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Pecan-Date Bars

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 24 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
You can prepare and refrigerate these luscious bars a day or two in advance. They are actually easier to cut once they have been completely chilled.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate minichips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 123
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 1.4 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 14 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 89 mg
  • calcium 13 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring well with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

  4. To prepare filling, combine corn syrup and next 7 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in dates, pecans, and chocolate chips. Pour mixture over prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill 1 hour or until firm.