My nana calls these her “Lazy” bars as they are what she makes when she wants something tasty but doesn’t want to do a whole lotta work!

Who says you need to spend hours in the kitchen to whip up a dessert that’ll have everyone talking? Not me, folks! These Lazy Pecan Pie Bars are my go-to when I’m craving that classic Southern pecan pie flavor but want to skip the whole pie-crust-from-scratch ordeal. Originating from the beloved pecan pie, just in bar form, they’re the perfect shortcut to homemade without skimping on taste. Picture it: a buttery shortbread crust, topped with a gooey filling bursting with pecans…yum! Pull these out for your next potluck or family get-together and watch them disappear!
Ice cream—vanilla, to be specific—takes these pecan pie bars from outstanding to ‘outta this world’! And hey, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce just turn the indulgence up a notch. Or, simply pair with a strong cup of coffee or tea for a cozy afternoon treat.

– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
– 1/2 cup corn syrup
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon melted butter
– 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.
2. Start with the crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the 1/2 cup of cold, cubed butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust.
3. Bake the crust for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. While the crust is baking, get going on your filling.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together corn syrup, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter until smooth. Stir in the chopped pecans.
5. Pour the pecan filling over the baked crust, spreading it out evenly.
6. Pop the pan back into the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set.
7. Let the bars cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before lifting them out using the parchment ‘handles’ and cutting them into squares.
Variations & Tips:
– Go nuts and mix in some chocolate chips or swap out half of the pecans for chopped walnuts for a different nut profile.
– If you’re in a festive mood, add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the filling for a spicy twist.
– Make these ahead of time! They store beautifully in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days or in the fridge if you like them a bit firmer.
– Not so into corn syrup? Substitute it with honey for a slightly different but equally delicious flavor.

There you have it, my dears—Lazy Pecan Pie Bars that’ll taste like you slaved away but were secretly a breeze to make. Trust me, your taste buds (and your schedule!) will thank you. Enjoy!

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