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Caramel Pecan Bars

Caramel Pecan Bars are your delicious replacement for pecan pie! These bars are packed with caramel and pecans, they are ooey gooey and perfectly baked. Perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert spread!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make caramel pecan bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 412.78kcal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp salted butter melted

Topping

  • 3/4 cup sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

Make the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, brown sugar and butter. Beat at medium speed until fine crumbs form. Press into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.

Make the Topping

  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring, until bubbly and thickened. This will take 6-7 minutes. Add the cream and cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer inserted in the caramel registers at 240 degrees F (soft ball stage), about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans.
  • Pour the filling over the crust, spreading it evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust is bubbly. Let cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

Notes

  • The bars can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for 5 days.
  • Because these bars are sticky, getting them out of the pan can be tricky. For best results, line the baking pan with parchment paper or lightly greased foil and carefully transfer the bars to a flat surface or cutting board by pulling up on the parchment paper once they have cooled.
    Mix the crust ingredients with a spoon or in a food processor. Either way, the mixture should have a crumbly appearance.
  • To turn this into a chocolatey treat, add a layer of chocolate chips over the layer of caramel just before baking.
  • Dust the tops of the bars with powdered sugar after they have cooled for an extra punch of sweetness and to make them prettier!

Nutrition

Calories: 412.78kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.15g | Protein: 2.04g | Fat: 35.55g | Saturated Fat: 19.49g | Cholesterol: 82.18mg | Sodium: 104.1mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 16.99g