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Pecan Bars: A Scrumptious Alternative To Pecan Pie

Deme Crinion11 Comments

I have some issues when it comes to food textures.   It was worse when I was younger (I could barely handle the sight of any "creamed" vegetable), but now that I'm technically an adult, I try not to be a picky toddler about foods that may have caused a gag reflex in the past.

I can now handle (and enjoy!) most dishes, but I generally don't prefer nuts in desserts.  Love them on their own, just not mixed in.  So, the thought of an entire pie made of nuts, say a pecan pie, has zero appeal.

One of the ways I

can

do nuts in my sugar indulgences is when they are finely chopped and part of a topping or crust.  So, when my mom passed on this recipe for Pecan Bars several years back, it quickly became a holiday staple in our house.  

Pecan Bars

She originally found it in a magazine (I think Country Living) and it's now part of our family recipe box. 

The best part is that it comes together in a cinch.  It's so simple but packed with all those amazing flavors of a pecan pie.

Here's what you'll need...

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups flour

4 large eggs, beaten

1 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups chopped pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt at a medium speed until well mixed.  Gradually add flour, beating well to combine.

Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish

Press into the bottom of the pan.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Like this...

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.  Stir in pecans.

Pour over baked crust. 

Then back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the topping is set.

Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars to serve.

Pecan Bars

Even my mini photo helper couldn't resist a pinch.

Pecan Bars

You can grab a printable version of the recipe right

HERE

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Pecan Bars

Does your family have any different takes on holiday classics?   How about any fellow texture freaks?  #noshame

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!

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