Enjoy these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars year-round: they’re easy to make and deliver the classic dessert’s comforting flavors in a portable form.
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Pecan pie is a classic American dessert that I did not grow up with. In Québec, for the holidays, we made sugar pie—a rich, creamy pie made with heavy cream and maple syrup.
As different as sugar pie is from pecan pie, my first-ever slice of pecan pie brought back childhood memories in waves. It was the over-the-top sweetness, the comforting pie shape, the perfect pairing with vanilla ice cream. It reminded me of family holidays; of happy moments spent with loved ones.
I have made pecan pie quite a few times since that first taste. I love the combination of the sticky filling and the crunchy pecans. Boy is it sweet, but it really hits the spot, sometimes.
I still associate classic pecan pie with the holidays, though. As much as I crave it sometimes, to make it in March or September somehow wouldn’t seem quite right. A few years ago I resolved this conundrum by turning classic pecan pie into a bar. I also added dark chocolate to the mix, which balanced out the sweetness of pecan pie.
Now I make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars year-round. They’re quick and easy to make, they travel well (such a lovely lunchbox treat!), and they’re just the thing for the sweet lovers and chocolate lovers around you. In the winter I like to serve them warm, with ice cream. In the summer I love them at room temperature, with fresh berries.
However you choose to serve these Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, be sure to keep the pan close by. They’re so good that it’s impossible not to come back for seconds!
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