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Pecan Praline Bars

by Laura

If you love pecans, you have to give this recipe at try. I saw this recipe for pecan praline bars this last week on a local show called Studio 5. I absolutely love pecans and pecan pie, so this recipe called my name.

I had everything on hand to make this so, I gave this a try today and it was delicious. I even got my whole family to give it a try. They usually turn there nose up at anything with nuts in it. They all ate it and all enjoyed it. That was a huge accomplishment at this house. Good thing I only made a half recipe too. I know myself too well and the leftovers would have been too much of a temptation. These pecan praline bars would have been calling my name later tonight.

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Pecan Praline Bars


Ingredients

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  • ½ c. butter (no substitutes), room temperature
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 ½ c. large pecan halves
  • Topping
  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by lining the pan with aluminum foil large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Run a little bit of tap water into the pan to wet it all over. Pour out all but about a tablespoon of the water (the water helps to hold the foil in place). Then place the foil in the pan and press it against the bottom and sides. Do not butter the foil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft. Add salt, brown sugar and flour and beat for a minute or two, until the ingredients form tiny crumbs that will hold together when you press the mixture between your fingers. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the mixture to form a level layer in the pan, and then press down firmly to form a compact layer. Let stand.
  4. Place the pecan halves touching each other – flat sides down – all in the same direction, to cover the bottom layer. (For a time saver, you could also just chop the pecans and sprinkle them, but using half pecans gives a prettier presentation.)
  5. Place the topping ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir over high heat until mixture comes to a hard boil all over the surface. Continue to stir over the heat for 30 seconds longer. Remove the pan from heat and pour the hot mixture all over the pecans, trying to coat the entire surface.
  6. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes. Remove and cool. When cool, refrigerate for at least an hour. You can pull the entire pan of cookies out by the foil, peel the foil off, and cut into bars. Serve at room temperature.
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Kim December 19, 2009 - 10:59 am

These are in the oven as we speak. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

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angie July 25, 2008 - 1:25 pm

Oh how I love pecans. This recipe looks great.

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Michelle July 24, 2008 - 6:39 pm

Kudos to you for being smart enough to only make a half batch! They look beautiful! And yummy.

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Jen July 24, 2008 - 4:46 pm

Oh my word that looks devine! I am going to try that maybe even tonight.
Your blog is awesome. Great recipes!

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Tam July 24, 2008 - 3:32 pm

I have to agree with LULA. Southerns love some praline and pecans!

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sassy stephanie July 24, 2008 - 12:06 pm

I love love love pecans but not the sticky goo of pecan pie. This looks like a good alternative for me. Thanks for sharing and congrats on earning the spotlight today!

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lfamily5 July 24, 2008 - 11:23 am

For the nut lovers in my family- I will have to try! Congrats again!

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Stephanie July 24, 2008 - 9:19 am

And it’s fat free!!! Awesome….. 🙂

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greedygrace July 24, 2008 - 9:15 am

Oh, so good, so naughty!

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Amy July 24, 2008 - 8:32 am

I love pecan pralines, my mouth is watering 🙂

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Rhea July 24, 2008 - 8:19 am

I love it when recipes call my name…and even more when yummy desserts are calling me as well.

Enjoy your Saucy Chef day!

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Sherri - KaysvilleMomma July 24, 2008 - 8:05 am

I need a good excuse to make this!!!!

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Deanna July 24, 2008 - 8:00 am

Oh, yum! Lula is right. A southern girl’s ears perk up at the sound of a praline!

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Melissa Lester July 24, 2008 - 7:54 am

You had me at pecans!

Congrats on the feature! You have a lovely blog.

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Mrs4444 July 24, 2008 - 7:18 am

Yesterday, I went to visit an old friend’s husband (my friend passed away on Monday). Del was doing okay, all things considered. While I was there, he mentioned that he has always loved pecan pie but that his wife would never make it for him. Guess what I’m going to make for him this week? Thanks for the recipe!

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Mommy's Kitchen July 24, 2008 - 6:48 am

Oh My I love pecans and i love prailines and i love pecan pie. Those look to die for. Great recipe. Congrats on featured chef.

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Veronica July 24, 2008 - 6:17 am

My kids don’t usually like things with nuts either, but these almost look like candy so they might just go for them. I know my H and I would love them!

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Lula! July 24, 2008 - 5:26 am

When a southern belle hears “pecan” and “praline” in the same recipe, she starts running. And yes, I’m running…to make this!

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Karen July 23, 2008 - 10:59 pm

This looks good as well.

I love baking, but don’t like keeping it in the house because it’s too tempting.

As a result,my friends, my neighbours and my husband’s workmates quite like it when I decide to bake. They get the fruits of my labours…

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