Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Do You Like Pecan Pie?

Our youngest daughter and I share a love for pecan pie and always look forward to Thanksgiving dessert for that reason - pecan pie!  So when I saw this recipe for cookies I decided to give it a try cause it sounded delish for sure.  Sure enough these cookies are the best - especially if you love pecan pie like I do.
With the 4 TLC's here all weekend I went into baking mode and made English Toffee Bars, Oatmeal Toffee cookies (not a keep) and a cookie from Martha Stewart along with my classic chocolate chip cookies for Precious Husband.  This was all in addition to homemade vanilla ice-cream Sunday night.  Needless to say I am returning to my sugar-free lifestyle for a while as a result of this weekend.
Give these cookies a try and see if you don't think they remind you of pecan pie and bring fond memories of past Thanksgiving dinners.

English Toffee Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup pecan halves
Toffee Topping (recipe follows)
1 cup Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips
1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine flour and brown sugar in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until fine crumbs form (a few large crumbs may remain). Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle pecans over crust. Prepare Toffee Topping; drizzle evenly over pecans and crust.
3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until topping is bubbly and golden; remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips evenly over top; press gently onto surface. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 36 bars.

Toffee Topping: Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Use immediately.

Linking to Lisa at http://www.blessedwithgrace.net/  for more cooking ideas - she has a great blog.

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