans and coconut, hand stir until combined. Pour over crust.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until edges are golden and filling is set.
Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Refrigerate for about an hour or overnight to allow bars to set.
Using the foil overhang, remove bars from pan and remove foil. You can set the bars back in the pan for storage or set on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into squares.
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  1. These look amazing!! I can’t get enough german chocolate goodies – these are the perfect thing to make on a cold snowy day like today!

  2. Chocolate, pecans and coconut is a winning combination! Your bars look delicious.

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    These are two of my grandma’s favorite desserts, combined!! I totally need to try this out for her!

  4. Oh Boy! These could be dangerous! They look beyond good:) I will be making these, soon! Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines.

  5. This looks so delicious!!!

  6. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    oh I want one of those! I love German Chocolate! Thanks for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  7. What is icing sugar?

    • Hi Julie! Icing sugar is also known as Confectioner’s Sugar. It’s powdery, ultra smooth sugar used in icings. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi Liz!
    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at last week’s Marvelous Mondays party. Carrie and I will be featuring these at tonight’s party. Enjoy your day and try to stay warm! :)


  9. OK, so these are insane. Beautiful, genius, insane. :) CAN’T WAIT to try them!!

  10. These bars look ridiculously delicious Liz! German Chocolate cake is my birthday cake flavor of choice every year and what a great combination with the pecans!

  11. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Found this on Marvelous Monday’s Link party! :) Going to pin this and try making it soon!

    • Thanks so much Lorraine! I stopped by your blog too – very cute! You really should make these – they were soooo good! Hope you have a fantastic week :)

  12. Okay sister, I just made these tonight for a work function, so long diet, had to test them and they were awesome!!!


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