Pecan Pie Bars
Rich and flavorful Pecan Pie Bars with a sugar cookie crust and pecan filling sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup and honey and smothered with pecans. If you love Pecan Pie, you'll love these Pecan Pie Bars!
Servings 12 -18
- For the Crust:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine , cut up
- For the Topping:
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 cups chopped pecans
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl; cut in 3/4 cup butter thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture resembles very fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13" x 9" pan, using a piece of plastic wrap to press crumb mixture firmly in pan. Bake at 350° for 17 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
To prepare the filling, place medium saucepan on stove top. Combine butter, brown sugar, honey and maple syrup and stir over medium heat. Add cream/milk and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Stir in chopped pecans and stir well. Remove crust from oven and pour pecan filling evenly over the top of the cookie crust, spreading what mixture you can with a spatula. Return dish to the oven and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes. Be careful not to overcook because the cookie may come out hard. Allow to cool for about 30 minute to an hour before cutting.