Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe October: Pecan Pie Bars

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
-Edgar Allan Poe

I love that quote, and although it might not have much to do with Pecan Pie bars to you, that is because you haven't had them yet, and I assure you, they are pure beauty. Erika gave me this recipe two years ago, and since that point, these bars have become one of my "Everyone dies over these" kind of recipes. People who hate pecan pie love these bars. People who love pecan pie ask to have these bars at Thanksgiving instead of pie. I am serious, people. They are a game changer. I think the secret lies in that buttery shortbread layer at the bottom. It's just salty enough to balance out that sweet, gooey topping. Oh dear, I may have to go eat another. Without further ado...

Pecan Pie Bars
Makes a 9X13 pan of cookie bars.

    •    2  cups flour
    •    1/2  cup sugar
    •    1/8 teaspoon salt
    •    3/4 cup  butter
    •    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    •    1 cup light corn syrup
    •    1/2 cup butter
    •    4 large eggs, lightly beaten
    •    2 1/2  cups finely chopped pecans
    •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first 3 ingredients in large bowl; cut in 3/4 cup butter thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13" x 9" pan. Bake at 350 for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Stir one-fourth of hot mixture into beaten eggs; add to remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until set (Jiggle pan, and if the filling doesn't move, they're done) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.


  1. I am not much a baker, but those sure look good! Maybe my daughter can do it for me! Take care, Laura

  2. Oh my goodness.... yes... it is time. My thighs are getting bigger just looking at these bars, but Oh my goodness.... I can't wait to make them. They are my favorite Holiday treat!!!

  3. Well those definitely look like "pure beauty" to me! I seriously cannot wait to try these!

  4. The bars look amazing! I love pecan pie, my husband hates it so I can't wait to try this and see of he likes it. Have a wonderful week! ~ Jamie

  5. I have searched for a dessert worthy of my 11 Bunco ladies for next month and
    THIS IS IT. !! Thanks sooo much. I'll serve these warm with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and these ladies will LOVE ME FOREVER...
    Thanks much for the recipe.
    O and i am becoming a follower so I can find other great things to eat. :)) Come by sometime.

  6. oh I would love these, I love pecan pie.

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