– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
– 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 4 large eggs
– 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
– 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 cups chopped pecans
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and confectioners’ sugar. Slowly pour in the melted butter while stirring with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, pressing it firmly into an even layer. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.
4. While the crust is baking, let’s move onto the delightful filling. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined.
5. Stir in the chopped pecans, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. The nutty crunch will add a delightful texture to each bite!
6. Pour the pecan filling over the baked crust, spreading it out evenly. Gently tap the dish on the countertop to release any trapped air bubbles.
7. Place the dish back into the oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is set and the edges are golden brown. To check if it’s ready, lightly jiggle the dish; the center should no longer be liquid-like.
8. Once done, remove the dish from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. This will allow the filling to set further, making it easier to cut into perfect squares.
9. When the pecan pie squares have cooled, slice them into your desired sizes. Serve them as is or add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for an extra touch of indulgence.
Tips and Variations:
– Feel free to experiment with different types of nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, to add your unique twist.
– For an extra burst of flavor, you can sprinkle a touch of cinnamon or a pinch of sea salt over the pecan filling before baking.
– If you’re feeling adventurous, you can drizzle a homemade caramel sauce over the pecan pie squares before serving.
Savoring these easy pecan pie squares takes me back to that sweltering day in Georgia, where I stumbled upon a quaint roadside café. From the first bite, I knew I had discovered something truly special, and I vowed to recreate this heavenly dessert once I returned home. Now, with this recipe, you too can experience the joy of a pecan pie’s flavors without the hassle of making a traditional pastry crust. So grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and let the warm scents of pecan and butter fill your kitchen as you embark on this delightful baking adventure!