Thanksgiving Part 2: A Replacement for Pecan Pie

Not wanting to disappoint the pecan lovers in my family (we all have a few die hards, right?), but wanting to prevent pie overload (yes, I know some of you may think that is nearly impossible), I decided to try a pecan bar recipe instead of the standard pecan pie. Like the apple pie recipe search, I saw quite a few and  many of them were fairly similar – all seemed to produce something that “tastes just like pecan pie” without the extra effort of making a pie crust.

My final decision was a recipe from Southern Living – sounded easy and had some promising reviews. If you like pecan pie and want just a slight change of pace, this recipe is for you. Enjoy!

Pecan Squares (adapted from Southern Living)


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped pecans


Sift together 2 cups of flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Cut in ¾ cup softened butter using a pastry blender or fork, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mix on bottom and 1 inch up sides of lightly greased 13X9 baking dish.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until edges are very lightly browned.

Bring brown sugar, honey, 2/3 cup butter, and whipping cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in cinnamon and pecans and pour hot filling into prepared crust.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Cool completely before cutting!!!


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