Pecan Praline Bar Cookies

According to Wikipedia’s research, praline is is a form of confection containing at a minimum culinary nuts, usually almonds and hazelnuts, and sugar. Cream is also a common third ingredient.

Homemade Praline with Chopped Pecans

There are three types:

  • Belgian
  • French
  • American
Belgian Praline Sweets

Praline is prepared and used as a filling in chocolates and other sweets.

A praline cookie is usually a cookie base topped with praline and nuts.

Pecan Praline Cookiephoto source: the view from great island

Preparing and Baking Pecan Praline Cookie Bars

The same as a cookie but only in a bar. The cookie or bars have a shortbread base.

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter

 2 cups flour

 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

 1/3 cup honey

2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

 2 cups pecan pieces

Baking Instructions

Heat oven to 350°F.

To prepare crust place flour, 3/4 cup butter, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in food processor and pulse until mixture forms small lumps.

Place in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and pat crust mixture evenly across bottom of baking dish.

Bake 20 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven.

While crust bakes, melt remaining butter in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in honey and cream, then dissolve remaining brown sugar. Bring to a boil.

Cook 1 minute, remove from heat and stir in pecans.

Pour topping evenly over hot crust.

Return to oven and bake 20 minutes longer or until topping is browned and bubbling.

Let cool for about 15-20 minutes – than cut into squares and serve.

Optional to serve with vanilla ice cream.

Coconut Pecan Sugar Cookies

Originally, cookies had one purpose in the kitchen as bakers used them to test the oven by baking small amounts of cake batter before baking an entire cake.

Since then, these “small cakes” have evolved and now hundreds of recipes for cookies are available today – which includes the Sugar Cookie.

The Sugar Cookie made its debut in the 1700’s by German settlers to Pennsylvania (USA) and the cookies were an instant success.

Since that time, sugar cookies have become popular at Christmas and Halloween time and including Arbor Day and Groundhog Day in the U.S.

GROUNDHOG DAY COOKIES – Photo Credit: Fork and Beans

Sugar cookie dough is easy to work with (usually just 3 or 4 ingredients) as the dough holds its shape during the baking process. It is also a great cookie recipe to work with because it contains no baking soda.

Although they are frequently eaten straight from the oven, the sugar cookie can be frosted, sprinkled, and cut into any shape for added eating fun.

Though sugar cookies are about 2 to 3 round, you can also make them bite sized.

And that is what we did with this recipe, Coconut Pecan Sugar Cookies – sandwich style. They are topped with pecan bits and powdered sugar. And between the two cookies are shredded coconut, Heath bar bits and sweet milk.

Making Coconut Pecan Sugar Cookies

You will need:

1 (17 ½ oz.) sugar cookie mix
1 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup Heath bar bites
1/2 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

In a large bowl add the cookie mix, butter and egg. Mix until dough thickens.

On a floured surface with a roller spread dough to ¼ inch thick.

Cut out cookies with a cookie mold – about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

Place cookies on non-stick cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Next mix coconut and Heath bar bites with sweet milk and set aside.

Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool one minute on cookie sheet then remove to a wire rack until they cool completely.

To assemble the sandwiches smear 1 tsp. of coconut – sweet milk mix onto 12 cookies. On the other 12 cookies dab a little sweet milk, and then put cookies together forming a sandwich.

Top cookies with chopped pecan pieces and top that with powdered sugar. Store cookies in an air tight container.

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