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Kentucky Derby Pie Bars
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Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

These chocolatey pecan bars (based on a classic Kentucky pie) are sure to bring home a win, whether or not you’re watching the horse race.

Serves 20
Ready in 120 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 45 mins
Chill time 60 mins
266 calories per serving

Ingredients

> Cooking spray
> 1 (14.1 oz) box refrigerated pie crust, room temperature
> 1/2 cup unsalted butter
> 1/2 cup brown sugar
> 1 tsp vanilla extract
> 1/4 tsp salt
> 2 tbsp bourbon (optional)
> 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
> 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Steps

1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment. Coat with the cooking spray. Place one pie crust on top of the other (to create a slightly thicker crust) and roll out to a 9x13-inch rectangle. Transfer to baking pan. Bake 10 min. (the crust will not be fully cooked) and let cool.
2
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and bourbon, if using. Heat over medium-low, stirring until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil on high and cook 3 min. Remove from heat and stir in the pecans.
3
Carefully pour pecan mixture over crust. Sprinkle ½ cup chocolate chips over filing. Bake 35–40 min., until bars are golden. Let cool to room temperature.
4
Place remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 15-sec. increments, stirring after each, until melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars and cool until set. Cut into 5 rows; cut each row into 4 pieces.

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