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home : 2015 holiday season : recipes June 26, 2016

11/28/2012 12:23:00 AM
Holiday Pecan Bars

Yield: one 9 x 13 baking pan, or one quarter sheet pan.

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) salted butter, cold, plus more for the baking pan
  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Pecan Topping:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups darks brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch metal baking pan.
  2. To make the crust, in the bowl of a an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on the medium speed, cream the butter and sugar together until they are light, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour and salt, mixing them until you have coarse crumbs.
  4. Pour the crumbs into the prepared baking pan and press them down with your fingers to cover the pan evenly.
  5. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, until it is just brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.
  6. To make the topping, in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on low speed beat the eggs and sugar together until they are smooth, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed, and add the salt, vanilla and chopped pecans. Turn the mixer off.
  8. Pour the pecan topping over the cooled crust and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes, until it is just set.

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