Monday, December 31, 2007

pecan pie bars

this recipe comes from my neighbor back home, who is an excellent baker. it's fairly easy to put together and is rich, gooey and nutty. the recipe calls for brickle chips, which can be hard to find. i found mine at meijer after striking out at kroger. heath brand makes both toffee bits and chocolate toffee bits. i've never tried the chocolate ones, but i can't imagine it would be bad.

i like to use a little trick with tin foil to make cutting easier. before baking, line the pan with tin foil, using a long piece of foil running the long way in the pan. make sure the foil comes up to and covers the short sides of the pan. now take a second piece of foil and lay it across the pan the other way, so that the long sides of the pan are covered in foil. when the pecan bars are completely cool, lift them out of the pan with the foil. this helps to avoid making a mess with cutting and then scooping the fragile bars out of the pan. the same trick works really well with brownies.

pecan pie bars

2 c flour
1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 c cold butter

14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 8 oz. package of brickle chips
1 c chopped pecansA

cut butter into flour until course, press firmly into 9" x 13" pan. bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

beat egg, milk, vanilla, and then stir in pecans and brickle chips. spread over crust. bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. cool completely and cut into 1 inch squares.


SRH said...

Even growing up in Alabama, I never understood the appeal of pecans. Happy New Year to you.

Emiline said...

srh- Noooo! Pecans are one of my great loves!

Heather, these bars looks great! That is a beautiful picture. I just made something with pecans, too.

Ashley V. Routson said...

Oh sweet deliciousness! I'm not a "pie" person... but oh how I love pecan pie (and all things nuts). Those bars look amazing!

The tip on the foil is ingenious! Does it work brownies?

heather said...

you can totally use that trick on brownies.

Rosie said...

ooooooooo! I gotta try these...I need a good pecan pie bar recipe. My hubby will dancing the happy dance.