Introduction: Pecan Bars

Sticky-sweet and loaded with nuts - pecan bars aren't the prettiest treat, but they make a perfect ending to any meal. Similar to pecan pie, these awesome bars are sure to satisfy a crowd.

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

Software
Crust
  • 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons spelt flour (substitute whole wheat or regular flour if you can’t find spelt)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt

Filling
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each grated fresh ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups pecans, roughly chopped

Hardware
  • 8” x 8”  baking dish
  • parchment paper or foil
  • food processor
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon or spatula
  • measuring cups and spoons

Step 2: Getting Crusty

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line baking dish with parchment or foil
  3. Combine pecans, butter, flour, spelt, sugar, and salt in the food processor and pulse until combined
  4. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish
  5. Bake for 25 minutes then remove and allow to cool slightly

Step 3: Fill'er Up

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and salt
  2. Add the corn syrup, whiskey, vanilla, flour, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix to combine
  3. Stir in the pecans
  4. Spread the mixture over the crust and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly (BE CAREFUL when removing the pan from the oven! Molten sugar burns are nothing to mess with)
  5. Allow to cool fully in the pan at room temperature, then chill for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator
  6. Remove from the baking dish by lifting the foil and cut into bars
  7. Enjoy!

Comments

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2012-07-11

My husband really likes pecans! Maybe I'll have to make this for him one of these days...

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shesparticular made it!(author)2012-07-21

You should give them a shot!

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-06-21

Oh man, pecan desserts are my favourite!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2012-06-22

Me too :)

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