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Easy Pecan Pie Bars

I'm always searching for fast and easy recipes to take to the teachers lounge. The staff goes nuts for these shortcut pecan pie bars. —Kathro Yoder, Defiance, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil; grease foil.
  • Reserve 2/3 cup cake mix; set aside. Combine remaining cake mix, butter and 1 egg; beat on low speed until blended. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, beat corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and reserved cake mix until blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with pecans.
  • Bake until center is set, 25-30 minutes longer. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. To serve, refrigerate at least 15 minutes. Lift out of pan; discard foil, then cut into bars.

Test Kitchen tips
  • When using corn syrup or honey, spritz the inside of the measuring cup with cooking spray. The liquid will slide right out, ensuring you get every last drop in your recipe.
  • We know nuts are expensive, so when they go on sale it's time to stock up. Just pop them into the freezer, and they'll be good for about a year.
  • Other nuts work quite well. One of our favorites is almonds.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 223 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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