Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars - What's for Dinner Moms

This was my favorite dessert.  I love the crunchiness of the pecans and the creaminess of the filling.  Heavenly.

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Up to 3 TBSP cold water

Filling:
3 eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecan halves, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line the bottom and sides of a 9″x13″ baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. For the crust: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter, brown sugar and salt until smooth and creamy.  Add flour, and beat until coarse crumbs form.  While the mixer is running, add 1-2 tablespoons of cold water, as needed to help form dough.  Press dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.  Prick the dough with a fork several times, randomly around the pan.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  3. For the filling: In a large bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter, and salt until well blended.  Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.  Pour filling into baked crust.  Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set.
  4. Cool completely before cutting.

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