Splurge on these wonderful little pecan pie bars! They are a unique idea for a church social or holiday cookie exchange.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
How to Make It
Combine flour with 3 tablespoons brown sugar; cut in 1/2 cup butter until coarse crumbs form. Press into a lightly greased 11"x7" baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.
While crust is baking, beat eggs in a large bowl and add remaining brown sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Blend in pecans and pour mixture into hot crust. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
Seems like a lighter version of pecan squares. They are tasty. I would use 1cup of pecans next time. They fit well with an assortment of other cookies.
Little note: have the sides of the crumb crust even or a little lower, since my filling and nuts concentrated toward the center of the dish.
I liked the idea of making these and giving them in goodie boxes rather than the traditional pie. They cooked up very nicely and looked very good. At this time I am on a diabetic diet so was not able to try them; however, I did keep and freeze two pieces to eat at a later date. I anticipate they will be very good. I did use 1 cup of pecans rather than 1/2 cup.
I made these to take to our work Christmas party, and one of the gals asked who made the pecan bars, so I humbly took ownership. I saved a third and froze it. Last night, I took the remaining and served it to my company and they loved it and wanted the recipe. I'll be making these over and over again. They were delicious and so easy to make! BTW, I lined my pan with foil and greased the foil. It made for easy removal and clean-up.
I made this for Thanksgiving as an alternative to pecan pie. Although they were very easy to make and looked beautiful they were dry and had very little taste. I will not try them again. I had hoped for something that tasted more like a pecan pie since they were called "Pecan Pie Bars".
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