If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top dessert.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
How to Make It
Sift together 2 cups flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Cut in 3/4 cup softened butter using a pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture on bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool.
Bring brown sugar, honey, 2/3 cup butter, and whipping cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in pecans, and pour hot filling into prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.
This is the same recipe as Caramel-Pecan Tart which is rated 5 Stars as well. You can bake it as bars or eat as a pie--both of which are outstanding. If having trouble with the crust crumbling, press it into the pan really well. Also, if using a convection oven, shorten the time by 1/3-1/2.
I really wanted to make this recipe but I was low on pecans and out of honey. So I made it with walnuts and maple syrup...oh my gosh! They were fabulous. Can't wait to try them with the pecans and honey:-)
Delicious, easy and a big hit every time. They do have a tendency to stick so grease the pan well with spray. Don't add too many pecans thinking more is better because the pecans won't stay together in the bar. Too many pecans will cause the bars to fall apart. I did not have enough honey the last time a made them so I had to use 1/4 cup of honey and a 1/4 cup of Karo syrup..it turned out just fine. I have made these several times and encourage you to try them.
Took these to a tailgate party yesterday and got rave reviews. They are not as rich as a pecan pie- the honey makes the difference. You know it's good when your best "cooking" friends ask for the recipe. Followed the instructions exactly- love the idea of putting in some bourbon and next time may toast the nuts a bit, but they are great as is. Really easy, really good!!
Om my! Is this heaven on earth or what?? I was really craving pecan tart so I decided to make these instead. WOW! That's all I have to say! As for some people's worries on the time, I followed the 350F and baked as per directions and it was simply perfect timing. 20 mins for the crust, and a bit over 25 mins for the pecans. I also read that one person wanted more flavor and sugar but are you kidding me?? These are very sweet! No need for extra anything! Also, someone said they added bourbon. I will try that next time! WOW!!! So good!!
These were AMAZING. Everyone absolutely LOVED them, including people who aren't huge pecan fans! I don't ever time my baking- I just peek into the oven to see if things look done- so I didn't have any problems with baking times. I will DEFINITELY be making these again! So, so delicious.
These bars are so good and easy to make! It would have been easier if the store wasn't out of chopped pecans, and I didn't have to chop 3 1/2 cups of them. I've been in the mood for pecan pie lately. I'm a big fan but sometimes the gooey middle gets to be too much for me. These bars are the perfect substitute. They remind me of a pecan pie baklava hybrid. These will definitely be made again.
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