RECIPE: Nutkrack Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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RECIPE: Nutkrack Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

A customer challenged us to make bars as good as the ones he brought in to the shop — he called his "Ideal Bars" after a neighborhood tavern. If you know the place, you know why the name fits. With a shortbread crust and a gooey chewy filling, these bars are so good that maybe you can hold on and wait until a real chocolate pecan pie comes along! They are not difficult to make and are a great dessert or snack. Use Classic Nutkrack or try Firekracker for a more unusual twist!

Thank you to Jonathan Weerts for the inspiration! Follow him on IG @weertsj

Nutkrack Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

    Filling

    3 eggs
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup light corn syrup
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    1 cup raw pecan halves, coarsely chopped
    1 cup Classic Nutkracker or Firekracker pecans, coarsely chopped
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped dark chocolate chunks
    1/2 cup milk chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chunks
    For finishing – whole Classic Nutkrack or Firekracker pecans for the top of bars

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9-inch square glass baking pan with parchment, and grease well and leave extra at edges to lift bars out of pan.
    2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.
    3. Cut cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
    4. With your fingers or the bottom of a spoon, press crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    5. Bake the crust until edges are golden colored, about 15-17 minutes.
    6. Remove crust from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack to cool slightly while making the filling.
    7. In a large bowl, mix eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well combined. Mixing by hand or with a stand mixer works fine for this, but it should be mixed well.
    8. Add both chocolates, raw pecans, and Nutkrack and/or Firekracker pecans; spread filling evenly over crust.
    9. Cover pan lightly with foil.
    10. Bake for 30 minutes, then carefully remove foil.
    11. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until filling has set.
    12. Place pan on a wire rack to cool. Press Nutkrack or Firekracker pecan halves into the top of bars, then cool completely before cutting into 9-12 squares.

     

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