Caramel Pecan Bars

Printable Recipe:  Caramel Pecan Bars

I am not much of a pecan eater. But mix them with brown sugar and butter and I am hooked.  It was all I could do to keep my spoon out of the batter for these Caramel pecan bars, “just to make sure it tasted right.”

Caramel Pecan BarsAnd as an added bonus, I was able to try out my two new Christmas presents!

Kitchen aid mixerThis is my new Kitchen aid mixer that I found at TJ Maxx for $100 off the retail price and immediately bought and told my husband he was giving to me.

Porcelain measuring cupsAnd these are the porcelain measuring cups that I also got for a bargain at TJ’s.  Now…on to this delicious recipe!

ingredients for caramel pecan barsAssemble your ingredients.  Aren’t my new measuring cups neat?

butter and sugar

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large saucepan, combine the  butter and brown sugar over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  It won’t look as though it is combined (my brown sugar stayed on the bottom but it was still fine when I mixed it all together.)

eggs and extractIn a separate bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla extract.  My new mixer gets its first try at a recipe!

flour and baking powderPlace the flour and baking powder in a bowl, and whisk with a wire whisk to combine.

butter mixture with eggsGradually add the hot sugar mixture, stirring constantly.

flour added to the butter and sugar and eggsStir in the flour mixture gradually  and mix well.  At this point it tasted like brown sugar fudge and I died and went to heaven!

Chopped pecansStir in the chopped pecans.  Lord help me.  It was all I could do to not dive right into the bowl. This lovely concoction looks and tastes just like the inside of chocolate turtles.  I was beginning to wonder if it would ever make it to the oven.

Caramel pecan bars ready to cook.Well, I actually did get it into the pan.  It was tempting but then I remembered I am on a diet!  Spread the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs and edges are crisp. Cool on a wire rack.

Caramel pecan bars Cut into bars and store in an airtight container.  They also freeze well.

Caramel Pecan BarsMakes about 2 dozen bars  about 250 calories each if you can’t help yourself or 4 dozen small bars at 125 calories each if you have will power.

Caramel Pecan Bars

Caramel Pecan Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  2. 2-1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  3. 2 eggs (I use free range but any will do)
  4. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 2 cups chopped pecans
  8. Confectioners' sugar, optional for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add the hot sugar mixture, stirring constantly.
  4. Combine the flour and baking powder; add this gradually to the butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  6. Spread the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs and edges are crisp. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen bars about 250 calories each.
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