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Butterscotch Raisin Pecan Bars

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 5 Minutes
  Makes 20 bars
These bars have a chewy brown sugar filling that is loaded with an extraordinary quantity of raisins and pecans. It bakes on a crisp butter crust.
For the Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
For the Filling:
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 9-inch square or 11 x 7 x 2 inch baking pan. Using electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix flour, confectioners' sugar and salt in large bowl on low speed to blend. Add butter and beat on medium speed until some 1/4-inch pieces remain and fine crumbs form, about 1 minute. Transfer crumbs to prepared pan; press evenly over bottom. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Using electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat brown sugar, cream, eggs and vanilla in large bowl on medium speed until smooth. Reduce mixer speed. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in raisins and pecans. Pour batter evenly over the partially baked crust.

Bake until filling is set when pan is shaken gently, about 30 minutes. Cool bars in pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Using sharp knife, cut into 16 bars. Transfer bars to platter and serve.

Bars can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.

Recipe created exclusively for by Elinor Klivans.

Serving size = 1 bar

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 20 bars
Calories: 224
Fat. Total: 13g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 27g
Sodium: 63mg
% Cal. from Fat: 52%
Cholesterol: 37mg
Protein: 3g
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Rating: 5
by: Janet Reviewed: 04/05/2009
Awesome recipe!
These were easy and absolutely decadent. It has a lot of flavor and the crust was flaky, can't say enough great about this one. My first look at the recipe I was not too impressed but turns out to be "a keeper"! Thanks to the author!!!
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