Texas Pecan Pie Bars

This recipe needed reposting after taking them to a social last Wed evening. I watched as ladies would take a bite and hear their, “oh my gosh, who brought these?” They were the hit of the night. So different from regular pecan pie bars. A great dessert for any Christmas party, or for those nights when you are sitting by the Christmas tree, wrapping presents and want something delish!

This recipe is from a cookbook called The Pastry Queen, given to me by a dear friend that brought this cookbook back to me from the Hill country around Austin, Texas.
These have become a favorite anytime I take them anywhere. Very much like pecan pie, except the coconut and brown sugar adds such a chewy texture.
Crust
1 1/2 (12 tables) unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 teas salt
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking pan with butter or Pam.
Using a mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed about 1 min. Add the sugar and beat about 1 min, until fluffy. Add the flour and salt; mix on low speed until evenly incorporated but still crumbly. Press the mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 15 min, or until golden…do not over bake.
Leave oven on 350.
Filling:
4 large eggs
3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tables unsalted butter, melted
1 tables vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teas salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until blended. Stir in the butter and vanilla, flour andy salt; then the coconut and pecans. Pour the filling over the crust, spreading evenly. Bake until set, 25-30 min depending upon your oven. Cool thoroughly at least one hour before cutting.
*I store these in the fridge in a sealed tupperware container, taking them out just about an hour before serving them. They do “ooze” a little bit of the filling, but that’s what makes them like pecan pie. So grab your fork and a little whipping cream and sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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