October 8, 2012

Pecan Bars with Almond Glaze


"The Mr." wanted some pecan bars.  

A pecan bar, huh?

Are you sure you don't want something ooey, gooey, chocolatey and smothered in frosting?

I'm sure,  I just want some pecan bars . . . he says.

I have never made, nor have I ever eaten, a pecan bar before, but it sounded boring.  Then, I found this recipe that had glaze on top.  Now that has potential.

These things are GOOD.  I'm talking so good that I was tempted to lick the top of the entire pan, so no one would eat them but ME!  On 2nd thought . . . that would have been very very bad if I would have eaten the ENTIRE PAN by MYSELF!
Pecan Bars with Almond Glaze
3 Tbl. unsalted butter, softened
3 Tbl. shortening
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. powdered sugar
3/4 c. + 1 Tbl. flour
1 egg
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. pecans, chopped

Almond Glaze:
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 Tbl. melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbl. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter, shortening and powdered sugar.  Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix until combined.  Press evenly in the bottom of an 8x8'' baking dish, that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 13 minutes.  Mix remaining 1 Tablespoon flour, egg, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and pecans together and spread evenly over the hot crust right when it comes out of the oven.  Return pan to oven and bake 20 more minutes.  While that is baking whisk together all of the glaze ingredients.  Remove the bars from the oven and pour the glaze over the top while they are still warm.  Cool completely (will take several hours) and cut into bars.    

Jenn's Notes: If you are not a fan of almond extract, use all vanilla instead.  


slightly adapted from: Our Best Bites

18 comments:

  1. My favorite season is fall! peacheslovesbeaches@yahoo.com--ebythesea on Pintrest...

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  2. My favorite thing to make in the fall is...homemade chicken pot pie!

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  3. I've never had a pecan bar, either! I love pecans tho, so I've got to give this a try!

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  4. I saw your recipe at a link party and instantly fell in love with it. It looks and sounds so delicious! I can't wait to make it :)

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  5. Looks amazing and I'm a huge fan of almond extract!

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  6. visiting from mom on timeout. this looks amazing and like it would be big trouble if you ate the whole pan yourself :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. ps. poked around some more, you have some great recipes so I started following you :)

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  7. Yummo! I'm so glad I found your link up next to mine at Classy Clutter. I'm your newest follower and am pinning this recipe. :) megan

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  8. I'm a big fan of almonds so i will stick with the almond extract and give these a go! look fabulous for this time of year or for a weekend treat! i would love you to come link them up at my recipe link up! I'd be honored! ~~katie http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/10/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-3.html

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  9. Oh my.. these are making my mouth water! They sound amazing--and so perfect for Fall! I'll be giving these bad boys a go this week :) Thanks for sharing--I'm your newest follower.

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  10. Oh My!! Are these GOOD or what? Just made them and I just MAY eat the entire pan...wonderful, thanks for sharing.

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    1. So glad you liked them, because we sure love them! - Jenn

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  11. Would one need any special equipment to make these? I'm new to baking and don't have any special gadgets yet. I guess I'm kust curious what you mean by "cream" the ingredients together.

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    1. No special equipment needed. Just make sure you have the correct size pan and a stand or hand mixer. "Cream" just means to mix the ingredients together until it is smooth and looks creamy. Let me know if you try it! - Jenn

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  12. Love pecan anything! This looks like a recipe with my name on it.

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    1. These things are SO addicting...hard to stop at one. Making them again after a LONG absence. Just as good as pecan pie if not better!

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