In looking for a new cookie recipe to try, I came across these pecan pie bars. And since Thanksgiving is just a few days away, it seemed a fitting thing to attempt. I have always loved pecan pie, but of course, haven’t eaten any in years since going gluten free.
These are so fun because you can just pick them up as opposed to needing a fork like you do with traditional pecan pie. I altered the original recipe a bit, by subbing brown rice flour for the all purpose flour and by adding extra pecans. I hate when I see a pecan pie that is skimpy on the pecans. So sad!
Anyway, I hope you give these a try. They were super easy to make. And everyone who tried them thought they were fabulous. Perhaps these would be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving spread? Let me know if you try them and how they turn out.
Pecan Pie Bars (Gluten Free or Regular)
2 cups all-purpose flour (Or white or brown rice flour for Gluten Free)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter (10 2/3 TBSP)
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chopped pecans (the original recipe called for 1 2/3 cups pecans but I always like extra so I increased them)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with heavy foil and spray with cooking spray.
2.In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt. Cut in 2/3 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can use a pastry blender or just two knives. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the prepared pan, and press in firmly.
3.Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
4.While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, corn syrup, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the chopped pecans. Spread the filling evenly over the crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.
5.Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until set. I usually like things on the rare side and a little gooey but these you want cooked all the way through so make sure the middle is set. If the top starts getting to browned cover with aluminum foil.
6.Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into bars with a sharp knife.