12/23/13

Pecan Chewies

An old-fashioned Southern recipe for chewy snack cake bars studded with pecans, similar to blondies but with a little more sass.

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Pecan Chewies! An old-fashioned Southern recipe for chewy snack cake bars studded with pecans, similar to blondies but with a little more sass.

I wanted to do some more holiday baking this weekend and since I had this giant bag of pecans in the freezer, I consulted The Family Bible, which is what we call the ancient black recipe book Mama's been keeping since before I was born. The Family Bible is where the tried-and-true family recipes are kept safe. If it's in there, it's a keeper!

I came across Nanny's recipe for Pecan Chew Bread - aka Pecan Chewies - and knew exactly what to make! I've updated the recipe a bit, adding vanilla and salt, but other than that, these are just like Nanny's.

Pecan Chewies! An old-fashioned Southern recipe for chewy snack cake bars studded with pecans, similar to blondies but with a little more sass.

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Recipe for Pecan Chewies

Pecan Chewies! An old-fashioned Southern recipe for chewy snack cake bars studded with pecans, similar to blondies but with a little more sass.

Pecan Chewies

Pecan Chewies
Yield: 20 Bars
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min
A old-fashioned Southern recipe for chewy snack cake bars studded with pecans, similar to blondies but with a little more sass.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute).
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture then mix until just combined and smooth. Stir in pecans.
  3. Spray a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into pan then bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until set in the middle and golden brown.
  4. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container once cooled.
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13 comments:

  1. I had this recipe years ago and lost it, I'm so glad you posted this, thanks! My sons loved it!
    Dorothy

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  2. I made these for our christmas treat tray and everyone loved them. They were awesome right out of the oven. Thanks!

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  3. Can you use margarine instead of butter?

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    1. Yes, I think so, though I always recommend the real deal :)

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  4. Those look wonderful and I mean this comment in no disrespectful way at all, but do you realize what it would cost me to put two cups of pecans in a cookie recipe? Over twelve dollars unless I found a terrific sale. I think an 8oz. bag is $5.99 at my grocery store. Adding a half pound of butter plus all the other ingredients and this is way beyond my budget for one pan of cookies. Maybe when my ship comes in. :)

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    1. I agree that pecans can be pricey, but I bought 2 pounds of pecans for $11 at Costco. Same price at Sam's Club. I used them all through Christmas baking and still have about 1 cup left.

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  5. Where I live in NC we call this Chew Bread and they are so delicious!!!!!!!!

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  6. Oh Mandy, if only this could be a cookie instead of a cookie bar! Easier to pack in my hubby's lunch as a cookie. Can it be converted somehow?

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    1. Hmmm... I don't think so but you can easily cut these into small squares :)

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  7. Very close to my favorite Chew Bread recipe: 1 stick butter, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 box brown sugar, 2 cups s.r. flour, 1 cup chopped pecans & 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips. 13×9 pan, 325-350 degrees approx. 30 minutes. It's been a family favorite for years! (TN gal)

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  8. Same as above from TN gal. I tried pecan chews before all the way back from the early 70's in Statesboro, Georgia. A Southern lady made them for me but I never got the recipe. I will try these out.

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  9. OMGoodness these are scrumptious!
    A neighbor use to make a peanut butter version.
    Please re-post thes!

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy