Pecan Brownie Bars

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I had my first taste of Pecan Brownie Bars a few months ago, and knew I loved them. What surprised me was that my husband loved them. He’s not big into sweets- so when he likes something I like to take notice. I am making a batch of these today and thought I’d share the recipe- these are so quick and easy to make, and a really nice “change of pace” from many brownies.

nielsen massey pure vanilla extract pure vanilla bean paste
I will note, yet again, that I do use higher quality Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Pastes (I like the Nielsen Massey brand a lot lately!). They simply make things taste better. A little goes a very long way. I’m actually fast becoming obsessed with the paste. You can SEE the flecks of vanilla beans in it.  I love it.

What you need:

2 sticks butter+ 2 TBSP  (I use unsalted)

2 1/3 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste — I did 2 teaspoons of paste and a splash of extract. 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups chopped pecans (We grabbed a bag of already chopped pecans at the store.  They were almost too small for the bars.  Great for kids, but I think we’ll do a bit of a larger chopping and do it ourselves next time.)

What to do

In a  saucepan, melt butter and whisk in the brown sugar over low to medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

(Here’s where the kids can really help!)  In a small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla. Gradually add hot sugar mixture, stirring constantly. (We whisk). Next, add baking powder and flour gradually.  Mix well (again, good thing for kids to help with!) Stir in pecans last. 
Put batter into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs and edges are crisp. Cool.  Enjoy.  Enjoy again. 

pecanbrownie bars

This recipe is inspired from Taste of Home, but changed up a bit for our tastes -and in hopes of mimicking the ones we had back in November.  These are pretty close.  I’ll make them again and change things up a bit more.

 I did receive samples of Nielsen Massey products to try, opinions are my own.

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  • Ohhh this looks really good…will have to try…thank you.

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  • This looks scrumptious and fun to make; and I adore pecans!

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  • Where do you find the paste I’d love to use it and my friend who owns a cafe will want to know too!

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  • Looks delicious!!

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  • These look and sound so yummy! I must make me some as soon as I buy all the ingredients needed. I know my family will love them. Thanks for another recipe to make us happy!!

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  • These look so yummy! I absolutely love pecans but my husband is allergic. I wonder if they’d turn out as well using almonds?

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  • Ohh… looks so yummy!! :)

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  • This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I love to try new recipes!

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  • These look tasty, we’ll give em a shot

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  • I love pecans and I love brownies, sounds like a match made in Heaven! Wish I had one now! Lol have to make some soon!Thanks for sharing!

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  • Yummy! These look fabulous. Thanks for sharing the recipe & pics (now I need something sweet lol).

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  • OMG this recipe sounds so good. I love pecans so this brownie recipe will be something i will love.

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  • Wow! Thanks for sharing this awesome pecan brownies recipe.Drool!!

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  • Yum!

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  • They look soooo good!!!!!

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  • Thanks for the recipe i love pecans and brownies

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  • looks yummy kids will surely love this

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  • This sounds so good

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  • This looks fab thanks for sharing! :)

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  • Anything with pecans in it has to be good. Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make these tonight.

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  • Those look so yummy. I’ll have to make them for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  • These look really good. Will have to show my wife this recipe.

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  • WOW!! Must try this!!!

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  • Oh these look delicious, too bad I gave up sugar. I will be keeping this close by for when I can eat sugar again. Thanks for sharing.

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  • I love pecans sooooo much! Thank you for this recipe – I am tempted to go and make them right now!

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  • Looks yummy. I can’t wait to try some.

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  • OMG. Those look so good!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  • looks good, I love pecans

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  • Thanks for the recipe. I looks delicious!

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  • I love pecans and these sound delicious!

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  • This is my recipe for today, thanks.

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  • This looks like a delicious looking dessert. I am going to have to make it.

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  • My mom would love love love these, i cant bake but she can and im going to give her the recipe, thanks!

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  • two of my favorite words. ‘pecans’ and ‘brownies’. these look very yummy. i will be emailing the recipe to myself. thank you.

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  • These look and sound delicious! On my to-do list!

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  • My stepdad would love these! He really likes pecans.

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  • These look so delicious. I may have to attempt this recipe

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  • This recipe looks great–thanks!

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  • Thanks for this great recipe. I have been looking for a different recipe that would satisfy my sweet tooth. The picture makes my mouth water.

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  • Thanks for the receipe. These look very good and easy to make.

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  • These would be great to veganize by replacing the eggs and butter with vegan substitutes. Also, I think I’ll try them with spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour as well.

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  • not quite brown ies, but they look wonderful

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  • These look so good!

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  • Those look so good, and the recipe sounds easy enough too! I gotta try them :)

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  • These look really good but I would make them with walnuts instead of pecans.

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  • Delicious!

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  • These look yummy! I want to make the vegan version of this, replacing the eggs and butter!

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  • These sound yummy

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  • this looks so good

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  • These look fantastic, I think my kids would love them. thanks for the recipe!

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