Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Cookie Party Kicks Off Today!

by Kate Collins

Today will serve as the kick-off for our week-long cookie party. I've chosen a recipe that was the star of all our family Christmas get-togethers, Pecan Pie Surprise Bars. Not technically a cookie, we sure ate them as such, and licked our fingers afterward.

I've also chosen them as a tribute to my mom. They were her favorite, too, and she delighted in our exclamations of joy when she unveiled them every Christmas Eve. My sister makes them now, and hopefully our daughters will keep passing the tradition along. I hope you find them delicious.

PECAN PIE SURPRISE BARS

1 pkg butter or yellow cake mix
1/2 c. melted margarine
1 egg
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. dark corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs

Grease  bottom and sides of 13 x 9" pan.  Reserve 2/3 c. dry cake mix for filling. In large bowl, combine remaining dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Mix until crumbly. Press into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Filling: Combine reserved cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Return to over and bake for 30-35 minutes or until set.

Makes 3 dozen bars.
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4 comments:

  1. While, I am don't eat pecans that is such a wonderful memory you have!
    Krista

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  2. I believe I gained 2 pounds reading the recipe.

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  3. What Annette said! I'm going to have to make these. Too good to pass up!

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  4. I love pecan pie - never thought to put them in bar form before. Love it, Kate!

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