These luscious Derby Day Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars is the perfect bite size, easy to serve treat for your Derby Day party guests.
Since my son’s birthday is May 5th we usually have a combined theme party depending on what day family come over to celebrate. The first week of May also celebrates Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, which is always held the first Saturday in May.
When Ethan was younger we would combine his birthday with these themes. Now that he is turning 18 I doubt if we will even see him on his birthday. Such is life!
We live about 90 minutes from Louisville, Ky and since my wife’s family lived in Louisville, for a few years, they really know how to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. Over the years I have created a couple of recipes to celebrate the day.
I created these Derby Day Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars to make it easier to serve guests all the flavors of the famous pie with the same name as the Derby. I also created a derby day truffle using a chocolate pecan pie and a unique crock pot overnight oatmeal for your guest to have for breakfast before the Derby.
This Derby Day Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars recipe is a great addition to serve your guests Derby weekend or just another awesome treat for your next party. Here is a little history about the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby History Alternatively referred to as “The Run for the Roses” or “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The Kentucky Derby draws an average of 150,000 visitors each year, including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents, and even members of royal families.Kentucky Derby History:The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875. Close to 10,000 people watched as 15 thoroughbred horses ran what was then a 1.5 mile course. In 1876, the length of the race was changed to 1.25 miles. By the early 1900s, owners of winning Kentucky Derby horses started sending their winners to run in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York. In 1930, sportswriter Charles Hatton coined the term “Triple Crown” in reference to the same horses running the three races consecutively. Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Facts and History from about.com
These Derby Day Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars are really easy to make. Check out my video above for the techniques on find it on my YouTube Channel DadWhats4Dinner!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp, baking soda
- 3/4 tsp, salt
- 1 cup Unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp, pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups mixed semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups chopped toasted pecans, divided
- 1 cup semis-weet chocolate morsels
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup bourbon or water
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 tsp, cornstarch
- 2 tsp, vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp, table salt
- (Optional) Whipped topping and shaved chocolate for serving.
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F, with rack in center. Line a 11-by-15-inch baking dish with parchment paper along the sides to overlap the rim. Butter or grease parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars together in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time and then vanilla; mix until well combined.
Slowly add flour mixture; beat on low-speed until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and 1/2 cup toasted pecans.
- Spread dough on prepared baking dish. Roll to flatten. Use hands to create a 1/2 rim of dough around the edges to create a vessel for the filling: set aside.
- Stir together corn syrup and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients.
- Slowly whisk one-fourth of hot corn syrup mixture into egg mixture to temper.
- Slowly add egg mixture to remaining hot corn syrup, whisking constantly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then add chocolate chips and pecans.
- Pour filling into prepared cookie bar crust.
- Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes, rotating dish halfway through, until edges are brown and pie filling is set.
- Cool cookie bars completely on a wire rack before slicing.
First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2017
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