Make Mine Pecan

Text and photos by Pam Hoenig

I am a huge fan of pecans (and pecan pie), so deciding to make Pecan-Caramel Bars from How to Bake Everything was a total no-brainer.

I’ve never made layered bars before and it ended up being a snap. A buttery dough with just a bit of sugar gets pressed into the bottom of a 9-inch square pan, then baked until the edges brown and pull away from the pan, about 15 minutes.

And that’s the time it takes to cook the caramel—butter, brown sugar, and honey boiled until thickly bubbling.

Pull the pot off the heat, carefully stir in a bit of cream, then the chopped pecans. Pour the molten mixture over the cookie crust, then pop the pan back into the oven until the topping looks set, with a few popped air bubbles (they make little craters). Let it cool completely before slicing into pieces—these are so rich, cut them small. It’s a perfect choice for a holiday cookie plate!

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7 Comments

  1. Need to try this

  2. Dan said...

    That looks amazing … I’ll have to try them sometime in the New Year!

  3. sujata said...

    Looks appetizing and attractive, how about adding a detailed list of ingredients to the text.

    • Pam Hoenig said...

      Hi Sujata,

      In the first sentence, “Pecan-Caramel Bars” is a live link to the recipe; here it is:
      http://markbittman.com/recipe/pecan-caramel-bars/

      Hope you enjoy them!

      Pam

      • Jamie said...

        This is my first sentence, so I see no ingredients list either – “I am a huge fan of pecans (and pecan pie), so deciding to make Pecan-Caramel Bars from How to Bake Everything was a total no-brainer.” Jamie

  4. Pam Hoenig said...

    Hi Jamie,

    The “Pecan-Caramel Bars” in that sentence is a live link to the recipe; just click on it and it will open the recipe.

    Pam

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