I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. – Jason Love

We know all you Create & Decorate friends out there like to be creative in the kitchen as well as in your craft room. So, just in time for your Thanksgiving baking, here is a yummy cookie bar we found that tastes like it might just be one of grandma’s secret recipes. The recipe is from the book, Favorite Brand Name Gifts from the Kitchen. We have been granted permission by Publications International to share this with you. Be sure to check out many other famous brand name recipes on their website, www.fbnr.com.

Pecan Pie Bars

¾ cup butter

½ cup powdered sugar

1½ cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust, beat ¾ cup butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat at medium speed until well blended. Add flour gradually, beating at low speed after each addition. Mixture will be crumbly but presses together easily.)
  2. Press dough evenly into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Press mixture slightly up sides of pan (less than 1/4”) to form lip to hold filling. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, for filling, beat eggs lightly in medium bowl with fork. Add pecans, granulated sugar, corn syrup, 2 tablespoons melted butter and vanilla; mix well. Pour filling over partially baked crust. Return to oven; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until filling is set.
  4. Loosen edges with knife. Let cool completely on wire rack before cutting into squares. Cover and refrigerate until 10 to 15 minutes before serving time. Do not freeze.

Makes about 4 dozen bars

For an easy garnish for these classic bars, drizzle them with melted chocolate. Yum!

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