“Hidden Treasures” Pecan Bars

Air Date: 
Fri, 03/17/2017
NC Ingredients: 
Pecans, Eggs




1 1⁄2 c
flour (Shortbread Layer)
1⁄2 c
brown sugar (Shortbread Layer)
1⁄2 c
butter, melted (Shortbread Layer)
1⁄2 c
pecans chopped (Shortbread Layer)
8 oz
cream cheese (Cheesecake Layer)
1⁄3 c
butter, softened (Cheesecake Layer)
1⁄2 c
sugar (Cheesecake Layer)
2 T
flour (Cheesecake Layer)
egg (Cheesecake Layer)
2 t
vanilla extract (Cheesecake Layer)
3⁄4 c
brown sugar (Pecan Layer)
1⁄2 c
corn syrup (Pecan Layer)
1⁄3 c
butter, melted and cooled slightly (Pecan Layer)
large eggs (Pecan Layer)
1⁄4 t
Salt (Pecan Layer)
1 t
brandy (Pecan Layer)
1 1⁄2 c
toasted pecans, chopped (Pecan Layer)
1⁄2 c
dark chocolate chips (Pecan Layer)
1⁄4 c
white chocolate chips (Pecan Layer)


Shortbread Layer

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar together. Then add the butter and pecans. Spread onto prepared baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Cool slightly or about 10 minutes.

Cheesecake Layer

Cream together cream cheese, butter, sugar and flour until well combined. Beat in egg and then vanilla. Pour on cooled shortbread layer and bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.

Pecan Layer

In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Add eggs and beat until well incorporated. Add pecans, dark and white chocolate chips, brandy and salt. Pour over cooled Cheesecake layer and bake for 35-40 minutes until center is set and pecan layer is a rich brown color. Optional: drizzle with ¼ cup melted white chocolate chips.


Lisa’s Notes: Carol Brown from Mebane won First Place in the NC Pecan Growers Association contest at the 2016 NC State Fair and it has risen to the top as a Local Dish favorite. Each layer is delicious surprise!