These were to die for. As far as where they rate on health scale? Might make you die if you ate them every day ha. But to indulge was wellll worth it. Found the original recipe here. They’re titled “Graham Cracker Chewy Bars….which was the original reason I made them cause we’ve had graham crackers sitting in our pantry forever so I wanted to find a good dessert to utilize them with! But I took my ingredients/equipment “to go” over to my moms to bake over there and I only grabbed one package of graham crackers on accident which I don’t think was near enough….so they weren’t truly the focal point but the bars were still SO good and tasted exactly like pecan pie. Which is why I renamed them.
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 4 extra-large eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 prepared crust
- Powdered sugar, if desired
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your graham crackers into crumbs however you want. Food processor or I just used a random kitchen tool and pounded away. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and flour until moist and well-blended. Press the mixture firmly and evenly over the bottom of a 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan (my throw away pan was a little smaller). Bake until the crust is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
While your crust is baking, in a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs to blend. Then whisk in your graham cracker crumbs, vanilla, salt and baking powder until well-blended. Chop up and stir in the pecans.
Get your prepared crust and spread the mixture over the baked crust and return to the 350-degree oven until the filling is dark-golden on top and jiggles slightly when tapped, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool completely. (Mine needed a little longer to cook). OH and I forgot to snap a pic of when I poured mixture over AND when I took it out. AMATEUR HOUR! I swear it looked realllly ooey gooey good.
Dust it over with powder sugar and cut into squares! SUPER good when they were fresh and warm. All members of both sides of my family thoroughly enjoyed…and devoured.
Each bar: 247 calories; 2 grams protein; 36 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber;11 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 50 mg. cholesterol; 184 mg. sodium. (Now pretend you didn’t read that)