Pecan Praline Blondies: Simple, Rich Bar Cookies - Just 7 Ingredients
Adapted from Chocolate Chocolate and More
Pecan Praline Blondies are a simple bar cookie recipe. The bars
call for just 7 ingredients. The dough is mixed together entirely on the
stovetop, making for an easy clean up.
But don’t let the recipe’s simplicity fool you. These rich,
buttery bars will become a favorite if you love pecan pie, pralines, or
anything caramel. The recipe calls for brown sugar as its main flavoring –
hence the bars’ classification as a “blondie” – rather than the customary cocoa or melted
chocolate which typifies brownies. The result is a rich caramel-and-nut bar
with dense texture that comes from cooking brown sugar and butter together, a
flavor long associated with praline candy.
Pralines, a confection made from nuts and carmelized sugar
syrup, originated in France.
Settlers brought the concoction to the southern U.S., where the prevalence of pecan
trees made the pecan-praline pairing quite popular.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 35 bars
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 ½ cups pecans (2 cups coarsely chopped pecans and ½ cup finely ground pecans)
Directions for Pecan Praline Blondies
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment
paper, allowing ends to extend over two sides of the pan. Grease the parchment
paper. Set the pan aside.
- In a large saucepan on the stove top, melt butter on low
heat. Stir in brown sugar. Continue to cook mixture on medium low heat for
about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, allowing the mixture to eventually bubble
slowly. Remove from heat.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mixing quickly with a large spoon to
incorporate them thoroughly. Add in flour and baking powder. Mix quickly to
avoid lumping in the dough. Fold in two cups of coarsely chopped pecans.
- Pour the mixture evenly onto bottom of the prepared baking
pan. Dough will be sticky.
- Sprinkle ½ cup finely chopped pecans over the surface of the
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, when top is crisp and edges begin to
pull away from the sides of the pan. Do not over bake. Remove the pan from the
oven and allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Grasp ends of parchment paper and lift the bars from the
pan. Peel away parchment paper. Cut blondies in seven rows of five (or in any
other size you wish.)
- Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.
Special Baking Tips for
Pecan Praline Blondies
- Pecan Praline Blondie dough is very sticky. Be sure to
grease the parchment paper lining the baking pan using shortening, rather than
simply vegetable spray, so that you can remove blondies from the pan easily.
- Use butter rather than margarine in this recipe in order to
get the rich flavor associated with pralines.
- Make sure to beat the eggs with a fork before adding them to
the heated mixture so that strings do not form in the dough.
- In order to slice bars as cleanly as possible, set the
cooled baking pan in the refrigerator for an hour before cutting.
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