Pecan Pie Bars

Last week we had a Thankgiving luncheon at work and I couldn’t figure out what to bring & lo & behold these pecan pie bars popped up in my inbox from Real Simple. These are divine! I mean I could eat the entire batch, I kid you not! So caramely & buttery. I am already planning to make these again for Christmas. They might just be my new favorite holiday treat. My mouth is watering right now thinking about them, I promise! Everyone at work raved about them & they were easy to make too! What I love about these is not just the amazing flavor but also their size. They are the perfect sized treat so you don’t have to have an entire piece of pie.

Pecan Pie Bars
Source: Real Simple


Ingredients:

For the Crust:
nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


For the Filling:
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square baking sheet with 2 pieces of parchment paper, over lapping & the excess hanging off all sides. Spray parchment with cooking spray.

For the Crust:
In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, salt & cold cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture is a sandy crumb like consistency. If you have a food processor, feel free to use that. Press mixture into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until pale golden.

For the Filling:
While the crust is cooling slightly, combine brown sugar, honey, granulated sugar, cream & butter in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat & stir in vanilla then pecans. Immediately pour filling over crust & let cool in pan for 1 hour.

Lift bars out of the pan & transfer to cutting board. Cut into 24 rectangles (6 rows by 4 rows). Store in an airtight container.

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    Comments

    1. OMG….these look amazing and perfect!! Looks great Steph!

    2. They look delicious(: I love pies in bar form.

    3. katskitchen says:

      Wow, these look wonderful! I always thought pecan pie was a bit too sweet, but a small bar like this would be perfect.

    4. Katie @ This Chick Cooks says:

      These look delicious! I really like your blog, and I'm your newest follower. Have a good day.
      Katie

    5. I just made these last night because after all the pies I was making, my family didn't want to have to wait a few more days to have a sample. So, I made these (which were very easy)and they appeased the pecan pie cravings of everyone! Thank you for posting this recipe!!!

    6. Ooooh! Sweet! I'm bookmarking these for sure..thanks.

    7. If t here was a way to come through the computer to eat these; I would. Can't wait to make them!

    8. I just recently discovered your blog and love it! I gave you an award today:
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      Have a great weekend!

    9. These are some of the best things I've put in my mouth. I made some that are very similar (if not the same) from the Martha Stewart website. The honey flavor is really pronounced, and I love that! The buttery shortbread crust is amazing, too! I kept pinching off of the sides before I put on the pecan mixture. :)

    10. les 2 gourmands says:

      those are diet killers !! we love them !!

    11. These look amazing :-)
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    12. I cannot wait to try these!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Thanksgiving Linky Party!
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