Desserts, Food

Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, we had to celebrate with a yummy dessert! These Kentucky Derby pie bars are a perfect blend of a chocolate chip cookie and a slice of pecan pie. With a dollop up vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of bourbon sauce to top it off, this treat is a winner at any event! Happy Eating!

Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

Ingredients

Cookie Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whole pecans

Bourbon Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

For the Cookie Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. Slowly beat in flour mixture.
  6. Add water, and beat to combine.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs, flour, salt and bourbon until mixed through.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
  4. Pour over the cookie crust.
  5. Bake about 45 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown. If the top starts to brown, cover with foil.
  6. Allow the bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

For the Bourbon Sauce:

  1. While the bars cool, make the bourbon sauce.
  2. Whisk together the heavy cream, bourbon and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring it to a boil.
  5. Once it begins to boil, whisk until the mixture starts to smell like caramel and turns a light golden color.
  6. When you see that it has started to turn that golden color, slowly pour in the heavy cream mixture, whisking quickly.
  7. Continue to heat over medium-high heat until mixture has thickened and is a light caramel color. About 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Once the bars have cooled, cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla sauce and a drizzle of bourbon sauce poured over top.

Enjoy! XO, Carrie

 

Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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