Honey Pecan Pie Bars

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Since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, it’s about time that I start to think about my Thanksgiving menu. Every year since we’ve been married, my husband and I have had our own Thanksgiving meal in addition to celebrating with family. It doesn’t always land on the actual day, but we always celebrate.

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I enjoy planning out a whole meal for us to prepare and enjoy together, but I’ve noticed a few problems with this plan. One of the problems that comes with having our own Thanksgiving is the fact that we can end up with a lot of leftovers. The other problem can end up being that we eat way too much food that isn’t the greatest for us.┬áSo, this year I wanted to try and make a conscious effort to make our meal a little healthier.

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One of the ways in which we can make our meal healthier is to lighten up dessert. I decided to try and lighten up a Thanksgiving favorite. . .pecan pie. Instead of making a big pie, I decided to go with pie bars that are smaller. While these honey pecan pie bars still have sugar and butter in them, you won’t find any corn syrup and the amount of butter is significantly less than your typical pecan pie. And you know what? You won’t even miss the missing corn syrup and butter.┬áThese bars are still rich, sweet and full of nutty pecan flavor. A great way to have a little lighter dessert without anybody noticing!

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Honey Pecan Pie Bars
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • ⅓ C unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
For the Filling
  • ¼ C unsalted butter
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • ⅓ C honey
  • 1 tbsp half & half
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 C chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer), cream together butter and sugar. Add in salt and flour and beat until crumbly.
  3. Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While crust is baking, begin preparing filling by combining butter, sugar, honey, and half & half in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a simmer and allow to simmer for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and chopped pecans.
  5. Remove crust from oven and pour filling over the top. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and allow bars to cool.
  7. Remove bars from pan and cut into pieces.

This recipe is slightly adapted from Just A Taste.

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Comments

  1. Jess, these bars look delicious. I love that you’re creating a healthier menu. I think I need to jump on board with that one.

  2. cassie says:

    Great twist on the traditional pecan pie! I absolutely love these!

  3. Abby says:

    Love these! I’ve never had good luck making pecan pie, but I love it, I think this is my answer! Thank you!

  4. Liz says:

    looks delicious Jessica!

  5. I love that you two do your own Thanksgiving together. That sounds so fun!

    And these pecan pie bars look delicious.

  6. I can taste the honey and pecans already. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!

  7. Kelly says:

    I love the idea of creating a healthier menu, these bars look delicious and sound perfect for Thanksgiving! We love pecan pie and I love that we don’t have to polish off a whole pie for dessert, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend Jessica :)

  8. Liz says:

    Whoa, these sound heavenly!!! I adore pecan pie…and these bars look like a terrific alternative!

  9. Ashley says:

    I love that you used honey in these pecan pie bars! That’s such a great idea! Hope you have an awesome weekend Jessica!

  10. These look amazing! I love pecan pie, but I have a hard time getting past how much sugar is in it…..love how you lightened these bars up!

  11. These look superb. Another winner recipe. I am sure I could make these with WWPF and perhaps less sugar :-) I know my family in the South wold love them. Pinning!!

  12. Love the idea of lightening thanksgiving up a bit! Pie Bars are such a cute idea!

  13. Tieghan says:

    Pecan Pie is my favorite! These bars are awesome! :)

  14. what a fun tradition–ben and i should start having our own thanksgiving celebration too! what a fun treat. :)

  15. You are speaking my language with these. I love desserts sweetened with honey. They always make me feel nostalgic for some reason!

  16. Ramona says:

    I love these pecan bites… pecan pie is very rich… just a small bite is perfect. :)

  17. Pecan pie is one of my must have every Thanksgiving. Love that you termed them into bars for easy storage and transport.

  18. Tracey says:

    I’m not a pecan pie fan, but we have a ton of them in my family so these are a must-try! They sound perfect! I always cringe at the huge amount of corn syrup in pecan pie…

  19. I love seeing this pecan pie in bar form, perfect for the upcoming holidays, or just a hungry afternoon. :)

  20. Making pecan pie bars is a great idea! I have no control when it comes to resisting desserts, so I need all the help I can get. I love that this recipe gives you the same flavor as pecan pie, but in a much more manageable size. Great idea! Definitely pinning this to try!

  21. Joanne says:

    I love the idea of using honey instead of corn syrup in pecan pie! These bars are such a great alternative!!

  22. Julia says:

    Saving this for Thanksgiving–love pecan bars!

  23. Oh wow, these look so rich and delish!! I really need to use honey as an ingredient more. It’s so perfect for fall baking!

  24. Larni says:

    I was wondering if the brown sugar needs to be packed.

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