Pecan Bars

"Decadent and delicious for your holiday gatherings"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • To toast the pecans:   Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans in a single layer In a 9” x 9” baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Shake every few minutes and watch closely.   Allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter.  Set aside and allow to cool for the filling.
  • For the crust: Line an 8-inch square pan with foil (two large sheets going opposite direction), then coat lightly with oil spray.
  • Process flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, pecans, salt and baking powder in a food processor until it resembles coarse cornmeal, about 5 pulses.  Sprinkle the 6 tablespoons chilled butter cubes over the top. Pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse oatmeal, about 8 pulses.
  • Place the crust mixture in the prepared pan. Press firmly into an even crust with your fingers. Bake until it begins to brown, 20 - 24 minutes.
  • For the filling: As soon as the crust finishes baking, stir together the 1/2 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, bourbon/rum or rum extract, vanilla extract and salt just until combined. Whisk in the egg until incoporated, then pour over the hot crust. Sprinkle the 1 3/4 cups chopped pecans over the top.
  • Return to oven and bake until top is golden brown and top begins to crack, about 22 to 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hours, before removing from the pan using the foil as lifters.  Cut as desired.

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