Pecan Chewies are delicious, easy to make, chewy cookie bars that are always a crowd pleaser and one of my most popular recipes here at Southern Bite.
I know you hear me say this often but for real this time… these Pecan Chewies are seriously one of my most favorite desserts. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this was one of the first things Heather ever made for me when we were dating, but either way there is no denying the amazing flavor and popularity of this recipe.
And, don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you! Pecan Chewies pack a punch of savoriness with hints of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee flavors. Similar to blondies, these bars can be easily thrown together – just dump, stir, bake, and you are good to go!
If you are ever in need of a recipe that is sure to wow the crowd but does not take up much time, Pecan Chewies are the way to go. Not only will everyone be asking for the recipe, but they will also think you slaved for hours in the kitchen. And let them! Your secret is safe with me.
What are Pecan Chewies?
Pecan Chewies are a traditional southern treat filled with pecans and hints of caramel, butterscotch, and toffee flavors. These chewy bars are much like blondies, and feature simple ingredients of flour, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and chopped pecans. Whether you are a pecan lover or not, you can trust that Pecan Chewies will be a hit at your weekend potluck, family gathering, or office party.
Can I use all-purpose flour?
I love the convenience of self-rising flour, but realize it’s not something everyone always keeps on hand. If that’s the case, you can use all-purpose flour and simply add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to every cup of all-purpose flour to get the same affects of self-rising flour. Be sure to mix these three ingredients together in a separate bowl before adding it to the mixture.
Butter – Use melted butter, specifically unsalted – but salted will work in a pinch.
Sugar – Simple plain white granulated sugar.
Brown Sugar – I prefer light brown sugar, but dark brown will do. This gives the chewies their signature flavor and chewy texture, so be sure to firmly pack it into your measure cup to get the right measurement. No skimping on the sugar around here!
Eggs – Whisk together two large eggs at room temperature before adding into your mixture.
Self-Rising Flour – You will need self-rising flour for this recipe. Don’t have any around? No worries! You can also use all-purpose flour by following the instructions I detailed earlier in this post.
Pecans – Go ahead and buy pecan pieces to save yourself a step. And bonus… they’re less expensive! You can also use other nuts like walnuts. Or, you can be a real rebel and leave out the nuts entirely!
Vanilla – Be sure to get some vanilla extract. Any brand or even off-brand will do the trick.
Variations and Additions
Other bars you could try – I have several recipes for dessert bars that you are sure to love if you enjoy these Pecan Chewies.
> Apple Pecan Chewies
> Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
> Chocolate Chip Butter Bars
> Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
> Oreo Chewies
Add in your favorite baking chips – Chocolate or butterscotch chips would make excellent additions to these Pecan Chewies. You could even add in Health toffee bits. Yum!
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, well beaten
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or flavoring
- Preheat the oven to 300°F and lightly spray a 13×9-inch light colored metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Melt butter, add sugars, and blend well by hand. Add beaten eggs, stir well. Add flour and stir until all lumps are gone. Add pecans and vanilla and mix to combine. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake approximately 40 to 50 minutes being cautious not to overcook. They will still be slightly jiggly in the middle.
- Allow to cool completely before slicing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.