Holiday - Dessert

Nutcracker's Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Nutcracker’s Salted Caramel Pecan Bars are a quick and easy recipe that anyone would love to find underneath the tree.

Prep + Chill Time 4 hours 40 min Cook Time 50 min Total Time 5 hours 30 min

These nutty bunches of joy spread holiday cheer with flavorful ingredients like chopped pecans, caramel candies, light brown sugar and vanilla extract. And once you add the 2 large eggs, you’ll be giving the gift of incredible taste.


  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 18 caramel candies (individually wrapped)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large Dakota Layers eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • pinch of kosher or sea salt (to serve)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9”x13” baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the edges for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream together 3/4 cup butter and sugar. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Firmly press mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes, until edges are just starting to brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, add caramels, milk and 2 tablespoons butter. Cook until caramels are smooth and melted. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually mix in the caramel mixture, then stir in pecans. Pour filling over warm crust.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes, until filling is set. Allow to cool completely; then, refrigerate 1-4 hours.
  7. Sprinkle with flaky salt and serve. Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days.

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