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
- 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
- 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
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Cookie Crust:
- Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Slowly beat in flour mixture.
- Add water, and beat to combine.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread evenly in prepared pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
For the Filling:
- While the crust bakes, prepare the filling. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, flour, salt and bourbon until mixed through.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
- Pour over the cookie crust.
- Bake about 45 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown. If the top starts to brown, cover with foil.
- Allow the bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
For the Bourbon Sauce:
- While the bars cool, make the bourbon sauce.
- Whisk together the heavy cream, bourbon and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Combine the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Once it begins to boil, whisk until the mixture starts to smell like caramel and turns a light golden color.
- When you see that it has started to turn that golden color, slowly pour in the heavy cream mixture, whisking quickly.
- Continue to heat over medium-high heat until mixture has thickened and is a light caramel color. About 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- 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