Baking

Yummy Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Bars

My sweet tooth hit once again! Today I am sharing a yummy recipe I made recently for Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Bars! They were very decadent with the perfect bit of salty and sweet!

The directions for these bars were a little more in depth than I normally post, but I promise it will be worth it! Another great thing about this recipe is that you can easily switch up the ingredients used for the bar itself and use the crust as a common base for other recipes! I can’t wait to experiment with that soon!

Without further ado:

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste

Filling Ingredients:

  • About 1 1/2 cups roasted pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crust Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Using your hands or spoons, crumble butter into the dry mixture and mix until it forms lumps. The softer the butter is the better!
  3. Turn mixture out into prepared pan and pack down firmly to create an even, uniform, flat crust layer. See pictures below! I also put aluminum foil down in the pan and sprayed the aluminum foil for less of a clean up after.

Filling Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Evenly spread the roasted pecans and chocolate chips over the crust.
  3. In a bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and whipping cream. Heat for one minute in microwave to melt the butter and whisk. Continue alternating heating in the microwave and whisking until the butter is melted. (I only had to do that twice because the butter was already soft!)
  4. Whisk in vanilla and salt and pour over the crust.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until very bubbly around the edges! This is super important! I pulled mine out a little too early and the bottom was not all the way done!
  6. Let sit for at least 3 hours. Again, very important to allow the caramel to cool and form. Or else you are going to have one big mess!
  7. Eat and enjoy 🙂

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The original recipe can be found on my favorite food blog, Averie Cooks, here!

With my summer classes ending next week (YAY COLLEGE!), be expecting a lot more summer recipes soon!

Always, Autumn

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