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Caramel Pecan Bars

 Caramel Pecan Bars
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
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
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.