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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Buttery Pecan Bars

This is one of those recipes you'll find yourself making over and over again.  These bars are sinfully delicious and easy as can be.  They are rich and decadent so cut them into small squares and watch them disappear at your next party!  

The use of boxed cake mix not only cuts down on the amount of ingredients but the amount of prep time as well.  

Butter Pecan Squares

adapted from Taste of Home

  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) Butter cake mix
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 egg, butter, and pecans. Mix well. (I found it easiest to use my hands and just moosh it all together a bunch.) Press into a geased 9×13 pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, 2 remaining eggs, and the powdered sugar until well combined. Pour over the crust.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set. It should be gooey, but not runny. Cool completely before cutting, 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator.

I am pretty impatient and trust me, the aroma from these bars is beyond intoxicating. . . but  you really do want the bars to cool before slicing them.  So distract yourself and go in another room so you won't be tempted! 

Golden, Buttery, Crunchy, Sweet Magical Bites!

Happy Cooking and Happy Styling!

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