Hello, friends. You know when the holidays roll around and it suddenly becomes cookie and pie season? It really is the best but sometimes, just sometimes, we want something that bridges the pies and cookies and is bite sized which makes it great for those holiday parties!
That's where these chocolate pecan bars come in. You can make a batch of them with the intention of having just one but come on, 'tis the season after all, right?
Take a chocolate and pecan pie, combine them, turn them bite sized pieces and you've got chocolate pecan bars. We've been loving making these recently and in all honestly, we have to say we do love them more than a full on pie. The bars are crunchy, gooey, perfectly sweet and and have just the right amount of flakiness to them. You make then bake the crust, make the fllling and spread it evenly on your crust then bake and cut to precise squares. They're the ultimate sweet treat.
The chocolate pecan bars are heavenly but we will say that they require a bit of time given that you have to let the crust cool and there are multiple steps in the baking. But trust us, they are WORTH IT! Here are the main ingredients you'll need:
The reason why we are able to bake the dough without “blind-baking”, or having it rise too much on us is because this dough is made in the style of a Pâté Sucrée, which means “sweet dough” in French. Unlike traditional pie dough, this dough has sugar and egg yolks added to it and the butter is usually distributed more thoroughly and evenly, which limits air pockets and rising.
We also “dock” the dough, or poke holes in it in order to release steam as it bakes. By doing this, the steam can release from the dough instead of being trapped inside, causing the dough to rise when being baked.
While of course these bars will taste best fresh, you can keep them in an airtight container for up to one week at room temperature or in the fridge for up to two weeks! Looking to save them even longer? Freeze them in a freezer safe plastic bag for up to three months!
We've been seriously eating these nonstop! We saved a couple of them in the freezer and well let's just say they've now all been transferred to the fridge for daily treats.
Cheers and eat well!
Everyone loves a pecan pie but combine that with chocolate and cut into bite sized pieces and you've got yourself crunchy, gooey and flakey bites that are perfect for every occasion, especially this holiday season.
Note: Yields one 12 inch x 10 inch pan / 90 bars.
Making The Crust:
To Bake The Crust:
Making The Filling:
Baking The Filling:
Cutting The Bars:
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