Caramel Pecan Bars - The Southern Lady Cooks

These delicious caramel pecan bars are only a few ingredients and absolutely delicious. Perfect for any potluck or gathering! My family loves these and they are so simple to prepare. Similar to layer bars, but with a few different ingredients. Definitely put these on your “must make” list!

Caramel Pecan Bars Ingredients Needed:

Vanilla wafers



Sweetened condensed milk



Butterscotch chips


Notes: You can easily switch out the chips for a different flavor. You could use walnuts instead of pecans. These can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator but I would recommend letting them sit out for a bit before serving.

Caramel Pecan Bars - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Caramel Pecan Bars

Judy Yeager
Easy and delicious
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1.5- 2 cups 12 ounces of vanilla wafers, crushed enough of crushed vanilla wafers to cover the bottom of the pan, you may need more.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1.5 cups of pecans chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crushed vanilla wafers, sugar and butter in a bowl. Press into a greased 9X13 baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl beat (with a whisk or spoon) the condensed milk, egg and honey. Stir in butterscotch chips and pour over vanilla wafer mixture. Top with pecans and bake for 20-22 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before cutting. I keep them in the refrigerator.
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  1. How do think it would work to use heavy cream in place of the sweetened condensed milk? This makes it SO sweet, it just about makes me sick. I just can’t handle that much sugar.
    This looks so good, and I hate to waste pecans.

    1. You can always try it, I can’t say since I have never tried that. If you do try it, let me know how it goes!

  2. This is one of my favorite recipes on your website! So easy and always a hit! I’ve taken these to so many events and always come home with an empty pan!5 stars

  3. Could you use graham crackers instead ?5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I think that would work just fine.

  4. It says 1.5 cups ( 12 ounces) of crushed cookies, 12 ounces of crushed is more then a cup and a half. Do you use the hike box or just a cup an a half?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Don’t make this harder than it is, just use about a cup and half of crushed cookies. It’s not going to mess up the recipe if you use more.

  5. These were amazing!!!!! So easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing.5 stars