Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

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Caramel Pecan Pie Bars – Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars | www.diethood.com | Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.



Happy start to the week, you guys! Let’s make it a great one, starting with these Caramel Pecan Pie Bars!

Also? We have to discuss.

There’s this thing in the world… it’s called crazy Christmas shoppers!

You guys, oh my GOSH! I was run over by grandma’s reindeer, elbowed by someone’s evil twin – literally – the other twin was standing next to her and apologized – aaaaand a rude little girl shoved me to get the last Olaf 2-inch-tall toy.
What’s worse is that all this happened at a children’s toy store! You know the one…

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars | www.diethood.com | Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.

I refuse to go back out there. For now.

Should’ve stayed home and feasted on a few of these dreamy pie bars, again.

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars | www.diethood.com | Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.

The very back of my pantry is like a treasure box. The things you find in there are always just the right ingredients for something really, really bad.
And by bad, I mean something really, really GREAT! I mean gooey stuff. Chocolaty stuff. Stuff with pecans and caramel and butter.

These pie bars are the result of that stuff.

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars | www.diethood.com | Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.

The bars are simple, but decadent. With a thick layer of buttery crust, a gooey caramel filling, and some crunchy pecans on top, it’s the kind of dessert that screams for coffee, but would also settle for a cup of tea.
Eggnog is good, too. I’d dip it in there and have a wonderful time!

For the sake of Christmas, for the sake of the Season, ya gotta make this. Also, for the sake of balance, can I suggest a Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad? That’s some really good stuff, too.

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars | www.diethood.com | Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.

Have a wonderful week and call me when these are in the oven, m’kay? Thanks!

ENJOY!

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Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Buttery crust topped with a decadent caramel mixture, a layer of pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients 

  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2- cup powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks, (16 tablespoons) cold butter, cut in pieces
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 1 can, (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup caramel bits, , chopped
  • TOPPING
  • 1 bag, (4-ounces) pecan halves
  • 1/2- cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and powdered sugar.
  • Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until the butter pieces are the size of small peas.
  • Press dough into a 13x9-inch ungreased glass baking dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling.
  • In your mixer's bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg; blend for 10 seconds or until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in the chopped caramel bits.
  • Remove baking dish from oven and let stand 2 minutes.
  • Pour the filling mixture over the crust.
  • Layer pecans over the filling.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and set.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Run a butter knife around the edges of the dessert and let cool.
  • Prepare the Chocolate Drizzle:
  • Combine white chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a small bowl.
  • Microwave for 1 minute or until almost melted.
  • Stir with a spoon until chocolate is smooth.
  • Drizzle over the dessert.
  • When cooled, cut into bars and serve.

Notes

Make sure to chop the caramel bits or they won't completely melt while baking.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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28 Comments

  1. Shirley says:

    Sorry I meant the mocha peppermint squares

  2. Shirley says:

    Try it with the soft King Leo peppermint puffs crushed on top- it is perfection then!!!

  3. Grace says:

    What are caramel bits? Where can I buy those?

  4. Amanda @The Kitcheneer says:

    These bars look absolutely perfect for the holidays! Especially to feed a crowd! YUM

  5. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    ugh, Christmas shoppers are the worst! I avoid stores at all costs this time of year. Thank God for Amazon! 😉

  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I sure hope you saved me a few of these bars because it’s Wednesday and I need allll the caramel/pecan goodness I can get!

  7. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Those look like the antidote to all that crazy Christmas time shopping!