Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Pecan Pie Bites

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pecan Pie Bites

Thanksgiving is a week away and I can almost taste it! That's probably because I've been doing a trial run of recipes I want to make for this year's gathering for the past few weeks. I decided to stray away from Pinterest and pulled out my recipe folder to see what old school recipe might look interesting. I found this Pecan Pie Bar recipe in one of the pages I tore out of my Taste of Home magazine a few years back and thought I'd finally give it a try. The original recipe was actually for a double batch of Pecan Pie Bars, but we didn't need that many, so I reduced the recipe by 1/2. Additionally, I went from bar size to cutting them down even smaller to bite sized pieces simply because it makes it easier to sample the tasty treat without indulging even further on a day where you're stuffing yourself more than the turkey.

Pecan Pie Bites

Ingredients

Crust:
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Cold Butter, Cubed

Filling:
4 Eggs
1.5 Cups Sugar
1.5 Cups Corn Syrup
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
1.5 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2.5 Cups Chopped Pecans

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10x15 baking pan. (You might want to line your pan with greased parchment paper that overlaps the sides of the pan for easy removal. I did not use any and had one hell of a time getting my bars out of the pan, even though I greased it really well before putting the crust down.) Bake crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until edges start to brown and bottom is set.

For filling: Combine eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are firm and center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bite size pieces (or bars, like the original recipe called for). Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For kicks and giggles, I did leave a few into bar size for Jason to take to work this week.

Pecan Pie Bars


What's going on your Thanksgiving dessert table this year?


31 comments:

  1. My dad LOVES pecan pie, so I think I shall make him some of these when he comes over next week for Thanksgiving.

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  2. Oh my goodness - those look divine!!! My mom is planning on making something similar, but I may hint at her trying this recipe instead. :)

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    1. Forgot the rest - we are not only having my parents come to our house this year, but my best friend and her family. So...we will have a house full. :) We will have turkey, gravy, dressing, collard greens, broccoli casserole, sweet potato pie, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and rolls. For snacking before/after the feast - sausage and cheese dip, and deviled eggs. For dessert cherry cheese pie, and pecan bars - may try a pumpkin crunch cake recipe I just found on another blog recently. Also plan on serving up apple cider/coffee with dessert...anyway, it will all be good. :) My parents don't drink at all, and although my husband likes his beer, I only partake on rare occasions...but my best friend found an amazing white martini that I think we may try later in the evening. It looks amazing!

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    2. Can I come to your place? That all sounds amazing!!!

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    3. It was awesome - and my mom made the pecan pie bars using this recipe!! Oh my yumm!!!! They were amazing and will be made again!!!

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  3. A thousand times yes! I live in the south, and we love our pecan pie. I can't wait to give this recipe for your bites a try.

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  4. A couple of bites and they can be gone indeed, maybe a few haha

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  5. looks massively nom nom! We have a similar pie here called 'fluffy pie' in which part of the crust is grated over the ground walnuts mixed with sugar and apricot jam and then baked.

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    1. You bake the crust separately then grate over the pie? Or you just use some of the crust dough to grate over the pie before baking? Either way, that sounds nom nom too!

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    2. No, you use two thirds for the bottom, then the filling ,and than you grate the last third on top so that it looks a bit hedgehoggy :) thus the name fluffy pie :) It works well with these crusts, especially when you don't have enough crust to spread on top, and you can also keep it in a freezer for ten minutes if it is too soft to grate.

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    3. Ah, I see! You know, crust is usually one of my favorite parts of pie, so that sounds like something I would totally love!

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    4. I will send you the recipe at Facebook, because it is really one of my fave cakes of that kind and you do love nuts and this one can be made with any of them :)

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    5. PS in my country pies usually mean something with upper and bottom crust, not just the bottom one, so you would love most of our pies. Sour cherry pie is our national desert.

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    6. Yes, I'd love the recipe! I'll be looking for it over at Facebook :)

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  6. Oh those look amazing!! I was looking for something to serve on thanksgiving! This would be perfect, yummy!!

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  7. These look so good! I love pecan pie in any shape or form!

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  8. These bites sound so delicious! It would be hard to stop at one. I love a good pecan pie.

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  9. Yum! These sound so amazingly good. I love pecan pie but these sound even better.

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  10. We always do the classic pumpkin pie but I also like to make peanut butter bars since my husband has a love for all things peanut butter.

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  11. I am not a nut lover. But these look very good and I'd happily put them on my Thanksgiving table for the nut lover.

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  12. Now this looks so good! It would be perfect for the holidays, I'm going to try this!

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  13. Wow these look delicious! What a treat for nut lovers, great way to use those leftover pecan pie nuts

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  14. YUM! I love pecans and this looks like a super tasty dessert that I need to make.

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  15. Crunch is what I love in Pecan Pie Bites, it looks good and perfect snacka in midnight.

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  16. Yummo! These pecan pie bites look so yummy! Great for Thanksgiving

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  17. I love this idea as an alternative to Pecan Pie. By the time the pie rolls around after Thanksgiving I'm stuffed. But 1/2 of one of these would be perfect.

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  18. Oh boy do these look good! I am the only one who likes pecans, so Iwould bave them all to myself lol

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  19. I never make the dessert, guests bring that. I will cook but I don't particularly find baking enjoyable! These look great, hope someone brings those along when the come this year! LOL :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  20. Oh do I ever love pecans! These look so good. I would love to make these for my family, I know they'd really love and appreciate this treat! - Jeanine

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  21. Those look amazingly delicious. My son just hand picked and cracked pecans. May have to use them in a recipe like this.

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