Pecan Praline Bars

I fell in love with praline when my sister moved to Georgia years ago. I of course tried that wonderful, southern treat when she took me out to show me the town. Oh my goodness, total love at first bite my friends. I’ve been working on making my own version, and once I had it right I decided to slather it on a warmly spiced blondie base. The two layers worked so well together! These pecan praline bars were so decadent without being overly sweet because of the salty pecans.

I didn’t have to leave any butter out to soften for this recipe, which was good because I way too often forget to do it. Instead, the butter melted on the stove and I just slowly whisked in all of the rest of the ingredients. It came together really easily!
I used a 9 x 13 pan for this recipe, which let me cut it all into lots of squares. The batter made a nice bottom layer after I lined the pan with foil and sprayed it really well with cooking spray. Since everything about this recipe is super sticky, preparing the pan like that was important.
It took about 20 minutes to bake that layer to perfection. I used a toothpick to insert it into the center. When it came out cleanly, it was done. Then I let this layer cool completely.
While the blondie layer cooled, I made the easy praline icing. I made it in the same saucepan that I cleaned out from making the blondie batter, so that I didn’t have too many pots and pans to wash at the end of all this loveliness. The butter, brown sugar and heavy cream all gently bubbled together before I took it off the heat and stirred in the powdered sugar.
I quickly slathered that praline onto the blondie layer evenly before it set, then let it set completely in the refrigerator for two hours. Then they were ready to cut!

Oh my goodness, having one with a frosty glass of milk was such a fantastic afternoon pick me up. They are so good with tea or coffee too. I loved how the salty, crunchy pecans gave it such fantastic flavor and texture to cut through all of the sweetness. The warm spices in the blondies helped as well to keep it all balanced. Hope you all love these beauties too! xoxo

Pecan Praline Bars
Pecan Praline Bars
5 from 4 votes
Pecan Praline Bars
Pecan Praline Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Setting Time
2 hrs
 

These pecan praline bars are such an incredible dessert with a warmly spiced blondie base and a luscious, pecan filled praline top layer!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blondies, Pecan Praline Bars
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Ingredients
FOR THE BLONDIE LAYER
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
FOR THE PRALINE ICING
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and get out a 9 x 13 pan. Line the pan with foil and spray it well with cooking spray. Then start on the blondie base. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl and whisk them together. Set the dry ingredients aside. Get a large saucepan on the stove and melt the two sticks of butter in it. Whisk in the brown sugar and keep whisking until it is dissolved and thick. Take it off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Finally, whisk in the dry ingredients until you have a soft, sticky batter. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake the tray for about 20 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out cleanly. Let the tray cool completely.

  2. While the tray cools, make the praline icing. Wash out the saucepan you used for the blondie batter and then get it back on the stove. Combine the butter and brown sugar in it and let it come to a gentle boil over medium heat while you stir it constantly. Pour in the heavy cream and stir it in, letting it come back up to a gentle boil for 5 minutes while you keep stirring. Take it off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes. Then stir in the powdered sugar until you have a nice icing. Finally, stir in the pecans. Working quickly before it sets, spread the icing evenly and smoothly on the cooled blondie layer. Set the tray in the refrigerator to completely set for 2 hours. Then cut into 20 even squares and serve! Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Praline Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.2g25%
Saturated Fat 9.5g59%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 43.5g15%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 33.1g37%
Protein 2.2g4%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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