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.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
(adapted from Sweet Betweens and Just a Taste)
Makes one 9x13 pan
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)
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
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.