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Vanilla Pecan Bars

pecan bars

Many people have special recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. They are coveted for their sentimental value, ties to family tradition and heritage. I have been blessed to have a few of these, in addition to family keepsakes from my husband’s side of the family.

My husband’s mother has made pecan pie for special occasions for as long as he can remember. When he was grown and out on his own he asked for the recipe to carry on a family tradition… The conversation went something like this: "Mom, can I have the Herman recipe for pecan pie?" Her response: "Go get a pen and paper, and I will read it to you. Are you ready? Go to the store, pick up the Karo syrup and turn it around. The recipe is on the back!" I have never laughed so hard! Over the years I have come to realize why she used that recipe. It works! Actually, it works really well! I continue to use a variation of the recipe to this day, for both pies and bars.

To enhance the gooey texture and creamy flavor of the pecan bar, I choose our Organic single fold vanilla extract. Our Organic Vanilla Extract is made from a blend of select Bourbon vanillas used to create an equal balance of flavor and aroma. Premium pure vanilla extract is a complex flavor, comprised of approximately 300 individual flavor components all working together to create the rich flavor. Bold cherry-chocolate flavor characterize the proprietary blend Planifolia beans we used to create this extract. The end result is unique and balanced vanilla extract unmatched in our industry, making it our most versatile extract for any application.

Vanilla Pecan Bars

Yields 12 bars



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cut into cubes


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt into a food processor fitted with blade. Pulse to combine. Add the cold butter to the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture comes together in a crumble. Prepare an 8x8 pan, line with parchment paper. Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even crust. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the crust is light golden bar. Set aside to cool.

Pecan filling

adapted from karo syrup


  • 1 cup organic light corn syrup w/vanilla (can be found at most health food stores)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups (8 ounces) pecans


Whisk together the corn syrup, eggs, sugar, melted butter and organic vanilla extract until combined. Add pecans and stir to combine.

Pour pecan filling on top of the baked shortbread crust, bake at 325 degrees for 60-70 minutes until the filling is set. Let cool and refrigerate overnight to set the filling. Cut into bars and enjoy!

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