Monday, May 12, 2014

Pecan Pie Bars

I made these pecan pie bars for my Mom for Mother's Day and they were a hit! They are the best of both worlds, shortbread like cookie crust on the bottom, and creamy/crunchy pecan pie filling on top. They are great on their own but even better with a scoop of ice cream. Yum! 

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, slightly softened 
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans finally chopped (I used the food processor) 
  • 1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/8 cup flour 
  • 2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°

Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper for easy removal. 

To make the crust, combine the flour, butter, sugar and pecans in a medium bowl. Using your hands, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake 15-18 minutes until slightly brown (par baked). 

For the filling, combine the brown sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla and salt. Mix with a mixer or by hand with a whisk until smooth. Add in the corn syrup, mix until combined. 

Stir in pecans. 

Spread evenly over the hot partially baked crust. 

Return the pan to the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until a knife inserted 2 inches from the side comes out clean. 

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