German Pecan Bar Recipe – Oma's Nussecken

This yummy pecan bar recipe comes from my German cousin, Ingrid. Once she immigrated to Canada, she found this easy method to try to recreate one of her favorite treats, Nussecken. Cover them with pecans, as Ingrid does. Or, use any variety of nuts (salted are best!) which is what Oma does!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook/Bake Time

12 minutes

Total Time

22 minutes


Makes 20 - 24 servings


  • 24 graham crackers
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups (340 g) bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 pecan halves (or other nuts)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a rimmed 10x17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the graham crackers on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Carefully bring butter and sugar to boil. Gently simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add chopped pecans to the butter mixture and spread over crackers.
  5. Bake about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to start cooling.
  6. Cut into 24 bars while warm.
  7. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and spread over the bars. Top each one with one of the pecan halves or other nuts.


  • If you wish, you can spread the chocolate chips on top of the butter/pecan mixture once the 10-minute bake time is over. As the chips melt, spread the chocolate over the top, returning to the oven briefly if needed to help the chips melt. Then cut into bars while still warm and place one of the pecan halves on each bar.

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12.07.2022 revision update