Yum…these are addicting and as I am thrilled that Paula Deen announced her 20-City Tour yesterday, I thought I would post a recipe that I found in her Chocolate Celebration special edition magazine, to welcome her back.
Makes 2 doz bars
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter
2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided
2 (8oz) bars cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 large eggs, divided
4 (1 oz) squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teas vanilla
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×13″ baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Lightly grease the foil.
In medium bowl, combine the flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in butter (the 1/2 cup), with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped pecans.
Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat on medium speed with mixer until smooth. Add 1 egg, beating until combined. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth; pour over prepared crust.
Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.
In another medium bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, 1/3 cup melted butter and remaining 3 eggs. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups pecans. Pour oven cream cheese mixture.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is set. Let cool in pan completely before cutting into 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.
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.
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!
Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la! This day is perfect for staying home, turning the Christmas tree lights on, lighting the fireplace and just baking. It is raining and gray, so nothing puts a spark in me like dark, rainy days. I truly love them. Tomorrow I have invited the ladies from our class at church to come over for cookies and cider and was excited to hear from so many that they are coming. So today, I have baked pecan pie bars, red velvet cupcakes, peanut butter fudge, M&M cinnamon cookies, thumbprint cookies while listening to Christmas carols. What a perfect day. The
house smells like Christmas.
FYI…..thought instead of a recipe today, I would give you a couple of new decorating tidbits. Since this is a cookie party, I thought it would be cute to really forces on the cookies. I took 3 of my Christmas Cookie jars and turned them over on their sides on the table. I stuffed the jars with green/red tissue paper and have the cookies laying just inside the cookie jars and out on the tissue, like the cookie jar has turned over and the cookies are spilling out. Labels for each type of cookie are sitting at the side so guests do not have to guess if there are nuts or coconut in them. The table has 5 types of cookies, plus 2 types of candy, so it makes it look so festive on the red table cloth that is under the jars. Since I have not figured out how to post pics on here yet, will post it on FB tomorrow when I get it all done.