Okay, do you want to hear something crazy?
For the longest time I did not like Pecan Pie. Yup. No joke. Before you start writing me off as your favorite food blogger, let me explain. I did not like Pecan Pie because it was nasty. In fact, Pecan Pie has great flavor. However, for me, it was too sweet. I could never make it past more than two bites. It was too much! Although Pecan Pie was always at the dessert table during the holidays, it was never something that I went for. Well wait, if you put ice cream on it……no, no, no that is still too sweet for me. So how did I justify making these Pecan Pie Bars? Well, honestly, I wanted to stretch my baking skills and see if I could make them in a way that I could enjoy.
I tested this recipe twice and I am proud to report that I made these bars with no influence from anyone else or other sources (POINT FOR NICOLE). I really do love the taste of pecans mixed with that slight caramel flavor. It is divine. Whom ever came up with Pecan Pie should be praised for the heavens for giving us something to work with, but they really could have given us less sugar. I’m just saying. With these bars, they are sweet, but they are not as sweet as some Pecan Pies that I have tried in the past. The level of sweetness in these bars are similar to the Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie I made some months back from “Tour of Teeny Pies” cookbook that I tested. That pie was actually the start of me allowing myself to stay open to the fact that someday I might actually like Pecan Pie.
Now, next week is Thanksgiving and I know that most of you already have your menu ready, but these are perfect for a carry-in for work or gifts for the holidays. If you really thinking about it, the only difference between these bars and a pie is the shape. Well that and the crust is a little different, but you get my drift. I love these bars and what makes them so great is that you can another ingredient to them if you want. You can add bacon, chocolate chips, or butterscotch if you would like to make them fit your personality or liking a bit more. As always, I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a fabulous holiday next week! Peace Out!Print