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Episode 34

How to Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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I'm always biting off more than I can chew when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving. Cooking for 20 people is physically exhausting, so I’m always looking for easy-ish recipes that I can prep in advance so I can actually spend the holiday with my family rather than in the kitchen. This year’s revelation? These chocolate pecan pie bars. They’re simple to make, using ingredients I typically already have on hand and do not require getting flour all over my kitchen to roll out pie crust. And tbh, chocolate and pecan pie is just a match made in heaven! The warmth of the cinnamon-caramel notes of the pie filling with the richness of dark chocolate creates a combo that just cannot be beat!

As for making this recipe, it’s honestly foolproof. If you follow the steps, you’ll end up with a delicious shortbread crust topped with a custardy pecan and chocolate filling. Make it a day or two before the big day, then you’ll just have to slice and drizzle with chocolate before serving.

It’s time to raise the bar for your Thanksgiving desserts!

These Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are brought to you from FeedfeedBrooklyn in our Test Kitchen Sponsored by GE Profile’s Smart Appliances.

Details

Prep time 20mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 24

Recipe

For the Crust

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/ 2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/ 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 3/ 4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/ 2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups dark chocolate, chopped and divided
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Flaked salt, for garnish

Method

  • Step 1

    Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment. In a food processor, combine crust ingredients and pulse until a dough comes together. Press into prepared baking pan in an even layer and dock with fork. Parbake in the oven for 10 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, prepare the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together sugars with butter, vanilla and salt until smooth. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated, then fold in pecans, 1 cup chopped dark chocolate and milk chocolate chips. Pour over crust and spread in an even layer. Bake until just set, 20-25 minutes then let cool completely.

  • Step 3

    Transfer to a cutting board and slice into bars. Melt the remaining 1 cup dark chocolate and drizzle over top, then garnish with flaky salt and serve.