Pecan Pie Bars

Cook's Note: Pecan pie is a fixture at many holiday dinners, and now you can get the same taste in an easy bar version. Pecan Pie Bars are a delicious indulgence and a perfect baked gift for friends and neighbors this season.

serves 12 to 16

Ingredients for Topping

  • 2-1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark rum or rum extract

Ingredients for Base

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into bits

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.

Toast whole pecans for 7 to 8 minutes until fragrant. Break into pieces when cool.

Prepare the base first. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into pan. Use a piece of plastic wrap to help press the dough down evenly. Bake at for 17 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat and whisk one-fourth of hot mixture into beaten eggs to temper; add to remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecan pieces, vanilla and rum, coating pecans completely. Pour filling over crust. Bake for 34 to 35 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.

Comments

11/06/13

This is made mostly in the holidays here. It is really a good and delicious one. But my dad doesn't like this one. But all other sin family does. i never had a good one in years. i should try this at home myself. Thank-you for sharing th wonderful recipe. dr stock trader

12/18/10

Jackie:
It says preheat the oven to 350.
When in doubt, bake anything @ 350!

12/18/10

I e-mail the recipes to myself, removing all information except the recipe.

12/18/10

I, too, emailed the recipe to myself. First I highlight just the recipe, then copy it. I open a blank email, address it, etc., then click on "paste" in the message space & send. It works great.

12/17/10

I tried the suggested way of printing--I could have held down the p for another hour and nothing would have happened. I gave up and printed it on both sides of two sheets. One sheet is for the circular file--just a waste of paper--to get a recipe I wanted on one sheet.

12/17/10

Do you bake the base at 350 degrees? The directions omit the temp "bake at (?)17 to 20 minutes"

12/17/10

To print only the area that you want to print, highlight using the left side of the mouse, then holding the control key down, press "p" on your keyboard. When the print page comes up, choose "selection only" to print your recipe. Works for me.

12/17/10

GAIL YOU ARE A STAR. I FOLLOWED YOUR INSTRUCTIONS AND THE RECIPE PRINTED WITHOUT WASTING PAPER OR INK. THANK YOU. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. MY FAMILY WILL LOVE THESE PECAN BARS.

12/17/10

I agree with Mary Beth Gemperie. Searched for a way to print just the recipe but instead got three pages. it is wasteful.

12/18/10

Dear Mary Beth: Here is how to print ONE/1 Page only........Ready???
1.At the top of your Browser Page is the Menu Bar and in the Top left corner you should see the word *FILE*.,....Left Click it.

2.When you've clicked 8FILE* a vertical selection menu will appear and with your cursor, (little white arrow), go down and click on *PRINT PREVIEW*
3. If the recipe is on 2 pages then at the top of your page locate the word *SCALE* and it should be displaying 100%.There should be another drop down MENU to choose from beside the 100% number. Click the next lower number which may be 90% and then scroll down to see if the recipe is all on one page.Repeat if necessary using lower numbers.

4.If the recipe is contained all on one page then Click *PRINT* at the top left corner of your Browser page.
5. If the recipe is on page 3 for example then click Print anyway and you will be given a choice to print *ALL* or *PRINT from PAGE_____ to PAGE_____. Insert the page No. 3 in both blanks of the page your Recipe is located in. So for Example if it happens to be Pg. 3, then insert *3* in both spaces and CLICK OK.

6. Another preview page may or may not appear, in either case all you need to do now is CLICK on PRINT or the little picture of a printer in the top left of your screen and it should print out only the Numbered Page you selected previously..... Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.............Bev Novlesky

12/17/10

I enjoy the recipes that you include in your e-mails, but I wish you would create a way to print them out for home use without wasting so much paper.
I just printed out the recipe for Pecan Pie Bars and it took 3 pages to print because it included a large picture and this bottom area with space for Comments.
I wish you could have a "Print" button included which would link to a page with just the recipe which could be printed on one page. I know you are interested in saving paper and saving our environment as well.
Thank you.
Mary Beth Gemperle

12/18/10

Beverly Novlesky (not verified)
12/18/10

Dear Mary Beth: Here is how to print ONE/1 Page only........Ready???
1.At the top of your Browser Page is the Menu Bar and in the Top left corner you should see the word *FILE*.,....Left Click it.

2.When you've clicked 8FILE* a vertical selection menu will appear and with your cursor, (little white arrow), go down and click on *PRINT PREVIEW*
3. If the recipe is on 2 pages then at the top of your page locate the word *SCALE* and it should be displaying 100%.There should be another drop down MENU to choose from beside the 100% number. Click the next lower number which may be 90% and then scroll down to see if the recipe is all on one page.Repeat if necessary using lower numbers.

4.If the recipe is contained all on one page then Click *PRINT* at the top left corner of your Browser page.
5. If the recipe is on page 3 for example then click Print anyway and you will be given a choice to print *ALL* or *PRINT from PAGE_____ to PAGE_____. Insert the page No. 3 in both blanks of the page your Recipe is located in. So for Example if it happens to be Pg. 3, then insert *3* in both spaces and CLICK OK.

6. Another preview page may or may not appear, in either case all you need to do now is CLICK on PRINT or the little picture of a printer in the top left of your screen and it should print out only the Numbered Page you selected previously..... Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.............Bev Novlesky

* reply

12/17/10

I was just thinking the same thing. I did a "print preview" and just printed the first two pages. I used both sides of the paper. But you can't paste them on a card or anything if you do that. I hope your suggestions works.

12/17/10

Folks,

JUst cut and paste the recipe into a
word document and edit out the bits
you don't want.

brian

12/17/10

Great idea Brian! It works !

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