Recently, when I was trying to think of things I love that can be translated to a baked recipe, I thought about butter pecan ice cream, and how great it would be to capture that flavor in a bar cookie. I decided against brown sugar, which would lend too dark a flavor and disguise the butter flavor I was looking for, but I also didn't want a soft, cake bar. To get a firmer texture, I decided to adapt a traditional chocolate chip cookie bar recipe by eliminating the brown sugar and replacing it with granulated sugar. With two bars of butter, eggs with bright yolks, and a drop or three of yellow food coloring, the batter looked like butter pecan ice cream! I folded in the precious pecans figuring that this batter is worthy of their presence (they are expensive right now - I paid about $7.00 for a 9 oz. bag!).
Here's the recipe. Hope you love it!
BUTTER PECAN BARS
Original recipe by Adirondack Baker
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
Butter or spray an 13x9-inch baking pan (I used a non-stick pan with spray)
1/2 lb. unsalted butter at room temperature (2 bars)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I like a lot, you can use a little less)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I like King Arthur)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
up to 1 1/2 cups pecan halves (they're expensive, use what you feel is best)
In large mixer bowl, cream butter until nice and smooth. Add sugar and beat until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract.
To bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. On very low speed (careful not to blast the flour out of the bowl) mix until dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
Stir in pecan halves.
Press dough into pan, evening it out with your finger tips (dust fingers with flour). Press in a couple more pecans on top, just so it looks pretty.
Bake for 20 minutes or until top begins to puff up and brown just a bit. I had to keep mine in a few more minutes - depends on how your own oven works.
Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into squares and enjoy!
|Beautiful Butter Pecan Bars! I think you'll love them!|
|Henry, who prefers chocolate chip cookies over pecan bars - oh well!!!|
|Berner puppy Freya, almost 3 months old!|