cinnamon pecan pie bars

my love affair with cinnamon continues. i’ve been trying, since returning from our honeymoon, to recreate this pecan pie / pecan bar / slice of heaven made by the chef at the dreamcatcher guest house. this is as close as i’ve gotten so far — and it’s so good, i’m not sure i need to keep trying. it is so caramel-y, so cinnamon-y, and best of all, since the chef at the dreamcatcher served it to us as a breakfast desert, that means it’s completely acceptable to eat first thing in the morning. right? nevermind, don’t answer that.

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another good thing about these babies, is how your house smells after you make them. for days. nearly a week after i made these little guys, i came home and was instantly drooling, because the house still smelled like pecan pie bars.

okokokokok, here’s the recipe.

for the crust:
2 2/3 c. flour
1 c. butter
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

for the topping:
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. honey
2 tbsp. heavy cream
2 c. pecans, rough chopped
2 tsp. vanilla

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1. preheat oven to 350.
2. to make the crust, cream butter and sugar together in a mixer (or by hand if you’re very brave).
3. mix in flour, cinnamon and salt.
4. line a 9×13 pan with foil, dump dough in and use your fingers to press it down to edges, creating an even layer of crust. if you don’t have a 9×13 pan, no big deal, just use as close as you can find.
5. bake for 20 minutes.
6. while that bakes, make the topping: melt butter in a sauté pan. add brown sugar, honey and cream and let cook for about a minute.
7. add vanilla and chopped pecans.
8. pour over crust evenly, and bake for another 20 minutes.
9. let cool before eating so the topping stiffens up.

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at the dreamcatcher, the chef served his pecan pie bars with a couple blackberries and a dusting of cinnamon. it was beautiful and sooooo yummy.

i don’t have the patience for beauty. which is probably why i never fix my hair and rarely wear makeup.

i just dig right in. no fork necessary.

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let me know if you try these little guys!

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