Pecan Butter Millionaire Bars

These pecan butter millionaire bars have 3 layers: shortbread, caramelized maple pecans, and chocolate! This easy vegan dessert recipe couldn’t be tastier.

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This Pecan Butter Millionaire Bars recipe was created in partnership with the American Pecan Council. All opinions are our own. 

Ever had Millionaire bars? Sometimes called Millionaire’s shortbread, they’re a layered bar of shortbread, caramel, and chocolate, similar to the Twix candy. But this cookie originates from the British Isles and it’s a delicious homemade treat. For our rendition of this famous bar, we’ve transformed it into an easy vegan dessert and replaced the caramel layer with pecan butter. The reason we’re highlighting pecans? It’s been a tough year for the pecan industry, which has been plagued with tariffs and devastating hurricanes and floods. To help out our pecan growers and make a delicious treat for the holidays, we created these delicious pecan butter millionaire bars. Our friends have been literally begging for the recipe! Keep reading for more.

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Why bake with pecans?

This year, American pecan farmers are asking you to pledge to make one more pecan dish this holiday season – beyond the pecan pie! They’ve launched the Super American Pecan-a-thon and are asking people to #PledgePecans – to make one more recipe with pecans in the spirit of supporting the farms and families that harvest pecans in America. To pledge, simply watch the Pecan-a-thon (an online variety show starring pecan growers), or click / download a recipe. This holiday is the perfect time to take advantage of exploring all the nutritious, delicious and versatile possibilities of cooking with pecans.

Will you #PledgePecans this holiday season? All you’ve got to do is make this pecan butter millionaire bars recipe—or another recipe at AmericanPecan.com/PledgePecans! These pecan butter millionaire bars are perfect for Thanksgiving as an alternative to pecan pie, as a Christmas cookie, and as a sophisticated New Year’s Eve recipe.

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Pecan butter millionaire bars | caramelized pecans | maple pecan shortbread millionaire bars | maple pecan bars | easy vegan dessert recipes

Pecan butter millionaire bars | caramelized pecans | maple pecan shortbread millionaire bars | maple pecan bars | easy vegan dessert recipes

How to make pecan butter millionaire bars

The origin of the name millionaire bars is hard to prove: most sources claim it’s because of the rich ingredients inside! For this version, we’ve transformed these millionaire bars into an easy vegan dessert recipe that’s a bit lighter than the original. And the best part is that instead of a caramel layer, it’s got caramelized pecans. This maple pecan butter filling is so tasty, and much more nutrient dense than the typical caramel layer. It makes for a sort of maple pecan bars that’s a cross with shortbread millionaire bars. Whatever the case, it’s an incredibly crowd pleasing dessert.

A few tips for these pecan butter millionaire bars. Making the caramelized pecan butter requires a food processor, so make sure you have one handy. It takes about 7 to 10 minutes for the pecan butter to become creamy, so just keep processing! For the shortbread crust for these maple pecan bars, it does take a while to press it into the pan. Just keep pressing until it fills the entire bottom: we used a shot glass to roll the dough out into the pan. And, you can cut these into any size you’d like! However, we found we liked the 1 inch by 2.25 inch rectangle: making them this size makes for 36 small pecan butter millionaire bars: the perfect size for us!

Don’t forget to #PledgePecans! Let us know what pecan recipe you make by tagging @acouplecooks and @americanpecan on Instagram, or leave a comment below!

Looking for pecan recipes?

Outside of these pecan butter millionaire bars, here are a few of our favorite pecan recipes on A Couple Cooks:

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Looking for easy vegan dessert recipes?

Here are a few of our favorite easy vegan dessert recipes in addition to these pecan butter millionaire bars:

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This recipe is…

This pecan butter millionaire bars recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, dairy free and naturally sweet. For gluten free, use Gluten Free 1 for 1 Flour.

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Pecan Butter Millionaire Bars


1 Star (4 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 36
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British

Description

These pecan butter millionaire bars have 3 layers: shortbread, caramelized maple pecans, and chocolate! This easy vegan dessert recipe couldn’t be tastier.


Ingredients

For the shortbread layer

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature)

For the caramelized pecan butter

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

For the chocolate layer

  • 1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make the shortbread: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and kosher salt. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and stir it together with a spoon, then when it starts to come together use your hands to knead it into a dough. Use your fingers to squeeze out any lumps in the coconut oil and knead until it comes together into a playdough-like texture. Press the dough into the pan. Keep pressing the dough into an even layer that covers the entire pan; it might take a while; you can use a small glass to help roll it out (we used a shot glass). Bake about 15 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes until room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, make the caramelized pecan butter: In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the maple syrup and continue to stir. It will bubble immediately and start to cook down. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the liquid is totally cooked out and the maple syrup starts to darken. Transfer the caramelized nuts to a food processor. Process for 7 to 10 minutes, stopping and scraping the bowl as necessary, until the pecans form into a thick and creamy caramelized pecan butter. It takes a while to come together, so just keep processing. Then, spread the pecan butter onto the cooled shortbread crust using a spatula. Spread it into an even layer; it doesn’t have to be perfect, but take care to make it as even as possible.
  4. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each time, until melted; it took us about 3 20 second bursts. Be very careful not to overheat the chocolate! Pour the chocolate over the top of the bars and refrigerate until the chocolate layer is hardened, about 1 hour.
  5. When ready to serve, let the bars stand at room temperature for a few minutes so the chocolate comes to room temperature. Cut into 1 inch by 2.25 inch rectangles, to make 36 rectangles in all. Eat immediately or refrigerate until serving.

Notes

*For gluten free, use Gluten Free 1 for 1 Flour.

Keywords: Millionaire Bars, Pecan Butter, Caramelized Pecans, Maple Pecans, Pecans, Vegan, Vegan Dessert, Shortbread,

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Erica S
    December 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hello! Wondering if the coconut oil for the crust should be melted first before added? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Nope, not melted — just room temperature coconut oil! I’ll add that note to the recipe. Thanks so much!

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