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Salted Pecan & Caramel & Brown Sugar Bites (Tray Bake)

Sunday March 17 2013

OK, so I don’t love shortbread-based tray bakes. I guess I actually don’t really love shortbread. I’ve just been pretending because there are so many shortbread-based sweets here in the UK.  But man!  Do I love those little “Salted Caramel Pecan Bar Petites” at Starbucks (except the you-guessed-it: shortbread base), so I’ve been on a little quest to find a ‘better’ version that I could make at home, with a variation of the normal base. So here goes…

You should have most of these ingredients/supplies at home & these quantities will make 20-24 squares/bites:

Mix the butter & brown sugar until well-combined, then add in the flour. Mix the flour into the softened butter & sugar combo until  a crumbly batter results. You may also want to use your fingers to crumble out any big lumps.

Use your fingers to spread the mix into the pan, and press it in well…

I also used a small rolling pin to flatten out/smooth the batter into the pan.

Bake the base for about 15-20 minutes, or until the top looks like a cooked cookie.  In the meantime, while the base is baking, prepare the topping:

Mix all of these together in a bowl, adding pecans last…

Then pour the mix over the baked base, and cook in the oven for a further 20 minutes.

You’ll know it’s done when the top looks firm/set/crunchy.  Add your sea salt or fleur de sel to taste (just enough so each bite has some salt).

I would eat them ooey-gooey from the oven, but the caramel will be runny. You should leave them to set for a few hours at least, and I promise they’ll be worth the wait… What you’ll end up with is a sweet & chewy brown-sugar biscuit base, with a yummy & salty caramel/pecan topping. I was going to drizzle some dark chocolate on these, but they actually were perfect without…

2 responses to Salted Pecan & Caramel & Brown Sugar Bites (Tray Bake)

  1. donnakeay says:

    Hi what is Karo I have never seen this and where do you get it please

    • admin_jen says:

      HI Donna, it’s a brand of corn syrup. Not sure where you are, but I have been able to order from Amazon in the UK. In the US, it is sold regularly in the supermarkets/grocery stores. Hope that helps!

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