Dessert For The Holidays

As mentioned yesterday, I spent Thanksgiving dinner with my friend and her family.

They’re wonderful. And because they’re wonderful, I feel the need to find a way to thank them for everything. Because they invited me to dinner, I offered to bring a little something to add to the table.Pecan Pie Bars…

In my opinion, pecan pie is one of the top three foods of the holiday. Right up there with povatica and stuffing.

The corn syrup and sugar combo and I have a fling from Thanksgiving to Christmas every year.

After that? I need my space. Sorry. I don’t seem to do well with long term relationships. It’s me, not you.Unless, of course, we’re talking about wine and chocolate. With them? I’m in it for the long haul. We’re very happy together.

Anyhoo. What was I talking about?

Oh yeah- pecan pie.

Normally, I’m a purist when it comes to pecan pie. But the only cookie/bar recipe to be found was one that included chocolate chips.It was frustrating. But then again… it IS chocolate. Who am I to complain?Thank you, Brown Eyed Baker. This one is a real winner.

A few tips, though:

1. Make the day before. That way, you can refrigerate the pan before cutting- makes for a way prettier end result.2. Take all but one or two to the party. Otherwise you’ll end up with dessert liners all up on your coffee table and have no clue as to what just happened in less than 15 minutes.3. Do counterbalance your pecan pie deliciousness with a little somethin’ somethin’ in attempts to look like a responsible grown adult:My choice was a chicken artichoke wrap with black olives and a little mozzarella. Veggies in general are a good way to battle the bulge of holiday spirit. Just make sure, if it’s a Friday and you have intentions of welcoming in a male visitor, that you pick ones that won’t make you feel bloated. And definitely don’t add onions. Even if they would have been delicious.

That’s what I would do anyway…

4. Also, if you intend to have a male visitor, maybe leave a couple lying around along with the cinnamon roll sugar cookies left over from earlier in the week. It makes you look all domesticated and all that.

I mean… that’s what I would do. If I were in that situation…

Happy Holidays…

12 Responses

  1. I mean, you know. Pecan pie bars can SOMETIMES be countered with good wraps, but only sometimes. Oh, you don’t just have pecan pie bars for breakfast?

  2. Ooh, I like the pecan bars idea! We never have pecan pie b/c of my nephew (he’s allergic to tree nuts) but it’s my parents favorite. I’ll bet I could sneak it into the house for them in bar form. :) Glad you had a nice time at Annie’s family’s!

  3. Pshh I have pecan pie without any sort of counter balance! haha I am not a huge sweets person but I have a huge place for pecan pie in my life ANY day! lol With that said, those bars look delicious..especially since chocolate is involved

  4. The eating season has definitely begun. Unfortunately it coincides with the darkest, coldest part of the year, restricting exercise to some degree. It’s time like these I wish I was south of the equator, even if it would be weird to have a hot, sunny Christmas.

  5. Uh so I have to admit that I love that these bars are BARS and not huge pieces of pie. Because it’s even LESS commitment, and I’m just not cool with that either. With the exceptions of wine and chocolate which you mentioned ;)

    I hope you had a great thanksgiving!

  6. I don’t think I’d ever give chocolate or wine the boot either. Unconditional love right there.

  7. Oh yeah, good call on the leaving some out to look at Susie Homemaker :) Next time you should casually pull a roasted chicken out of the oven and be all “Sorry, this isn’t for you…”
    Oh food as bait…

  8. Those look awesome. You impress me with your skills again!

  9. Any dessert that contains pecans gets a gold star from me. And your pecan bars look pretty freaking amazing. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you’re having a great holiday weekend. :)

  10. Those do look like winners. Thank you for sharing your sweet treat and healthy/simple meal. Both look delicious! I hope you have a great start to your week, my friend!

  11. I only ever had pecan pie once in my life. I was in Alabama, and it was possibly the best thing I ever tasted. Turning it into bars is genius. I should do that for Christmas. It will make me seem so impressive.

  12. Pecan pie is one my favorites. I have to make these bars! Good for you for doing the whole counter-balance things. I usually just fall off the deep end once I start the day off eating badly. Until the nest day, which counts for my clean slate!

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