Thursday, June 26, 2014

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Today has been an awful, rotten, no good, bad day, so what do I do?  I bake of course! 
I think I might have mentioned above that this has been a difficult day.  We started off with a very busy morning, we rushed to take Nathan to camp, went to the library, vaccumed out the van, and then came home to wash all our bed stuff before we leave for vacation.  I am a freak and might go slightly overboard but I hate being on vacation and then coming home to a mess, and actually I hate having messes period.  Anyway after washing a load of stuff I put it in the dryer and then proceed to wonder why my dryer is on but wont do ANYTHING!  After all it is only about two years old and wasn't cheap!  So after fiddling with it for a bit I take everything out and then I see it.  This gaping hole!!!  Not only is there a huge hole where it apparently was rubbing against the spinner (I know this is not the technical term) but it is also cracking!

Isn't that enough to make a person cry?  So I decided to sit for a minute, pray for my attitude, and find something to bake.  This was the perfect recipe because 1) I had everything I needed, 2) I love pecans, 3) I love chocolate, and 4) the picture was pretty and after seeing the above picture I wanted to add a pretty pic too the blog!  So with that being said I have now DECIDED that I am going to have a good afternoon and evening and that I might hide in the pantry and chow down on a few of these yummy bars! 
I hope you have a great day and remember there is always someone having a worse day than you so smile that pretty smile and live life!
3 cups pecan halves
1 & 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup icing sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 & 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spread pecans evenly on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and toast for about 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Remove pecans and let cool.
Prepare a 9X13 pan by lining it with foil (letting it hang over the edges) and lightly grease.
Set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, icing sugar, and cocoa.
Add the cold butter and combine with a pastry blender or food processor until it resembles coarse meal.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips over top crust.
Allow to cool completely.
In a stand mixer, add eggs and beat lightly.
Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter and mix until smooth.
Remove bowl and add in pecans and coconut, hand stir until combined.
Pour over crust.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until edges are golden and filling is set.
Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Refrigerate for about an hour or overnight to allow bars to set.
Using the foil overhang, remove bars from pan and remove foil.
You can set the bars back in the pan for storage or set on a cutting board.
Using a sharp knife, cut into squares.

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars by asweetbaker.com2

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