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Recipe
Coconutty Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars

Coconutty Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour plus cooling time
  • Yield: About 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 cups lightly toasted and coarsely chopped pecans (halves and pieces ok)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9- by 13-inch square metal baking dish and line with parchment paper, allowing several inches to hang over on at least two sides of the pan. Lightly grease the parchment paper.

     

    Combine the flour, powdered sugar, cubed butter, cocoa powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and, using your fingers or a pastry blender, cut in the flower until the mixture resembles damp sand. It should hold together when squeezed between your fingers. Press the mixture onto the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is fragrant and lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust and let cool completely.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the coconut and pecans, then pour the pecan mixture over the cooled crust. Bake until golden brown and set, 28 to 32 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour, before removing from the pan.

     

    When ready to remove, simply lift up on the parchment “handles” and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars about a scant 2-inches square.

     

    Serve at room temperature.