25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 20: Pecan Pie Bars

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There are several things I have been afraid to cook in my lifetime.  (And some I still am)  Angel food cake.  (Petrified of getting any egg yolk or fat in the mix and deflating it)  Macarons.  (I even have the almond meal now, but I cannot bring myself to make them.  Maybe after the Christmas rush.)  Roasts. (other than in the slow cooker)  Crepes.  Rice and pasta.  And…pecan pie.  Luckily, I discovered this recipe from the site-formerly-known-as-Recipezaar (presently Food.com) before I discovered Pioneer Woman’s recipe for pecan pie.  I am now no longer afraid of pecan pie, but I love these little bars.

It’s the crust.  The brown sugary goodness mixed with shortbread.  And they look so pretty cut into diamonds or triangles.  And they are such a good use of free pecans!  🙂


This is the treat tray for Christmas Eve this year (added on Christmas Eve).  The pecan pie bars are on the far left.

Here’s the receipt:

Pecan Pie Bars
Source:  Food.com (Kittencalskitchen)


3/4 cups butter, cut into small pieces

2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon salt

Set oven to 350 degrees, rack on the second-lowest position.  Grease a 9×13 pan.  Process in a food processor until the mixture begins to resemble small clumps.  Sprinkle and then lightly pat with a spatula the mixture into the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden.


2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Note: prepare the filling while the crust bakes.  In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter.  Stir in the brown sugar, honey, and whipping cream.  Simmer mixture 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Stir in chopped pecans.  Pour mixture over hot shortbread and spread evenly in the pan.  Continue baking the pan 20-22 minutes.  Cool completely in pan, then refrigerate.  Cut while cold.

And the printie:

Pecan Pie Bars


One thought on “25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 20: Pecan Pie Bars

  1. Pingback: 25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 26: The Roundup | Full Happy Muffin and Mama: The Blog

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