Well this is unusual for me. I made something with nuts! I had a large Costco size bag of pecans that I wanted to use up. I had bought it before Christmas but didn't get around to using more than a quarter of the bag. This recipe looked delicious yet simple. And it was....both delicious and simple. The only thing that I might, might change, would be to add more syrup to the pecan mixture. I would probably make about 1.5 recipes of the syrup mixture before adding the 3.5 cups of pecans. It's delicious as is, but a bit more gooey-ness might be better.
This is the 3rd recipe in a row that I've posted, that has come from myrecipes.com. It's not that I'm particularly crazy about that site. I just happened to come across 3 awesome recipes that I wanted to try and they all turned out perfect. That's unusual! I have had more than my fair share of flops. That's for sure.
Basically, these bars are like little pecan pies in a square. The recipe calls for honey but I'm sure corn syrup would work just as well. In fact, I might even like corn syrup better. I'm not that fond of baking with honey but I used it anyway. The crust on these bars is very basic but very crispy, delicious & buttery. The recipe says to let the crust cool before pouring on the filling but I poured the filling in right when the crust came out of the oven and it turned out fine.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
Sift together 2 cups flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Cut in 3/4 cup softened butter using a pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture on bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool.
Bring brown sugar, honey, 2/3 cup butter, and whipping cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in pecans, and pour hot filling into prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.