Lazy Pecan Pie Bars
Who says making a dessert that will make people talk has to take hours in the kitchen? It’s not me, people! When I’m in the need for that traditional Southern pecan pie flavor but don’t want to deal with making a pie crust from scratch, these Lazy Pecan Pie Bars are my first choice. They are the ideal homemade alternative without sacrificing flavor, as they are derived from the well-liked pecan pie but in the shape of bars. Imagine this: a shortbread crust that is buttery, covered with a rich, pecan-bursting filling. Delicious! When you serve them at your next family gathering or potluck, you’ll see how quickly they disappear!
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar – 1 cup all-purpose flour
- – One-fourth teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup cubed and chilled unsalted butter – 1/2 cup corn syrup
- Half a cup of sugar, grated
- Two sizable eggs
- One tablespoon of melted butter – Two tablespoons of vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups of pecans, chopped
- Set aside an 8-inch square baking sheet and line it with parchment paper, leaving a small overhang for easy removal. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Begin with the crust. Mix together flour, brown sugar, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of cold, cubed butter and chop with a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. To create a crust, firmly press this mixture into the bottom of the pan that has been prepared.
- Bake the crust until the edges are just beginning to turn brown, about 15 minutes. As the crust bakes, begin working on the filling.
- Mix the melted butter, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and corn syrup in a big bowl until well combined. Add the chopped pecans and stir.
- Evenly distribute the pecan filling after pouring it over the cooked crust.
- Place the pan back in the oven and bake until the filling is set, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then use the parchment “handles” to take them out and cut into squares.