Chocolate Pecan Bars

Chocolate Pecan Bars
Crust adapted from Just A Taste; filling adapted from Joy of Baking. Inspired by a recipe from the New York Times.

These chocolate pecan bars aren’t too sweet and aren’t too rich, but are still very delicious.

Makes about: 36 bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes+15 minutes

Ingredients
Crust:
½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup chopped pecans

Filling
1 egg
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans
1 cup chocolate chips

equipment
9×13 pan, lined with parchment paper

directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Toast pecans for 6-8 minutes.
3. Make crust first. Mix butter with sugar and salt.
4. Crumble in flour and pecans. Mixture will be crumbly/sandy. Press into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
5. To make filling, mix together the egg, brown sugar, and corn syrup.
6. Stir in vanilla, salt, and flour.
7. Pour filling over prepared crust and spread evenly.
8. Sprinkle 1 cup pecans over top.
9. Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks over top.
10. Bake 10-15 minutes or until top is browned.
11. If chocolate are still in chocolate chip shape, you can use a spoon spread the chocolate out.
12. Let cool, then cut into squares and serve!

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