These delicious Pecan Bars spiked with Bourbon are a new twist on grandma’s pecan bar recipe. Chock full of rich caramelized pecans, brown sugar, and real butter – these bars are the perfect decadent dessert to take to your next barbecue or potluck!
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, I’ve teamed up with my friend Rachel (you may know her from The Fond Life) to reimagine three classic recipes you can make ahead and take to your next barbecue, potluck, or gathering! I first met Rachel at one of her workshops earlier this year (seriously, if you have the chance, check one out – Rachel is so talented!) We had so much fun cooking up all of these recipes for you!
Ok so first things first – this isn’t my grandma’s recipe. It’s a twist off of my friend Rachel’s collection of family recipes. Only boozier. YAY! I loved turning this vintage recipe into this decadent adult dessert. With a little kick from classic American Whiskey or Kentucky Bourbon, these bourbon pecan bars are as patriotic (and fun) as you can get!
First, this recipe is wicked easy – no joke. Start by making the crust using flour, sugar, and melted butter. Gently press into a baking dish of your choice.
Then make the filling. This is the good stuff. Cook butter, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and pecans until syrupy. It may seem like you’re using a lot of bourbon… that is ok! Most of the alcohol will cook out in the baking process so you’ll need a good amount in order to preserve the flavor and the kick.
Pour the pecan bourbon syrup over the crust and bake. Make sure you cool thoroughly before cutting and serving – the sugar can be very hot! Enjoy with a bourbon or whiskey on the rocks under the fireworks. Now that’s what I call a patriotic Fourth of July dessert!
You can find the FULL recipe on The Fond Life.