** Making pie can be so intimidating but with these bars are the best of a favorite pie without all the pie crust and intimation factor…love desserts like this!!
Growing up my sweet MeeMaw made the best pecan pie. The crust was flaky and buttery while the filling was sweet and gooey…the only problem was I could not stand the pecans. Being the best MeeMaw in the world she started making us kids a pecan pie without the pecans each time she would make a normal pecan pie. It was so good and so perfect without those pesky pecans messing everything up.
Well as I grew up I started to appreciate the pecan more and more, and now I actually love them. Recently I was at a local store and they had pecans so I grabbed a big bag and started dreaming about all the things I could do with them…and pecan pie bars were on the top of my list. I love these bars because they have a buttery shortbread crust with a ooey, gooey filling and pecans on top, but not just plain ‘ole pecans I decided to toast them first. I know my MeeMaw would love these!!
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I love toasted nuts of any kind really, but I especially love toasted pecans. I have toasted them on the stovetop and in the oven both, they both work great, it just depends on what you feel most comfortable with. Just make sure that you keep an eye on them as you are toasting them so they don’t burn.
These bars are perfect for any get together you may have coming up, I recently made them for a Premier Jewelry Party for my mother-in-law and they were a huge hit. I also plan to make these for Thanksgiving this year as well, I know pecan pie may be the more traditional route but trust me once you taste these bars you might just change your mind.
Get nutty with these Toasted Pecan Pie Bars…trust me they will become a favorite for sure!!