Caramel 'N Chocolate Pecan Bars

Caramel 'N Chocolate Pecan Bars
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71 Reviews
These chocolate pecan bars are baked with brown sugar, butter, pecans and chocolate to make unbelievably scrumptious bars.
15 min
Prep Time
1:00
Total Time
36 bars

Ingredients

Crust

2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 cup
firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup
pecan halves

Caramel Layer

2/3 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup
firmly packed brown sugar

Chocolate

1 cup
real semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all crust ingredients except pecans in bowl. Beat at medium speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Place pecans evenly over unbaked crust.
  4. Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until entire surface of mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour evenly over pecans and crust.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes or until entire caramel layer is bubbly. (Do not overbake.) Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with chips; allow to melt slightly. Swirl chips leaving some whole for a marbled effect.
  6. Cool completely; cut into bars.

Recipe Tips

Store at room temperature in loosely covered container.

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Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories
160
Cholesterol
15mg
Carbohydrates
18g
Protein
1g
Fat
10g
Sodium
70mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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This is way too sweet! The sugar in the crust can easily be cut in half. All you can taste is brown sugar! Even the pecans are masked by all the sweetness - we could barely detect they were in there. The flavors did not come through. It was a sugary mess. I agree with some of the other reviewers who were surprised the recipe did not call for salt, vanilla or anything to marry the flavors. Waste of time and $$$.

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My grandma and I just made these. They just came out of the oven and we put the chocolate on them. It looks extremely runny. Hopefully it is just because it needs time to cool. Excited to try them but we are impatient!

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These are fabulous. I used chopped pecans instead of halves, and had a little trouble getting the chocolate to spread over, but that was my fault. I agree with other comments -- these are super the way they are, but when I make them again, I will likely double the caramel, and I think they would be great with peanuts or almonds instead. Recipe doesn't say to use light or dark brown sugar. I used dark in the crust, and light in the caramel.

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Yesterday, as I was recycling the butter box, I noticed the 2 recipes inside, (this one being one of them). I decided to make it because it sounded yummy & there were few ingredients needed.The directions were simple & very easy to follow! Made it & OH MY GOSH - this is great!! My husband fell in love with it! (Made it for my husband to take in to work.) Everyone LOVED it!! It is 10:21 am right now & he told me the container is already empty!! I WILL be making this again!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Have been making these ever since recipe appeared on butter pkg. Usually made for Christmas, they are always perfect, No need to change anything in recipe.

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I used 16 caramels and the recipe caramel . turned out just fine. I thought there wasn't caramel to cover the size of the pan. Next time I will chop the nuts a bit, and double the caramel recipe. instead of the caramels. Millie 87 years old way over 14 years of age LOL

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I love this recipe it is very yummy, I almost can't stop eating them, but I would recommend always doubling the caramel recipe in order to get them to spread over the whole bars.

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I had the same problem as "Kathy" regarding the crust. Mine never seemed to come together and I think i had it too thick in the pan. Next time I will use less flour and really pack it into the pan (I really only tamped it down). Crumbly cookie aside, it tastes great! So my family will eat it with a spoon or top their ice cream with it :)

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Found this recipe on a Land O Lakes butter carton over 30 years ago when it was called Butter Pecan Turtle cookies. I prefer to chop the pecans and scatter over the crust because it spreads out the flavor. Been a family favorite even with my son who doesn't like pecans!

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Hi Mary - we would suggest letting the bars come to room temperature, and this should make them easier to cut. Hope this helps!

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Made these and loved them. Had a problem trying to cut them into nice squares. I tried to cut the squares after they cooled and the chocolate was still too soft. Put the pan in the frig overnight and now they are too hard to cut without breaking. I want to have them served as treats/favors at a baby shower. Any suggestions ? Thanks!

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Mary - we would suggest letting the bars come to room temperature, and this should make them easier to cut. Hope this helps!
Posted July 31, 2015

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Made these yesterday and we've all raved; they are so good. I made two minor alterations to the recipe. The first was to add a pinch of salt to the crust because we're fans of salty sweets. The second was to cook the caramel layer for 90 seconds because we live at an altitude just over 1 mile.

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Hi Kathy, sorry to hear you had some issues with the crust. It takes a while for the crust mixture to come together - it might look mealy at first, but if you keep beating for a while, it will eventually come together. Hope you give this recipe another chance!

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This recipe was not what I expected at all. I made the crust twice because it was so mealy. I have an oatmeal carmelita bar that is scrumptious and will make that instead.

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Kathy, sorry to hear you had some issues with the crust. It takes a while for the crust mixture to come together - it might look mealy at first, but if you keep beating for a while, it will eventually come together. Hope you give this recipe another chance!
Posted July 01, 2015

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First time was unimpressed. Sweet but lacked depth of flavor and crust was crumbly. Second time worked better with the addition of 1 egg yolk, pinch of salt, and 1 tsp of vanilla in the crust. Also, added 1 tsp of vanilla to the topping, stirred in total of 10 oz of toasted nuts to the boiling topping, THEN poured over the crust and baked until center was bubbling.

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Oh my gosh. A nurse colleague made these at christmas and they are to die for. Called it christmas crack. I've made them Now twice. Follow the recipe exactly and they come out perfectly. Our new favorite desert.

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I have been making this recipe for many years. I agree there isn't enough caramel to cover dry crust. Actually I increased the amount of butter by 1/4 cup and added about 3 more tablespoons of brown sugar. It worked well.

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i have been making this recipe ever since i found it in a holiday better homes and gardens - at least 30 years ago. humidity always affects candy making and caramels are no different. make sure you bake on a dry day and you will have better success. these are delicious and a family favorite. i am making batches today to give as gifts in christmas tins.

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Our family, friends, and neighbors love these bars-they want me to bake them all the time! Do not overbake your crust(won't be crumby then) and don't overcook your caramel(it will get too hard in oven). Never substitute on ingredients in baking recipes-unless you are a professional(spells trouble all the time). We love Land O'Lakes Butter recipes!!!

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These were Delicious. My better half made these 2 days ago and there is no more left. lol (rolls eyes) He used Sugar Blend instead of regular brown sugar. He had a time getting the chocolate morsels to melt and swirl. Will probable pre-melt in the micro next time They were a tad crumbly but we ate the crumbs too. ;-) It was Gone Good. Shared it with the son in Vermont.

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