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Pecan Pie Bars

Buttery Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars are sweet, nutty, crunchy and buttery! Serve this American favorite dessert at your Thanksgiving and Christmas gathering!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pecan Pie Bars
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 884 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound pecans roasted and chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust:

  1. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter on low speed until just combined.
  5. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan, if the dough is too sticky, sprinkle lightly with flour. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is just set. Allow to cool, otherwise, when you add the filling it may let the crust.

Topping:

  1. In a small bowl, add brown sugar, cornstarch and salt, whisk to combine.
  2. Place a saucepan over low medium heat, add the sugar mixture to it.
  3. Whisk in the egg yolks quickly, maple syrup and cream, until smooth. Stir continuously and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens like a pudding, 5-10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in the cold diced butter until fully melted.
  6. Fold in roasted, chopped pecans and vanilla extract.
  7. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling, is set.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully. Refrigerate until cold, for about 4-6 hours. Cut into bars and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Buttery Pecan Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 884 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Fat 65g100%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 381mg17%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1273IU25%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.