Chocolate Pecan Bars

I love pecan pie but I rarely if ever make it because a slice of pecan pie is a LOT of dessert.  Even a small one.  But like I said, I love it.

So, what to do, what to do?  Make pecan pie, but in bar form.

Any why not – add in some chocolate too.  Because chocolate and pecan…mmmmm.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup pecans (crushed by a food processor, so you’ll need maybe a cup or cup and a half of whole ones)
  • 11 T butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ t vanilla
  • ¼ t cinnamon

Filling

  • 2 eggs, brought to room temperature
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 T butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 cups, semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ¾ cups, pecans, coarsely chopped (not food processed like above – you want bigger pieces here)

Directions

Butter and flour or spray a 13” x 9” baking dish and set it aside.

Put the flour, crushed pecans, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon into a large bowl and beat until combined, moist and crumbly.IMG_4770

Press the dough into your prepared pan and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until it’s a nice golden brown color.   Take it out of the oven and move it to a wire rack.  Leave the oven on, because this is going back in shortly.

Now on to the filling.  Put the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl and mix until just blended – don’t overmix.  Pour in the chips and pecans and stir with a wooden spoon until they’re evenly distributed.IMG_4775

Pour the pecan mixture into your crust (it’s ok if it’s still warm) and bake for about a half hour, or until it’s nice and golden brown.IMG_4776

Once it’s done, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.  Depending on how big you cut them, you’ll probably get around maybe 24 bars.IMG_4780

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