If you are looking for a recipe to add to your playbook for your Super Bowl gathering, this is it. You do need to have something sweet to offset the chips and wings! This recipe is adapted over time from a couple I found online as an alternative to my pecan pie. I love pecan pie and these bars are now even better than my pie recipe, which is pretty good if I do say so myself. They seem like the perfect sweet treat for Sunday, as we watch our beloved Patriots take down the Atlanta Falcons. I particularly like the idea of munching on pecans, my preferred “Georgia export”, as the Patriots munch on the Falcons! Enjoy the game, go Pats!
For the crust
2 sticks of butter, softened
2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cups of whole wheat flour (can substitute white flour)
1/2 tsp. salt
For the topping
1 stick of butter
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup of honey
1 Tbsp of heavy cream + 1 Tbsp bourbon (can substitute 2 Tbsp heavy cream)
2 cups of Georgia pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
- Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour and salt and continue mixing until just crumbly (don’t over mix)
- Press the crust into the pan and bake for 20 minutes. Your crust should be a golden brown.
- While the crust bakes make your filling.
- Prepare the filling by mixing the butter, brown sugar, honey, cream and bourbon in a saucepan and stir over medium heat. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Chop pecans and stir into saucepan.
- Remove crust from the oven and immediately and the pecan filling. Pour the hot filling over the hot crust to cover the entire surface.
- Return the pan to the oven and continue baking for an additional 18-20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and cool the bars completely in the pan.
- Slice into bars and serve!
- Resist the urge to overmix the crust. We do want them to stay together, but they’re meant to be a bit crumbly too.
- I know you’ll want to dig into these immediately but the bars will cut so much cleaner and everything will keep together nicely if you let them completely cool in the pan before cutting them.
- For easier cutting and clean-up you could skip spraying your pan with cooking spray and instead line the pan with tinfoil. Just leave extra foil around all sides so you can easily lift the foil with the bars right out of the pan for cutting.