Candid Reflections

June 29, 2008

Finger Lickin’ Good Pecan Pie Bars

Filed under: In the Kitchen — Tags: , , — candid reflections @ 9:41 pm

If you like pecan pie but don’t want to hassel with pie crust, AND if you don’t mind gaining five pounds, then you ought to try this recipe for pecan bars.  My husband gave them a 10 out of 10.  For chocolate-pecan pie bars, see note below.













Pecan Pie Bars

1 ½ cups butter (softened)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 cups all purpose flour

8 eggs
6 cups firmly packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups pecan halves

To prepare crust:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 12×17 baking pan.  Beat butter and sugar in large bowl on medium speed for about a minute.  Add the flour, mix on low until evenly incorporated but still crumbly.  Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake the crust for 20 minutes, until a deep golden brown.  Remove, but leave oven at 350.

To prepare filling:  Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until blended.  Stir in the butter, vanilla, and flour.  Then stir in the coconut and pecans.  Pour the filling over the crust, spreading evenly.  Bake until set, about 30 minutes.  Cool thoroughly, at least an hour, before cutting into 3” squares.

*note:  to make Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars, melt 2 Tbs. unsalted butter with 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat.  Add the cooled chocolate-butter mixture to the filling’s egg and brown sugar mixture and follow the recipe as directed.

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