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Pecan Bars

You're going to love how simple it is to make these easy Pecan Bars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Neha

Equipment

  • 9 x 9 inch Square Pan

Ingredients

Crust Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup cold butter (cut into smaller pieces)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • tsp salt

To Make the Topping:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon (optional)
  • 2 ½ cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven. Before starting the recipe, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 inch square pan with parchment paper leaving overhangs on 2 sides for easy removal of bars after baking.
  • Make the crust. Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and then add in the cold cut butter. Mix in butter in the flour mixture till a crumb-like texture is formed and all the crumbs are almost equal in size. You can do this using a food processor. Or even a pastry dough cutter works well. If you don't have either of those, you can cut butter into flour using 2 forks.
  • Add crust to the pan. Once the crumb mixture is ready, pat it down into pan evenly and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. The crumb will begin to look golden in color.
  • Make the filling. While the crust is baking, it's time to make pecan filling. Mix all the ingredients together (leave out the pecans) and bring to a boil on the stove. Simmer for 2 minutes and then turn off the heat. Add in pecans and stir.
  • Pour over the crust. Pour the mixture over the top of baked crust. Place it in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle will come out mostly clean.
  • Cut into squares. Set bars on a cooling rack. Once the pecan bars have cooled, take them out of the pan using overhangs. Cut them into squares and enjoy!

Notes

Storing Information:
You may store bars at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week. These also freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator/ on counter top before serving.
Tips to make perfect Bars every time:
  • Parchment paper overhangs are super helpful to take out bars out of the pan, always go for it.
  • Allow them to cool down completely before cutting them into bars.
  •  If you notice the crust has puffed up a little after baking, use a spatula to gently press it down. This will make an even surface for the pecan topping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Sodium: 100mg | Sugar: 35g