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Pecan Pie Bars are one of my husband’s favorite desserts. But I have a confession. I almost never make them for him because cleaning up the pan afterwards is a nightmare. He actually asked me to make the bars for him last Christmas and I’m just now getting around to it. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does such things?!
Since it’s been 7+ months since he asked me to make him this dessert, when we decided to host a 4th of July get-together over the weekend, I made up my mind to make him the Pecan Pie Bars for dessert – crusty pan and all.
To overcome my problem with the horribly sticky, crusty pan and make clean-up easier, I grabbed the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths while I was at Walmart picking up the ingredients (look for them on the cleaning aisle).
The dish cloths are available in 2 packs in tan, coral, and navy for just under $5.00 (they were $4.98 for me). Also look for a $1 off instant redeemable coupon available on the packaging; you can redeem the coupon at the register when you checkout (just don’t pull it off before you get to the register!).
As I mentioned before, I avoided making these bars because I knew the pan was going to require some serious scrubbing (do you see that baked onto the sides?). I’m talking way beyond what my normal dish cloth could handle. Thank goodness, the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth takes cleaning up stuck on messes to a whole new level!
One side of the cloth is a high quality fiber dish cloth, and the other side has Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots which made cleaning up baked on sugar and crust so much easier to clean.
In addition to the serious scrubbing power, the cloths also have non-scratch drying functions, so I use them to wipe down my sink and faucet when I’m done with the dishes – leaving my kitchen clean and shiny!
Now – let’s get started making the Pecan Pie Bars (full printable recipe at the bottom).
In a large bowl, add flour, butter, sugar, and salt, then mix until combined. This is a shortbread-type dough and the mixture will be dry and crumbly.
Spray a half sheet pan (13″ x 18″ x 1″) with non-stick spray, then firmly press the dough into the pan, covering the bottom (but not the sides). Bake the crust at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
While it’s cooking, you’re going to make the filling. Start by mixing together the eggs, sugar, salt and corn syrup in a medium bowl.
Then stir in the chopped pecans. And pour the filling over the baked crust:
When it’s all spread out evenly, bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
Let it cool and set for at least one hour, then cut into squares and serve!
My husband loves these for so many reasons, but he generally thinks most Pecan Pies have too much of the gooey stuff in the middle. These are perfect because they have the light buttery shortbread crust, plus a thin layer of the pecan pie “gooey” filling, then lots of crunchy pecans on top! Don’t they sound delish?
Now, before you go – I have one more little gem for you. Did you notice the “cake stand” in my pics? The one I was using as a sink organizer? Yeah – I have to tell you about it!
You see – I’m a self-proclaimed cake stand addict. I have a lot of cake stands. Dozens… seriously. And I recently saw this idea to use a cake stand as a sink organizer. How perfect is that for a cake decorator?!
Except for one problem. I genuinely love all of my cake stands and since my kids do most of the dish-washing in our house, I couldn’t bring myself to put one of my “real” cake stands next to the sink and risk them bumping it over or slamming something into it.
So what’s a girl to do? How about make an inexpensive “cake stand” that is not made out of glass and still looks super cute as a sink organizer?! That’s what I did! I used the 3 things you see above… I spent less than $6 at Walmart on a melamine (hard plastic) plate and cup, then used glue I had on hand.
This is so easy and inexpensive… the possibilities are endless! Here’s the quick tutorial:
I flipped the cup over, applied some all purpose glue to the bottom, then centered it on the plate (also flipped upside down):
I set a book on top (to weigh it down), then let it dry for 30 minutes! Done!!
I flipped that baby over and voila – a cute, functional Cake Stand Sink Organizer! Isn’t that the best?
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Alright – last, but not least, here’s the printable Pecan Pie Bars recipe for ya:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- 4 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1½ cups corn syrup
- 3 tbsp. salted butter, melted
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2½ cups chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a half sheet cake pan (13"x18"x1") with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to mix together the flour, butter, sugar, and salt. This is a shortbread dough and it will be dry and very crumbly.
- Press the dough firmly into the prepared pan, covering the bottom but not the sides.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown
- While it's baking, make the pecan pie filling by mixing together the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir in the chopped pecans.
- Pour the filling over the baked crust and spread it out evenly.
- Bake about 25 minutes or until filling is set. Allow it to cool for at least 1 hour (the filling will be set).
- Cut into squares and serve!