These Pecan Pie Bars have everything you love about pecan pie in one easy to make bar!
How can we make pie more portable?
It’s an age old question, and one I asked myself almost immediately when first tasked with coming up with a fall themed dessert menu. The bride-to-be was not a fan of cake and instead chose to go with a variety of desserts to suit her autumn, outdoors, barn wedding.
Perhaps you’ve noticed a lack of pie recipes on my blog. That’s because I am notoriously terrible at baking pies. For starters I don’t generally like eating them. They’re also just terribly tricky with their easily burnt crusts and soggy bottoms.
Still, a fall themed dessert menu wouldn’t be complete without at least one pie. I was able to find a recipe for these pecan pie bars and boy am i glad i did! They are almost foolproof, freeze and thaw beautifully, and are seriously delicious. They also fit much more easily into my lifestyle (not that it mattered in this case) because, unlike classic pecan pie, they don’t contain corn syrup.
I recommend baking your bars in a foil lined baking pan so you can lift them out and cut them easily. The filling can get pretty sticky while the crust is effortlessly flaky. Make these to serve a crowd at Thanksgiving, for your family football party, or of course for a fall wedding!
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- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a 2 inch overhang on all sides.
To make the crust, cream together butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until fluffy. Add the flour and salt and mix until crumbly.
Press the crust evenly into the foil lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
While the crust bakes, prepare the filling. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, and heavy cream over medium heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a bubble, then simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped pecans.
Remove the crust from the oven and immediately pour the filling over the top, spreading it out to cover the entire surface.
Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully in the pan. The bars will firm up a bit as they cool, do not over bake.
Use the foil to lift the bars from the pan and place on a cutting board. Remove the foil, cut into bars, and serve.
Very slightly adapted from Just a Taste