Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

by Erin

It’s that time again – Holiday Blog Hop! This round the theme is something with cranberry, pecan or vanilla. When it comes to baking, vanilla is an easy ingredient to incorporate, so obviously used that in this recipe which is also complete with pecans.

Even though my bag of dried cranberries was not affected by the voluntary recall made by Ocean Spray, I just wasn’t in the mood to use them. Besides, I’ve had my eye on these babies for awhile now. Seriously “gooey” is in the name, so they had to be good!

The dense, blondie-like base carries the mound of perfectly described gooey goodness, which is full of chocolate chips and chopped pecans. And since this is a pecan theme, it’s topped off with pecan halves just to make it look fancy – or at least as fancy as a square of gooeyness can be!

For step-by-step photos, check out the originator of this recipe, Kelly at Evil Shenanigans.

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Makes 16 bars



1 cup plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

4 Tbsp butter, softened

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla


2 oz cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp light corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

6 Tbsp butter, melted

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, plus 16 halves

1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with non-stick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving two inches hanging over the sides, and spray the paper with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar until well blended. Add in the butter, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Turn the batter out into the pan and press it evenly into the pan. It will be quite thick.
  4. In the same bowl beat together the cream cheese, corn syrup, vanilla, butter, brown sugar, salt, egg, and flour until smooth and lighter in color. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Carefully spread the topping over the base and place the 16 pecan halves on top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the filling is puffed and the edges are set, but the center is just a little wobbly. Cool completely in the pan. Use the parchment to remove the bars from the pan and slice.

Source: Evil Shenanigans

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 2, 2011 - 9:18 pm

Pecans, chocolate, butter, and cake…does it get any better?!

Cassie December 1, 2011 - 6:25 pm

These look amazing, Erin. I adore pecans. Great combination!

Mercedes December 1, 2011 - 12:13 pm

These look so good! I love nuts!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 1, 2011 - 10:13 am

Pecan + Chocolate Chip + Gooey Butter Cake, oh my! This looks fabulous and the combination is delightful! I don’t know if I could resist just trying a piece! :)

spiffycookie December 1, 2011 - 10:18 am

I definitely could not. Good thing I didn’t bake these for any certain event or I would’ve arrived with a half-eaten tray!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 1, 2011 - 8:46 am

Gooey….yum!! Love the pecans on top!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 1, 2011 - 7:40 am

Mmm, these look delicious! Although anything with “gooey,” “butter, ” AND “cake” as part of its name pretty much can’t go wrong, huh? Yum!!

spiffycookie December 1, 2011 - 7:44 am

My thoughts exactly

Tina@flourtrader December 1, 2011 - 7:29 am

How delicious these must be. Just the idea of a moist gooey bar with the great two (pecans and chocolate) gets me to craving these. I must proceed with caution, they do look very addictive. Thanks for sharing these-yum!

BigFatBaker December 1, 2011 - 12:28 am

Wow these look fabulous! I want to run out and buy more chocolate chips and pecans asap!
I am so glad you are apart of the holiday blog hop and I am looking forward to the next post! :)

spiffycookie December 1, 2011 - 5:25 am

Thank you! I am so glad to be a part of it :-)

betty November 30, 2011 - 11:44 pm

I’m glad that you didn’t used cranberries, they are good but they would have been too much, the bars look great!

spiffycookie December 1, 2011 - 5:25 am

Never fear I wouldn’t have added cranberries to this, I just meant I wasn’t in the mood to use cranberries in any recipe!


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