Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars @EclecticEveryday

This is the most delicious dessert. Its not too sweet, and filled with pecan goodness. Its a quick and easy dessert that could also be made with roasted walnuts. This recipe was sent to me by my friend Jim. Its an old recipe, that I have modified a bit. These pecan bars have the texture of a rich blondie. The roasted pecans give an amazing flavor. The pecans are ground in the food processor until they are super fine, and then roasted to bring out their wonderful flavor. The brown sugar and vanilla give an amazing flavor that nicely compliments the pecans. These bars are the epitome of southern comfort food. I put the leftover bars in the freezer, and have been snaking on one or two a day since I made them. My toddler son goes and gets the container from the freezer, and asks for a cookie, he loves them.

Pecan Pie Bars @EclecticEveryday

Pecan Pie Bars @EclecticEveryday

Pecan Pie Bars

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1 lb brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 lb, or 2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups grated super fine roasted pecans
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pecan halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take chopped pecans, or pecan halves, and pulse in food processor until they are very fine. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes, just until they are fragrant.

In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, butter, and salt. Whisk to combine. Whisk in eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add flour, and whisk until just combined. Add vanilla and pecans, mix until incorporated.

Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Place pecan halves on top of each 2" x 2" square. Bake at 350 degrees until bars pass the toothpick test.

9 Responses to “Pecan Pie Bars”

  1. 1
    Nastassia — October 30, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    Yum yum yum! Need i say more =)
    .-= Nastassia´s last blog, Fresh From the Market =-.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 30, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    They look like the blondies I had before…wonderful coffee cake squares.
    .-= Angie@Angie’s Recipes´s last blog, 100% Whole Wheat Bread Rolls =-.

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    Nicole — October 30, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    these look scrumptious! How could anything with 2 sticks of butter and pecans taste bad?
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

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    Duni — October 31, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    Oooh…those are devine. Now I know what to do with all those pecans I keep in my pantry! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    And thank you for your kind comment on my blog 🙂
    .-= Duni´s last blog, Cold and rain call for… =-.

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    grace — November 1, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    as a self-proclaimed lazy bum, i automatically love these. i can achieve the flavor and lusciousness of pecan pie without the manual labor (and in greater amounts)…win!
    .-= grace´s last blog, boo, i say. boo. =-.

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    Jim-49 — November 1, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Well,thought I was over these,until “Thanksgiving”,but there sits about 1/2 of a batch on the table,and just about 30 minutes ago,I couldn’t resist!! My little chef,smallest granddaughter,wanted some more,and she waited until done,and got the first,then gone home!! About 40 minutes in the oven,and I did this time,added 1-teaspoon of corn starch,beautiful.Thanks again!!!

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    Kim — November 5, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    My mom makes a similar bar- a butter pecan bar. But, I love this twist and I know we would go crazy over these. I want one now actually. Next time I go to make them, I’m trying yours. It’s brown sugar magic!
    .-= Kim ´s last blog, Day 5. The Big Apple =-.

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    Nicole — January 27, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    YUM! I have the hugest sweet tooth right now. I am making these tonight. 🙂

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    gigi — December 15, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    Hello-
    I would like to make these for Christmas, but am wondering about how long to bake them? I am apprehensive about opening the oven door every few minutes.
    Thank you! They look delicious!

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