Sunday, March 23, 2014

AMAZING!!! German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

     My husband smiles as he is grabbing one of these from the container(again), he states, "This has got to be what being addicted to crack feels like."  I am going to accept that as an extreme compliment that he adores the dessert I made this weekend.  He doesn't even like coconut!

     Dropping these off at a fundraiser this weekend, I chastise myself that I have a habit of preparing food items I have never tested on my family first and taking them to important events.
  But these Rock!
     If you are a fan of German chocolate cake and pecan pie, this is a perfect combination of heaven.  You may just fall over from the immense pleasure of consuming this.

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars:
    • 3 cups pecan halves
    • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 & 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • 3 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350°.
    Arrange pecans in a single layer of a shallow baking pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

    Spray baking dish with oil.

    Combine together flour, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Add cold butter.  Mix together.(I mixed mine in my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment)   Press mixture into bottom and about 3/4-inch up sides of prepared pan. 

    Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over crust. Allow to cool on a wire rack at least 30 minutes. 

    Place eggs in a large mixing bowl, and beat lightly. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Combine together until smooth. Stir in coconut and pecans.(still used paddle attachment) Pour evenly over partially baked crust.   

    Bake 30 minutes or until edges are golden and filling has set.

    Refrigerate 1 hour before serving or let this set on it's own like a pecan pie.

    Now dig in!!!  


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