Monday, April 12, 2010

butter pecan bars

Butter pecan bars are one of my most favorite desserts! My mother-in-law makes them, and they are absolutely delicious! However, I'm not very good at making them quite like she does. I've tried and failed. But, I did make them the other day and they actually turned out pretty good. :)

A few of you have asked for the recipe, so here it is, thanks to Betty Crocker:

1 box of Betty Crocker Butter Pecan cake mix
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (I don't use the nuts, but you can if you want)

Heat over to 375. Grease and flour 13x9 pan. Mix about half of the cake mix (dry), the butter, brown sugar, water, and eggs in large bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining cake mix and nuts. Spread evenly in pan (mixture will be thick). Bake until top feels firm when touched, about 25-30 minutes (in my oven, about 20-25 minutes). Cool completely and top with vanilla glaze.

Vanilla Glaze:
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons hot water

Mix all ingredients together. Stir in additional hot water, if needed.