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.


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


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.


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.


let me know if you try these little guys!

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he's a culinary institute of america grad in medical school. she's a journalist, who prior to their meeting, used the oven solely for storage.

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