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Pecan Bars…

by Jamie on November 21, 2008

As mentioned in a previous post, I received walnuts, pecans, and dried cranberries from Oh Nuts last week. The pecans I got were amazing, so I wanted to bake something that truly highlighted their flavor and texture. I have never made pecan pie, so that was my first thought, but I ended up choosing a recipe for pecan bars. I came across this recipe on a foodie message board. The gal that posted the recipe said these bars were “much requested” and that “people die over them” so I had to give em a whirl. The recipe was super easy, the crust came together in a snap using my food processor and the filling was even more simplistic (I love simple)! I snuck a taste of the filling before I poured it onto the crust and for a moment, I felt compelled to lick the bowl. Seriously, these bars are amazing, if you like pecans, make this recipe!

Pecan Bar Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter

3 eggs
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole pecans, toasted & tossed with 1 tbsp butter

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×13 pan with foil, grease.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt. Cut in 2/3 cup of butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the prepared pan, and press in firmly.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
4. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, corn syrup, 1 cup total brown & white sugars, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the pecans. Spread the filling evenly over the crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.
5. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until set. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into bars.

*Note- After these cooled on a rack for about 3 hours, I put them in the freezer for 30 minutes. This made the cutting process super easy.


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

The Food Librarian November 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Fantastic! These look sooo good! And you are all set with your pecans for next weeks’ TWD!

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Cristine November 21, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Looks delicious! My husband loves pecans… I’ll have to bookmark this recipe!

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~Mrs. Guru~ November 22, 2008 at 7:31 am

They look so delicious! I can’t imagine what your cooking for Thanksgiving! Can I come to your house!!

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Plum Bush Cottage November 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I saw that you stopped by my site and came over for a visit. I’ve got to say, your recipes are scrumptious! Are all the photos yours? They are really beautiful and display your creations so nicely.

I’ll stop back often.

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Annie November 23, 2008 at 12:50 am

Now this looks like a deliciously addictive dessert!

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Megan November 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

those look so good! what a great treat to make during this cold weather :)

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Leonor de Sousa Bastos November 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Your pecan bars look wonderful!

I’ve never saw anything like this and I just find it genious!

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bakingblonde November 23, 2008 at 4:18 pm

These look so amazing! I love pecans but don’t know if I have ever had pecan pie bars before! I would love to try one!

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pinkstripes November 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

OMG…those look soooo gorgeous and delicious. I’m going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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Ingrid November 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

These sound wonderful. I rcv’d a bag of pecans from Oh, Nuts and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. Perhaps I just need to go for the obvious, pecan pie/bars.
~ingrid

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Kevin November 24, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Those look so good!

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soccer1grl November 27, 2008 at 11:38 pm

So today is Thanksgiving and my mom called me on the way over and told me she left the dessert in the fridge… was cooking 4 other things but found some pecans in the cabinet, remembered your recipe, and they turned out great! Thanks!

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Palidor November 28, 2008 at 5:35 am

Mmm, I love baked goods with shortbread crust!

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AngelinaSays January 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I made these today…..very good, except I think next time I think I’ll not add the sugar in the crust.
I believe a bit more saltiness in the crust will balance out the sweetness in the topping.

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ALISON November 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I got all the fixings for this pecan bar recipe. My girlfriend has been pregnant for seven months and I swear she's been eating pecan bars for the last seven months. Thank goodness I have not felt tempted to share this craving with her…but I did take a bite of her bar today. So now I am inspired to make some….will let you know how it turned out.

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Laurin November 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks so much for this recipe! One of my friends at work had commented previously that pecan pie is her favorite dessert so I made these last night for her birthday today. She loved them and so did everyone else! They really are amazingly delicious.

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