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Day 7: Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups flour

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

8 oz. pecans

1 stick butter

1/3 cup honey

2 tbsp. half and half

Cut softened butter into smaller pieces and smash with a fork (or food processor), with the flour, brown sugar and salt. Mix until it forms small lumps and is evenly distributed. Sprinkle into a 9 x 13 in. pan and press evenly onto bottom. Bake shortbread in the middle of the oven until golden, about 20 minutes. While shortbread is baking, prepare filling.

Coarsely chop the pecans. In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, honey and cream. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 1 minute. Stir in pecans. Pour pecan mixture over hot shortbread and spread evenly. Bake in the middle of oven until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into bars.