Friday, December 9, 2011

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

This was planned as our only Thanksgiving dessert. I don't make a lot of pies: something to do with me being intimidated by pie crust...I know, I know, I need to get over it, so I love almost-like-pie desserts.

My son ended up being adamant that there needed to be pie at Thanksgiving, too, so I ended up buying a cheap bakery Pumpkin Pie from the grocery store, too. Unfortunately for him, this dessert was the hands-down favorite of everyone. The huge pan of bars only lasted maybe 24 hours!

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars
from Aunt Joan

1 package yellow cake mix, divided
1/2 cup margarine (or butter), melted
1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Reserve 2/3 cup dry cake mix. Put remaining mix in large bowl. Add margarine, 1 egg and mix until crumbly. Press into greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Mix reserved cake mix, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and 3 eggs. Beat at medium speed for a minute or two and pour over partially baked crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Return to oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool; cut into bars.

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