You'll love these ooey-gooey Texas Pecan bars!
Crispy pecans nestled in a creamy caramel-esque sugary concoction on a crispy crust!
Pecans are the official State nut of Texas and this recipe allows you to share these beauties in a tasty treat! This is perfect for when you don't want a whole piece of pecan pie, but want a little bit...
Why you'll love this recipe!
- No pre-baking the crust- combine the ingredients, press it into the pan and top it with the pecan mixture
- Simple ingredients - nothing fancy or gourmet
- Perfect 3 bite-snack size-no need to eat a whole slice of pie
The consistency of these pecan bars is similar to a pecan pie, but the crust is not like a pie crust; it's more like a Pecan-Sandy-cookie...
Here's what you'll need
You can use salted or unsalted butter; if you use unsalted, you'll need to add ½ teaspoon salt to both the crust and pecan topping
Here's how to make it
Prep the baking pan with foil and coat generously with spray oil; set aside.
Make the crust, roll it out on the counter and massage it until it's a little like dough, then put it in the pan and press it into the corners and bottom.
Make the pecan bar topping; working in batches, add topping to pan, spread it all around (try to keep it level on top)
I found the trickiest part of this recipe is getting the pecan bars out of the foil. The corn syrup filling inevitably spills over to the sides in the pan and sticks to the foil, so be sure to spray the foil thoroughly with oil.
Here's what you need to know
Read this part three times before you start...seriously...these tips are based on my experience and if you follow them, your Texas Pecan Bars will come out beautifully!
Preparing the pan
Line the baking pan with two sheets of foil or parchment paper, placed perpendicular in the pan (you should have about a 1" overhang; this is so you can easily lift it out of the pan
Place one sheet in the pan; spray it with oil thoroughly; place the other sheet on top of the first foil sheet; spray thoroughly
Try to make the foil lining as smooth as possible; the corn syrup will seep into any wrinkles and stick to the foil
Corn syrup - Karo brand makes Light and Dark versions; get the Light. Note: they also may a "lite" reduced calorie version...sorry, but we're going all out on this one...don't get the reduced fat corn syrup
If you use pecan pieces instead of pecan halves, you can get away with 4 cups of pecans instead of 5; (pecan halves are bigger and taking up more volume when measuring)
Pan Size and Baking
This recipe uses an 8" x 8" metal pan and yields 16 pecan bars that are 2" x 2" inches.
If you use a 9" x "13 baking pan, cut the bars into 2" x 2 ½" inches and you'll get about 24 bars.
Metal baking pans are recommended over glass (metal cools faster and ensures nice sharp edges)
Place it on the middle rack in the oven
Removing from pan
If the foil sticks to the sides or bottom of the pecan bars, (and it probably will), simply use a sharp paring knife to remove the foil
For best results, refrigerate, remove from fridge, slice it while it's cold, then let it come to room temperature and serve
For a super clean cut, use a large, sharp knife
Place the knife edge straight down into the pecan bars; don't use a "sawing" motion
For best results, store in refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, slice while it's a bit chilled, then allow to come to room temperature before serving.
The beauty of these pecan bars is that they're sweet, but not too sweet. Just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth but not send you into sugar shock.
Texas Pecan Bars also make a lovely hostess gift! Wrap the entire square in pretty paper (line it with parchment) and put a bow on it! Your hostess will love you for it!
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Texas Pecan Bars
- 1¾ cups flour all-purpose
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 stick butter salted, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 1¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups pecan halves See Recipe Notes
- 1½ sticks butter salted (See Recipe Notes), melted
- oil spray oil for pan preparation
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Place foil or parchment paper in metal baking dish; spray lightly with oil; set asideoil
- Melt butter in a small bowl; set aside1 stick butter
Prepare the Crust
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar and melted butter1¾ cups flour, ½ cup sugar, 1 stick butter
- Stir until dough begins to form; turn dough out onto counter;
- Squeeze dough together and place in prepared baking pan
- Spread dough out and press down into pan
- Use a spatula to level crust and press into corners
Make the Pecan Topping
- In a large mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients; mix well1 cup brown sugar, ¾ cup light corn syrup, 1¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 5 cups pecan halves, 1½ sticks butter
Add the Pecan Topping and Bake
- Working in batches, add pecan mixture to the top of the dough; gently press coated pecans into corners; spread pecan mixture evenly; repeat process until the entire pecan mixture is in the pan
- Bake uncovered on middle rack for 25-30 minutes at 350ºF
- When the mixture is bubbly throughout, remove pan from oven; allow to cool a few minutes then refrigerate for at least 1 hour
- Once the center is cooled, gently pull the foil out of the pan and place on cutting board
- Gently peel foil from pecan bars and slice
- Allow to sit at room temperature about 10-15 minutes before serving
- This recipe uses an 8" x 8" dark metal pan and yields 16 square bars that are 2" x 2" inches
- If you don't have a square pan, use a 9" x 13" baking pan; note: the pecan bars will be thinner and you'll get about 24 bars; each 2" x 2 ½"inches
- If you use pecan halves, use 5 cups; if you use pecan pieces, use 4 cups
- If you use unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon of salt to both the crust and pecan topping
- If the foil sticks to the sides or bottom, (and it probably will), simply use a sharp paring knife to slice away any sticky foil
- For best results, refrigerate, slice it while it's cold, then let it come to room temperature and serve
- For a super clean cut, use a large, sharp knife
- Place the knife edge straight down into the pecan bars; don't use a "sawing" motion or the pecans will crumble