November 5, 2015

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

A spin on classic pecan pie with a chocolate crust and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.




Bart isn't the world's biggest fan of pecan pie. (I don't think it's so much that he dislikes it as much as he'd always choose something else). 

But he is the world's biggest fan of chocolate, so I knew if I added chocolate to some pecan pie, he might be willing to take one for the team and eat some.

I wasn't wrong.

And let the record show that I was more than happy to take one for the team too.

A spin on classic pecan pie with a chocolate crust and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
(adapted from Sweet Betweens and Just a Taste

Makes one 9x13 pan

CRUST:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, chilled
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

FILLING:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup honey or light corn syrup
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups chopped pecans

TOPPING:
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil, leaving extra hanging over the sides so you can use it as handles to lift the bars out afterward. Spray the foil well with cooking spray.

In a food processor, mix the flour, cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add the butter and pulse just until it forms a coarse meal. Press it into the bottom of the baking pan, going slightly up the sides (a 1/4 inch or so).

Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and immediately sprinkle with the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes until the chocolate chips are melted then remove and spread the chocolate smoothly across the crust. Put it in the fridge to cool while you prepare the filling.

In a medium sauce-pan over medium-high heat, stir the butter, sugar, honey and cream together until melted. Simmer for one minute, then add the pecans. Pour over the cooled filling, spreading for even coverage and then bake for 20 minutes.

When the bars are done, sprinkle the last cup of chocolate chips evenly over the top and then let cool completely in the pan (you can put them in the fridge to speed them up). Remove from pan, slice into bars, and serve.

A spin on classic pecan pie with a chocolate crust and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

8 comments:

  1. This looks amazing. I love pecan pie, and I love pecan pie with chocolate chips baked in even more.

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  2. How could you go wrong by adding chocolate to pecan pie? Sounds amazing! I might have to make this for thanksgiving.

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  3. These look incredible... and put all the Halloween candy I've been eating to shame.

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  4. my husband's birthday is this Saturday and he asked for a chocolate cake on Saturday and a second one on Sunday. I think I will substitute this recipe for one of those chocolate cakes!

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