I made these yummy and nutty pecan pie bars to take over to my boyfriend's mom because she doesn't like chocolate or any desserts that are too sweet. Usually, I bake sweets that have chocolate in them because I absolutely love chocolate and when I take them over his mom always says I never make anything for her! So, she told me one of her favorites is pecan pie and I decided to make these really simple and really, really good (as his dad told me) pecan pie bars. They had a soft, yet, firm crust with a filling that was both smooth and crunchy; the filling had a smooth, buttery, and caramelly filling and a crunch from the nutty and buttery pecans! These little bars were enjoyed by his family and are delicious served by themselves or served with some ice cream!
For the crust:
-3/4 cup flour
-1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened
-2 tablespoons brown sugar, tightly packed
For the filling:
-1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
-1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
-1 tablespoon butter, melted
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 8x8 inch baking pan.
2. For the crust, mix together the flour, butter, and brown sugar until crumbly. Press mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
3. For the filling, beat eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and vanilla with a whisk. Stir in the pecans and pour over baked crust, evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set (start checking at about 15 minutes and if the edges are browning too much, cover with foil).
4. Cool completely on wire rack and cut into bars and serve.