Boston Cream Pie Bars


Fans of Boston cream pie will love these totable bar cookies. A shortbread cookie crust serves as the base for a creamy pudding filling and chocolate topping.

Boston Cream Pie Bar on green surface
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
32 bars


  • 1 10 ounce pkg. shortbread cookies

  • 3 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup pecan pieces

  • cup butter, melted

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 4-serving-size pkg. vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 8 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon shortening


  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. For crust, place cookies in a food processor; process until chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and the pecans; process until fine. Add melted butter; process until combined. Press mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Chill 20 minutes.

  2. For filling, in a large bowl beat softened butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add pudding mix and cream; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in the remaining 3 cups powdered sugar. Beat on medium to high 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Carefully spread filling over crust.

  3. For topping, in a medium bowl combine chocolate and shortening. Microwave 1 minute or until nearly melted, stirring once. Stir until smooth. Spread over filling. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm. Use foil to lift out uncut bars. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
16g Fat
26g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Folate, total 0.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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