As I was looking through Granny’s Box for my next recipe, I found this one for Pecan Pie Surprise Bars. I love pecan pie, so how could bars not be good?
Going by old recipes can be difficult, as they can have stains or slightly abbreviated directions, i.e, “cook until done”. Thankfully, this one was fairly straight forward, but I have learned (the hard way) to read recipes all the way through. If I had not done so, all of the cake mix would have ended up in the crust..*sigh*
Here are the ingredients for the crust:
1 pkg yellow cake mix (be sure to reserve 2/3 c. for the filling)
1 stick butter, melted (It says you may use margarine as well, but I am not a fan..)
1/4 c. chopped pecans (not in the original crust recipe, I just thought it would be nice)
2/3 c. reserved cake mix
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 c. dark corn syrup (I was a bit surprised by how much syrup this amounted to, basically most of it..)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans (I would add some to the filling and leave some for sprinkling over the top of the filling before baking. The original said to sprinkle them all across the top.)
Directions for crust:
In a large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. Mix until combined, then press into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until light golden brown. I really had to work to get this mixture to cover the pan. Just keep pressing and it will eventually reach the edges.
Directions for filling:
In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients, leaving 1/4 cup of the pecans for sprinkling over the top of filling and pour over baked crust. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is set.
It says you will get 36 bars, but we all know it’s more like 16. I will definitely make them again, though I may add some chocolate chips next time. Chocolate with pecans is always a good thing 🙂