Pecan Prailine Bars

by Heather on May 4, 2010

These bars would make Paula Deen proud (whose restaurant I want to visit one day). They totally scream the South and I loved every bite of them. I would love to live in the South if we could- the homes are adorable, the people I’ve met have been so nice and genuine,  and I can’t complain one bit about their food! Although, as Alex likes to remind me, I don’t know if I could handle those humid summers. But, the idea of living there is quite charming. Oh, and how can I forget their accents! I can’t get enough of them :)

Anyway, at least these bars brought me closer to the South for the time being. I found the recipe in my Taste of Home Cookies cookbook. I still love all things from Taste of Home. This book has more cookie recipes than I’ll ever be able to try and quite a few pictures, too. The original name of these are praline brownies, but to me a brownie needs some kind of chocolate, so I changed them to bars. The reader who submitted this is from North Carolina, so maybe brownies have a more universal meaning out there?

These bars are extremely decadent and delightful.  One tip I learned is to make sure the middle is done and not too gooey. I had a bit of a mess when cutting the bars because I took them out of the oven a few minutes too soon. They would be made even more perfect with vanilla ice cream while sitting on a wrap-around front porch during a lazy Sunday afternoon. Or, eaten by themselves in a northern California apartment :)

Pecan Praline Bars, adapted from Taste of Home Cookies

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, divided

2 tablespoons evaporated milk

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and milk. Stir over low hear just until butter is melted. Pour into an ungreased 8 inch square baking pan; sprinkle evenly with the pecans.

In a small bowl, cream the 2 cups brown sugar and remaining butter; add eggs. Stir in flour, vanilla and salt until moistened. Spread over pecans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until bars test done. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before inverting onto a tray or serving plate. Cool slightly before cutting. Makes 16 bars.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Cookie May 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

I love Taste of Home recipes too! I have their Best Loved Cookies and Bars magazine from the holidays and have tried a few of them. Pecan and praline is one of my favorite combinations and I can’t wait to try these!

Courtney May 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Yum these look delicious! I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! And by the way, I totally agree with you about Paula Deen’s restaurant and the south. I want to go so bad someday! We were hoping to get down there to visit Paul and Eryn and sadly it never happened. Oh well, one day!

Naomi May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I HAVE tried these and they ARE delicious. I would put them in the category of “Recipes to wow guests”

Indigo May 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

These look stunning and I think I’d love them – but TWO AND A HALF CUPS of sugar in an 8″ pan? Aren’t they obcenely sweet? I’d love to know, cause apart from that they’re completely my cup of tea – I’m torn over whether to make them today or not!

Shauna from Piece of Cake May 5, 2010 at 7:24 am

Ooh, so perfect! I think I’m going to have to check out this cookbook. Wow!

Heather May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

Yes they are quite sweet! You could probably lower the amount of sugar by a half cup or so and be fine.

oc2seattle May 5, 2010 at 8:41 am

These look so great! Really, is there anything better than pecans in sweets?

A Little Yumminess May 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I like anything pecan…I am not a great baker but will try these!

Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie May 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

yumm… gooeyness is good!

Bibi May 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

They look so delicious and sinful.

Pachecopatty May 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

These bars could make you a lot of friends and I’m one of them!

alli May 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

hey there! i found your blog through caitlin at HTP.
your recipes looks amazing! i’ll be getting some great ideas from here i can already tell :)

Brie May 11, 2010 at 7:06 am

wow, these look so gooey and delicious! i also want to visit her restaurant one day!

DessertForTwo June 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Yes, the South is lovely! Can you hear my accent from over there? 😉

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies August 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

I made these for my Secret Recipe Club Post! Yummo!

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