Buttery Pecan Pie Bars

IngredientsCrust:

  • 1 1/4 cups  unsalted butter  (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup  granulated sugar 
  • 2  large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon  kosher salt 

PROMOTED CONTENT

  • 1 cup  unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup  light corn syrup or maple syrup 
  • 1 1/4 cups  light brown sugar  (packed)
  • 1/2 cup  cornstarch 
  • 4  egg yolks 
  • 1/2 cup  heavy cream 
  • 1 pound  pecans  (roasted and chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust:

  1. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter on low speed until just combined.
  5. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 9×13-inch baking pan, if the dough is too sticky, sprinkle lightly with flour. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is just set. Allow to cool, otherwise, when you add the filling it may let the crust.

Topping:

  1. In a small bowl, add brown sugar, cornstarch and salt, whisk to combine.
  2. Place a saucepan over low medium heat, add the sugar mixture to it.
  3. Whisk in the egg yolks quickly, maple syrup and cream, until smooth. Stir continuously and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens like a pudding, 5-10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in the cold diced butter until fully melted.
  6. Fold in roasted, chopped pecans and vanilla extract.
  7. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling, is set.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully. Refrigerate until cold, for about 4-6 hours. Cut into bars and serve.

Base Recipe adapted from site