German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars

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If you are a fan of German chocolate cake and pecan pie, then you will like these. They are somewhat of a fusion of the two. They are very sweet, (a bit too sweet for me) but they are delicious and would be a fun dessert to have around Thanksgiving if you are bored of the pie thing. I halved the recipe (8×8 pan) and cut the bars into small squares, but I included the recipe in its entirety here (9×13 pan).

from: Southern Living September 2012
makes: about 2 dozen

3 cups pecan halves and pieces
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup (12 tablespoons) cold butter, cubed
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate morsels

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup butter, melted
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6-8 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Line bottom and sides of a 13-x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty  aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil.

Pulse flour and next 3 ingredients in a food processor 5 to 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. (I added another tablespoon of butter when I made it, because it still seemed a bit dry and didn’t press together enough imo.) Press mixture on bottom of prepared pan.

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Bake crust at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle chocolate morsels over crust. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

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Whisk together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients until smooth. Stir in coconut and toasted pecans, and spoon evenly into prepared crust.

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Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Chill 1 hour. Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Transfer to a cutting board; cut into bars.

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*For a spirited kick, whisk a few tablespoons of your favorite bourbon into brown sugar mixture in step 5.  (I didn’t choose to do this, but I will definitely try it next time.)

 

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