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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars take all the flavors you love in the classic cake and turn them into gooey, irresistible bars! One of my childhood loves was German chocolate cake. My mother used to make it from a cake mix with store-bought frosting. And that was just fine with me.

Having an anti-coconut husband has limited my baking with coconuts over the last several years. In the spirit of “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” I think I enjoy all that German chocolate-y goodness even more because I don’t have it very often.

In this case, those nostalgic flavors are baked into pecan pie bars. If you’ve never made pecan pie bars, imagine those gooey filling and toasty pecans of pie fame filling a simple crust and baked in a big pan instead of a pie plate. Add to that a little cocoa in the crust, some melty chocolate on top of the crust, and stir in some coconut with the pecans. Now, we’re talking!

 

Ingredients :

3 cups pecan halves and pieces
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup sweetened coconut

 

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pecans spread out in a single layer on pan for 8 mins, stirring halfway through. Line the bottom and sides of a 13X9 pan with aluminum foil, then spray with baking spray. Pulse flour, powdered sugar, butter and cocoa in a food processor about 6 times until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture on bottom and 1/4 inch up sides of prepared pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 mins. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust, let cool completely about 30 mins.
Whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter and eggs until smooth. Stir in the coconut and toasted pecans. Spoon and spread mixture onto prepared crust.
Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 mins or until golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Lift bars using ends of foil as handles. Cut into squares with a serrated knife. Store in an airtight container.

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