Why This Recipe Works
For a pecan bar recipe with all the best attributes of pecan pie—buttery crust, gooey filling, and nutty topping—we found that the flavors needed to be concentrated. We cut back on both wet and dry ingredients to find the perfect balance of sweetness and gooeyness. We added a substantial amount of vanilla extract along with bourbon (or rum) to cut through the sweetness and intensify the flavor of the nuts. To maximize the pecan flavor, we toasted them. Adding ground pecans to the crust gave a final nutty flavor boost to our pecan bar recipe.