Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and it is one of my most favorite holidays. There is no gift giving, or tree decorating – just family, friends and food. Desserts are a big part of Thanksgiving, especially pies like pumpkin, apple and pecan. Pecan pie with its nutty topping and gooey center is always a favorite, but why limit those great flavors to just pie?
Pecan Pie Bars with Chocolate Crust are my twist on pecan pie. These bars are a real decadent treat because you get the traditional flavors of a pecan pie, but with a chocolaty crunchy crust on the bottom which makes them divine.
I used ground chocolate wafers with a little butter and cinnamon for a crumbly texture that really works in this recipe. These bars will please not only your nut-loving friends, but the chocolate lovers too. You can prepare these bars a few days ahead and store them in the refrigerator or slice and serve them immediately.
Pecan Pie Bars with Chocolate Crust are not only delicious, but very portable too, which makes them great to take to your next party or cookie swap. Enjoy!
1 package chocolate wafers, Nabisco brand
1 stick butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 extra large eggs
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole pecans
(Makes 15 Bars)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. In a food processor add all the crust ingredients and pulse 6 or 7 times, until fine crumbs. Pour into prepared pan and press out evenly, using a measuring cup. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, remove and set aside.
2. Chop pecans into coarse pieces, set aside. In a stand mixer or large bowl, combine corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Mix on low for 1 minute. Add the pecans and mix again for 1 minute, or until combined. Pour on top of crumbs.
3. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until firm on top. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator or slice and serve immediately.