These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are moist and sweet, rich and so super easy to make. A FABULOUS new twist on a classic favorite holiday dessert.
Well, it’s that time of year again!
Traffic is backed up for miles, people are rushing and carrying on, kids are running up the aisles of every store you go in, the weather is temperatures are dropping and the excitement for the holidays is in the air. It’s really hard to deny that this is the best time of the year. People just seem a little kinder, a little more considerate and reflective of what is truly important. Hopefully, the stress of the season is not getting to you
too and the reason for the season is shining as bright as uncrinkled tinfoil in everyone’s eyes. As this world too often separates in such an uncertain times, it’s important to be thankful for family and friends and to embrace happiness and joyful opportunities that this life presents to you.
It’s way too easy to forget that as you are losing your mind and angrily talking to yourself in the tablecloth aisle of Home Goods all because your place mats DON’T MATCH YOUR TABLE RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (#truestory)
That’s why anything to make your holiday easier is a good thing!
Dessert is always the one thing everyone looks forward to. You know it, I know it .. ask any random person on the street and the answer will almost always be the same… dessert is where IT is at!! For example, why do you think there are thousands of different recipes for pecan pie? Because there are always different little ways you can tweak any recipe. You can add a little bit extra of this and leave out a little bit of that… it’s how amazing recipes grow and evolve and create even more amazing recipes. But pecan pie?? Why mess with pecan pie?… it’s not like you can’t reinvent the wheel, can you?
WAIT! Yes!! Yes, you can and here it is.
I know you are looking for an amazing awesome new twist to a classic holiday dessert, this is it!
So I ask you, who doesn’t love pecan pie? Well I know one person… me!
Yes, yes I know! What kind of a person doesn’t like pecan pie? I apologize for my un-pecan-pie-ness but I have to say, of the ones I have tried in my life, I have just not been a huge fan. I will take apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin crunch cake, pretty much any other pie over pecan pie. Until now! Now in my defense, I have started coming around to the pecan side of life last year when I made my chocolate pecan pie for the first time. This year things are a little more hectic, a little more busy so I thought WOW!.. Why not see if I can make an amazing chocolate pecan pie even easier way.
Now the Universe has Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars! …. and the Universe is Happy!
What can I say? These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are FABULOUS (insert sprinkles and sunshine HERE). These are moist and sweet, rich and so super easy to make. Whereas the usual fare for the holidays is a traditional pie you will surprise and de-light your guests with this new spin on everybody’s is favorite treat. I promise, everyone is going to love these!! And YOU will save your self a bit of time in the kitchen and you will LOVE that!
Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the season. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of the things that it’s really not about. Enjoy your family, keep your friends close and remember, always be kind.
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- For the Shortbread
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cold butter cut into chunks
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbl milk
- For the Topping
- 3 tbl butter , melted
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar , packed
- 1 tbl vanilla extract
- 2 tbl flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 2 cup pecan , chopped
- *Caramel ice cream topping and extra pecans for garnish .. optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and sugar together.
If you have a food processor, pour in the flour mixture and add in the milk and butter chunks. Pulse until it resembles course sand.
If you do not want to use a food processor, add the milk and butter to your flour mixture and kneed all ingredients together with your hands until it all incorporates into a sand like consistency
Transfer it to the baking pan and press it down firmly so that it makes an even crust
Bake for 20 minutes
While the crust is baking, using a hand mixer combine the flour, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and salt together in that same large mixing bowl you used before.
Add in the eggs, one by one and then the corn syrup. Mix well
Using a spatula, stir in the chocolate morsels and pecans
Let this filling stand for 15 minutes while your crust is cooking.
Once crust has cooked, remove and pour the filling on top of the crust
Return to the oven for another 45 minutes
Remove from oven when done and let cool completely before removing from pan
Once cool, pull up on parchment paper and remove. Cut into bars and garnish with caramel and extra pecans
Store in air tight container in the refrigerator. Heat up for 10 seconds in the microwave for extra yumminess!