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Thursday, November 29, 2012

German Chocolate Cake Pecan Pie Bars

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One of my first major baking endeavors was with my sister-in-law Katelyn, when we made a German Chocolate Cake from scratch. I haven’t made one since, although it’s on my ever-growing baking to-do list. For Katelyn’s birthday this year, I thought I’d give it a go, until I saw the recipe for these German Chocolate Pecan Pie bars. Last year Kate’s birthday dessert was a caramel pecan pie, per her request. Two favorites desserts > one favorite dessert so rather than try and choose between the two, I went for the gold!
These might be better than German Chocolate Cake. They’re just as rich (a small piece will satisfy!) but the dense chocolate base was much preferred to a cake base, which is often too dry or too crumbly. The gooey pecan topping is reminiscent of pecan pie, but with less of that sickly sweet, cavity-inducing chew. Even better, these bar cookies are way easier than rolling out a pie crust or delicately balancing cake layers. If you love German Chocolate Cake or pecan pie, you won’t be disappointed with these!
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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
seen on Bake or Break, originally from Southern Living