Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie meets blondies in one of the easiest bar recipes I ever made. They have sweet, caramel middles packed with crunchy pecans and crackly tops that remind me of brownies.

It takes all of ten minutes, maybe fifteen to mix the batter together. They start out just like blondies with melting butter and brown sugar together then beating it into eggs and vanilla followed by flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

A full two cups of chopped pecans are mixed in by hand then it’s poured into the baking pan and off to the oven it goes.  Fast and easy enough to make in a pinch but delicious enough that no one will ever know how easy they were.

They taste like you spent hours baking only to emerge from the kitchen covered in flour from head to toe with sticky caramel in your hair.

They didn’t feel complete without a frosting or topping of some kind but after one bite I realized they didn’t need it. It’d be too much. Cloying, even for the most demanding sweet tooth. They’re plenty sweet enough being they have more sugar than flour in them. All that brown sugar gives them a rich, caramel-butterscotch flavor that dominates every bite in a totally moreish kind of way.

They’re completely satisfying all on their own but turning them into a pecan pie sundae by topping them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of butterscotch or caramel sauce plus a spattering of nuts is a mighty good idea too.

They taste like a million bucks.

A fair trade-off for ten minutes of your time.

Pecan Pie Bars

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 (9x13-inch) pan

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie meets blondies in one of the easiest bar recipes I ever made. They have sweet, caramel middles packed with crunchy pecans and crackly tops that remind me of brownies.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, cubed
2 + 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped pecans
confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling on top

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Turn off heat.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and vanilla together. Slowly add the hot sugar with mixer on low.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Add it gradually to the sugar mixture beating on low just until combined.
  5. Stir in the pecans by hand.
  6. Bake 20 - 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs and the edges are slightly browned. For a "fudgier" bar lean toward the 20 - 22 minute mark. For a cakey bar cook the full 25 minutes and add on a minute or two.
  7. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Notes:

Recipe from Taste of Home

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Caramel Pecan Bars

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