Famous Carolina Pecan Bars

How to make Famous Carolina Pecan Bars



3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Maple extract

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs, room temperature

1 cup butter, unsalted

2 cups white sugar

1 tbsp butter

1 ½ cups pecans, roughly chopped


6 cups Confectioners Sugar

12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened

⅔ cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp Maple extract

1 to 2 tbsp Milk


Preheat the oven to 350*

Grease a 9×13 baking pan

In a small skillet, melt 1 tbsp butter, then add the chopped pecans and stir until toasted

Remove from heat

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup butter and sugar. Beat until fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each

Then add the Vanilla extract and the Maple extract

In another bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder

Slowly add the dry mix into the wet mixture, alternate mixing in the 1 cup Milk

Mix until just combined, then gently fold in the pecans

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

As the cake bakes, prepare the frosting

Combine the Confectioners Sugar, Cream Cheese and ⅔ cup butter, vanilla extract and maple extract. Beat until smooth, adding just enough milk to make the consistency you want

When the cake is done, and has cooled enough to handle it, divide the cake in half

Take one half of the cake and crumble it into a large bowl, stir in ¼ of the frosting

Repeat this process with the second half of the cake

Transfer all the cake crumble back into the baking pan and press into an even layer

Top this pressed layer with the remaining frosting

Sprinkle with chopped pecan pieces to garnish

Refrigerate until fully set, about 4 hours or overnight

Cut into small squares and serve chilled


Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 909 | TOTAL FAT: 48g | SATURATED FAT: 24g | TRANS FAT: 0g | UNSATURATED FAT: 21g | CHOLESTEROL: 161mg | SODIUM: 482mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 116g | FIBER: 2g | SUGAR: 89g | PROTEIN: 9g

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