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Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

 

Pecan pie goes on that long list of foods I just assumed I didn’t like because my mom didn’t like it. I turned down piece after piece over the years at work functions, friend’s parties, and even gave away an entire pie I won during a silent auction. Then I was at my dad’s for our first Christmas after he’d gotten remarried and when my step mother offered me a slice of pecan pie I just couldn’t be rude and turn it down. Not to her face, y’all!

So I had a piece. Actually I had two. And then I might have stayed long enough to have lunch the next day just so I could have a third piece. Because oh my worrrrrd that was some amazing pie! What had I been missing out on all these years?! Joy. I had been missing out on joy.

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

 

So as we rapidly descend into pie season and since I won’t be spending Christmas with my family this year…for the first time…in my entire life {I actually feel kinda weird about it} I called my step mom up and asked for her recipe. She graciously emailed it to me, gave me permission to share my twist on the blog with you, and told me to let her know how it turns out. Well, lemme just say it’s a masterpiece if I do say so myself. And I do.

The crust is similar to the one I used for these citrus bars except brown sugar gives it a little oomph and then that sticky, ooey, gooey, caramel-like middle with the crunch of the pecans. Oh, I’m in heaven with these pecan pie bars and they will definitely be gracing our holiday table this year. I might even make them at Thanksgiving…you know, just so I can test them again before sharing them with strangers at Christmas 😉

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

Meaghan

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

Pecan Pie Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Enjoy this delicious twist on the traditional pecan pie this holiday season!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 stick butter,, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until paste forms.
  2. Add flour 1/2 a cup at a time mixing until just combined after each addition. Mixture will resemble crumbs but hold together when squeezed.
  3. Line a 9x9 glass baking dish with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.
  4. Press crust into the bottom of your lined and greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. While the crust is baking mix together butter and sugars. Add in eggs one at a time and mix well.
  2. Once eggs are completely incorporated add milk, flour, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in pecan halves and pour over hot crust.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges are set and the center jiggles just slightly.

 

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