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Bakery Cafe-style Pecan Bar Cookies

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 15 x 10-inch sheet pan; set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and egg yolks, mixing until smooth. Slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Do not overmix.

Press into the prepared sheet pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until barely golden. Let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • 2 3/4 cups pecan pieces, lightly toasted

Preparation:

In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

Stir in cream and remove from heat. Stir in pecans and pour into the pre-baked cookie shell.

Bake at 325° F for 20 to 25 minutes until bubbling on top. Cool and cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.

Makes about 60 squares

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