Caramel Pecan Bars Recipe
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Caramel Pecan Bars Recipe

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This pecan bar recipe won first place at a cookie contest held where I work. These rich bars really capture the flavor of pecan pie. —Emma Manning, Crossett, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 124 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. In a small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla. Gradually add hot sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs and edges are crisp. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Pecan Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p86

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 124 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Caramel Pecan Bars

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"These are so yummy! My husband asked if I'd make them again because I'd taken them to a meeting and he hadn't gotten enough! They were very easy as well."

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"So easy and yummy!!"

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013 Edited Sep. 18, 2014

"Toasted the pecans (5 minutes at 350 degrees) and cooled them before adding. Mixed it all in the saucepan I melted the butter. Took about 35-40 minutes to bake in a 10 x 10 pan. Cut beautifully, tasted amazing - a keeper! 5 stars!"

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Very good and quick to make. Just made them for the second time and added chopped dates. I think you could also add coconut."

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"This is a easy, relatively quick recipe to make. I made it by the recipe the first time and wonder if the sugar really needs to be dissolved in the butter prior to mixing everything together. It doesn't need to be done in brownies and this is a brownie without the chocolate. My husband really liked it but I would prefer it to be sweeter. It sounds unbelievable with over 2 cups of sugar it didn't really taste sweet to me. The flavor was good so I will try mixing it like I do brownies to save cleaning a pan. We loved the 2 cups of pecans. I may frost them with homemade caramel icing."

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