If you have followed my blog for very long you know that I believe in eating healthy 80% of the time and allowing a little room for sweet treats now and then. If I am going to indulge I want it to be something incredible and worthy of those extra calories.These pecan bars fit all of those requirements!
Over 20 years ago when we lived in Iowa our friend and neighbor Kay made these for a 4th of July get together and I had to have the recipe! They are like little squares of pecan pie but even better because they aren’t overly sweet. Rich with pecans, nuts and coconut makes every morsel a decadent indulgence.
Last summer I took a tray of these to a picnic and when it came time to leave people were scooping up the last of these bars to eat just one more and asking me for the recipe! I am posting it today for those of you who are looking for something special to make for your Easter gathering. These are best made when you can share them with others and not end up having any left to tempt you – trust me when I tell you they will all be gone in no time flat!
Chewy Pecan Bars
- 1 cup Sifted Flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix flour with brown sugar, cut in butter using a pastry blender. Press into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- Beat eggs and brown sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
- In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, stir with a wire whisk, mix into egg mixture, stir until combined, and add pecans and coconut. Pour over crust and continue to bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into 32 squares.
These are very rich so a little is all you need!
Cut into 32 pieces, Per Serving: 119 Calories; 6g Fat (47.7% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 15g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 21mg Cholesterol; 68mg Sodium. Old WWP 3 / New WWPP 3
Cut into 24 pieces Per Serving: 159 Calories; 9g Fat (47.7% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 28mg Cholesterol; 91mg Sodium. Old WWP 4 / New WWPP 5
Kay if you are reading this – thank you for this awesome recipe! I still think of you every time I make these.
Edited to say; I pushed publish too quickly! I wanted to point out that I posted my favorite pork roast recipe, lemon bar recipe and potato casserole in the feature post section at the top of this page. They would all be awesome dishes to make for Easter!
After I get this post up I am taking a little time off from blog work! I need a change of pace. Lunch out with a friend and my first trip to Sprouts is on my agenda today. I’ll let you know what I find at Sprouts!
My favorite guilty pleasures historically have included chocolate but in recent months my taste buds seem to be changing and I seem to gravitate towards lemon type desserts.
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