Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays with their loved ones and eating lots of delicious foods. With all of the potlucks with friends and family lately, this holiday season has sure been filled with plates of yummy foods. It’s time to start going back to the gym! I’m still quite burnt out from all of the Thanksgiving cooking and holiday cookie baking that making a very easy dessert for Christmas was a must. I decided on making these pecan bars. They’re so chewy, buttery, stress free, and simple to make. Chocolate can be drizzled over the top to make them look fancy or even dipped.
Chewy Pecan Bars
Servings: about 24 3″x2″ pieces
1 C. butter, softened
2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
2-2/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1 C. light brown sugar, packed
1/3 C. honey
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 C. chopped roasted pecans
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a 9″x13″ pan with foil or parchment letting a couple inches hang over the sides.
In a large bowl or mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough becomes crumbly.
Pour the dough out into the pan and firmly press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
In a medium pot, melt the butter and add the sugar, honey, and heavy cream. Evenly stir so everything gets combined. Continue to stir until the mixture starts to simmer. Turn the heat off and pour the pecans into the mixture.
When the crust is done, immediately pour the pecan mixture into the pan and evenly distribute it over the crust. Bake for another 20 minutes.
Allow the pecan bars to fully cool down before pulling out of the pan. Taking it out of the pan while still hot will cause the pecan bars to fall apart.
Cut into desired size.