These bars not only have their "roots" from the well-known pies we serve (for holidays), but with an added twist of chocolate, the Derby Pie that accompanies the Kentucky Derby celebration coming up in May. A delicious way to honor this nut and the state we call home now~North Carolina.
Carolina Pecan Pie Bars
Makes about 2 dozen bars. Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with heavy aluminum foil and spray with a nonstick spray with flour. I used my 13 x 9-inch springform pan, so I only sprayed it.
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir together until well combined. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
|I use the bottom of the measuring cup to press the crumbs!|
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups chopped pecans (measure after chopping)
1-12oz bag mini semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and corn syrups. Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla and whisk until combine. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips; gently pour the mixture over the prepared crust. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until set in the center.
These bars are a wonderful addition to the dessert table for the holidays in a bite-size replacement. We love Pecan Pie and I've certainly made a bunch, not only with my mom, but for my own family and this maybe a replacement. Enjoy!