Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Buttery Pecan Bars

One of my favorite recipes, I love the pairing of butter pecan with just a hint of brandy extract in the background. The taste is rich, smooth, and decadent. For me, these pair well with an iced coffee, a simple tea, or the classic - large glass of milk. Served warm, topped with ice cream or cooled with a dusting of powdered sugar - these are sure to be devoured!

1 box butter pecan cake mix
2 eggs, minus one yolk
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
2/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. milk
1 1/2 tsp. butter extract
1/2 tsp. brandy extract
2/3 C. chopped pecans
15-20 pecan halves, optional

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 13x9" baking dish.
Mix well all ingredients. Pour into prepared baking dish.
Top with pecan halves, if desired.
Bake for 25-28 minutes. (Shorter for metal pan, longer for glass or ceramic dish).
Cool and cut.

Yield = 24 bars

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