Monday, July 20, 2009

Ooey, Gooey Pecan Bars

We were visiting my daughter and her family yesterday. They are trying to sell their house, and wanted to do a little landscaping work around the pool area. Mostly just to spruce it up. So her dad and I made the 2 hour trip to give them a hand. My job...keep an eye on our 2 little grandsons and make dinner. One of Rhonda's favorite recipes of mine, is a pasta and tuna dish that I make and is a former post on this blog. That is what she wanted. She had made a salad earlier that all we had to do was dress. But that left dessert to come up with. Leafing through some of the recipes in Rhonda's collection, I came across one for Pecan Squares. I ran to the store for the sweetened condensed milk and toffee chips and whipped up a batch. Awesome! First, they are easy to make. Second, they are very decadent!! I think these will also be a nice recipe at Christmas time to cut into small squares (like 1 bite squares) and put on a cookie tray or place in small decorative boxes for guests at place settings. They would be nice in a decorative cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts to teachers or friends and neighbors. My favorite idea, though, would be to cut these into rounds with a biscuit cutter after they have set in the fridge. Place them on a small plate and top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzle with a little hot fudge and sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans. Now THAT would be decadence!!

Pecan Squares
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup cold butter
1 14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 8 oz. pkg Heath Bar chocolate toffee bits
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium bowl, combine flour and sugar, cut in butter until crumbly. Press firmly into bottom of a 13 x 9-in. baking pan.
Bake 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla.
Stir in the toffee chips and pecans. Spread evenly over hot crust.
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool and cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.


  1. I love pecans and toffee and these bars look great!

  2. This is a great combination of ingredients. I can imagine how good these taste.

  3. My favorite pie is pecan, and these are the perfect little versions of that (and so darned handy to pack in your purse) Can't do that with a pie! haha. Great recipe and picture!

  4. I copied this down, sounds so good. I'm always looking for a recipe to make for Christmas tins. Thank you....


  5. These sound fabulous! Copying and saving!


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