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Monday, November 7, 2011

Caramel 'n Chocolate Pecan Bars

I am already getting ready for the holidays that will be upon us very soon.  I made my Chicken and Dressing this past weekend for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We placed the pans in the freezer and will remove them the day before they are to be cooked.  The recipe makes enough to feed a large family and since the holiday meals at our house are only feeding six I can divide the dressing into two pans.  Preparing ahead of time certainly makes the holidays easier and more enjoyable for the cook!  

Land O Lakes Butter will have recipes in magazines on their advertisement for real butter and Caramel 'n Chocolate Pecan Bars is one that I cut out of a magazine and filed in my recipe box.  Let's see what caught my eye about this recipe.  How about caramel, chocolate, and pecans?  I knew it had to be a winner with that combination.

                                        Caramel 'n Chocolate Pecan Bars

Crust

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

Topping

2/3 cup Land O Lakes Butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all crust ingredients, except pecans in a bowl.  Beat at medium speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Press onto bottom of a ungreased 13 X 9 inch baking pan.  Place pecans evenly over unbaked crust.  Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a 1 quart saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until entire surface of mixture begins to boil.  Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute.  Pour mixture evenly over pecans and crust.  Bake for 18 to 22 min. or until entire caramel layer is bubbly.  (Do Not Overbake.)  Remove from oven.  Immediately sprinkle with chips; allow to melt slightly.  Swirl melted chips over bars leaving some whole for marbled effect.  Cool completely.  Cut into bars.

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