Guest Post – Butter Pecan Bars

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by Jamie on May 31, 2011

Jamie and I “met” on twitter a long long time ago, and got to emailing when she needed a bunch of signs and business cards made in a hurry for a charity event. Being the graphic design guru that I am (well.. I can get around alright, anyway), I was happy to help her out in the name of charity. She sent me a box of her famous Candy Corn Bark as a thank you, and the rest is, as they say, history. She has one of my favorite blogs on the web, and I honestly can’t think of a better friend to have than her. Thanks, Jamie, for filling in while I work on my tan (which she has grossly over exaggerated – I will most like be lobster red when I come home, and fade straight back to pasty white before the next blog post).

Hey there! I’m Jamie from My Baking Addiction stepping in for Amber while she is on a glorious vacation in the Florida Keys with James. Let me tell ya, I’m pretty darn jealous of Amber at the present moment, she’s been teasing me with photos of beautiful beaches and guacamole… oh, how I love guacamole.

While Amber and James have been basking in sunshine and margaritas, I’ve been dealing with insanely hot temperatures and tornado watches. This is not so much fun when you’re mildly or seriously claustrophobic and your only form of shelter is a dirty crawl space. Thankfully, I have been able to stay above ground thus far.

When Amber first asked me to guest post here on Bluebonnets and Brownies, I immediately thought I’d try to keep with Amber’s Tex-Mex theme and whip up something savory, but after about one minute, I decided against all that and figured whatever I made would more than likely pale in comparison to Amber’s Tex-Mex greatness. So, I thought I’d stick with what I do best and simply bake something.

I decided to make these Butter Pecan Bars after a phone conversation with Amber where she had schooled me on the Texas pronunciation of the word pecan. Ya see, I refer to them as pee-cons whereas Amber informed me that they referred to as pee-CANS where she comes from. Her husband, James calls them peak-ins, but I’m not going to even comment on that one. Tomato, tamahto, any way you pronounce it, we can agree upon one simple fact… pecans are in fact quite delicious and the perfect addition to countless baked goods.

These Butter Pee-CAN bars are quite simple to whip up and they keep for days, which is always a bonus. The brown sugar infused shortbread crust is the perfect foundation for a layer of buttery pecans and semi-sweet chocolate. These bars make a great dessert or afternoon snack and pair famously with a cup of hot coffee.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Rest assured Amber will be back in all her Tex-Mex glory sporting a fierce tan later this week.

If you’re looking for more Pee-CAN goodness, check out these pecan related posts from Amber.

Mini Fruit Pizzas
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Bites

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

DessertForTwo May 31, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Mmmm! Love this!
I’m a Texan that says pee-cans, yet my whole family says pee-kawns. When someone says ‘peak-ins’ it cracks me up! :)


Sylvie@GITK May 31, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I never know how to pronounce them either, I think I usually say pee-kawns. Sorry Amber! :-) Hope you’re enjoying yourself!


Wenderly May 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

No matter how you pronounce them they look *DELISH*



Haley June 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

These Butter Pee-cans are so delicious and attractive.This is the first time I heard about this.Thanks for your sharing


lusiana158 June 1, 2011 at 4:51 AM

This is one of the best post I found so far. The contents are very good and very informative.I subscribed to your RSS feed by the way!Thanks, this is really cool!


Jen Schall June 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Lovely! These look so tasty!


Michelle June 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Yum! Good job, Jamie. Texan approved. :P


lisa p June 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM

as usual, looks yummy Jamie.


Cookbook Queen June 1, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Butter Pecan is one of my all-time favorite flavors.

And I say Pee-con. You win, Jamie ;)


Chels R. June 1, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Holy Moley, that looks insane!


sherri lynn June 2, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Oh these look so good!!


Miss June 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

These bars look fantastic, I love pecans and I say pa-cans, weird I guess. Great dessert!


Tracy June 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Although I can’t eat pecans myself, I bet my hubby would love these! They look fabulous!


Christy Martin June 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I help cook at a Retreat and Conference center here in Texas. I’ll be adding this bar recipe to our stash. They look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.


lusiana158 June 6, 2011 at 4:41 AM

These Butter Pee-cans are so delicious and attractive.I love your post


Shaina June 10, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Love butter pecan, and the bars look amazing. You say pee-con, I say pee-can, but those peak-ins…well, I’m not sure how we’ll get along with them. Amber seems to be doing a right fine job of it, though. ;)


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