These pecan bars are my go-to dessert during the winter. Thanksgiving, Christmas, really any day from November to January. They are so buttery and delicious and only uses 5 ingredients! I saw Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) make these on Food Network one day and have not wanted to try another recipe for pecan bars since – even Ina Garten’s or Martha Stewart’s. And that’s saying something. This year, I made these bars for Thanksgiving, my Nanny’s Christmas party, and one day just because I was craving them. Believe me when I tell you that these pecan bars are perfect and you will have a very hard time walking by them in the kitchen and not sneaking one (or ten) of them during the day.
Pecan Bars: (Claire Robinson)
Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Servings: 25-30 bars
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, cold and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13 x 9 baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Blend flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor. Place cold butter in food processor and blend until it resembles the texture of sand. Add 2 tablespoons of cold water as needed to have dough come together. Press dough into bottom of baking dish in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes.
Cream butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the corn syrup, flour, and pecans and mix until well-combined. After the crust has cooled spread the filling on top of the crust. Make sure not to press or spread too firmly or the crust will break. It is okay if some of the crust is not covered because the filling will melt evenly once it is placed in the oven. If it does not spread evenly by itself just take the baking dish out in the middle of cooking time and spread it with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
To serve, remove from the baking dish and cut into squares with a sharp knife. Enjoy!