Caramel Pecan Dream Bars

To prepare Caramel Pecan Dream Bars, follow this step-by-step recipe:


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the Pecan Layer:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Prepare the Crust: a. In a medium bowl, combine the softened butter, powdered sugar, and salt. b. Gradually add the all-purpose flour and mix until the dough comes together. c. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish to create an even layer.

  1. Bake the Crust: a. Place the baking dish with the crust in the preheated oven. b. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the crust turns lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  2. Prepare the Pecan Layer: a. Evenly spread the chopped pecans over the baked crust. b. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the pecans, covering the entire surface.
  3. Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer: a. In a separate bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy. b. Add the granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the Cream Cheese Layer: a. Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture over the caramel-pecan layer in the baking dish. b. Spread it gently using a spatula to create an even layer.
  5. Bake the Bars: a. Return the baking dish to the oven. b. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the cream cheese layer is set and the edges turn golden.
  6. Cool and Chill: a. Once done, remove the baking dish from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature. b. Once cooled, place it in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill and set properly.

  1. Cut and Serve: a. Once the Caramel Pecan Dream Bars have chilled and set, remove them from the baking dish using the parchment paper (if using) and transfer them to a cutting board. b. Cut them into squares or bars of your desired size. c. Serve and enjoy these delicious treats!

These Caramel Pecan Dream Bars are sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the combination of caramel, pecans, and cream cheese. Enjoy!

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