Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate Chip - Pecan Pie Bars + A Cajun Waltz

It was my turn to host my Genealogy Club meeting and these delectable Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars seemed like a perfect choice, for a dessert to go with some good strong Community coffee. This great recipe was adapted from the "Something to Talk About " cookbook, compiled by the Junior League of Lafayette. One bite of these sinfully delicious treats will send you into orbit, cher! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbs.'s brown sugar
1 stick butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tbs.'s melted butter
1/4 tsp.salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Note: I used pecan halves, but chopped work better.

Combine flour and 3 tbs.'s brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in the stick of butter, until crumbly. Press into a buttered 8x11 inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated , 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

 In large bowl, combine the eggs, corn syrup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, pecans, 2 tbs.'s butter, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chips and mix well. Pour over baked crust and bake for 20 to 25 more minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars.

And if you really want to kick up the decadence level a notch, you could drizzle these with my Chocolate Amaretto Sauce! My son's favorite!

 Chocolate Amaretto Sauce
4 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate
1 tbs. butter
6 tbs.'s whipping cream
4 tbs.'s Amaretto

Combine first three ingredients in saucepan and stir and cook over low heat, until melted and smooth.
Remove from heat and stir in Amaretto.  They went really fast!

More Downtown Alive!
I've had a few more requests for more videos of the kick-off  for the Fall Downtown Alive concert series. Here's another little clip that I took of the high spirited crowd, dancing to a lovely Cajun waltz, played by the fantastic band, Feufollet. This one's for you, Daniel! Cheers, cher!

Hope that ya'll are having a great week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Nancy said...

They look positively sinful!

I love Junior League cookbooks and have many. Having once been in the League, - take it from me - they know how to entertain.

cookingwithgas said...

oh my goodness!
I will be back for this one.

Unknown said...

This is going into my must bake recipes.


Maggie May said...

I love your food and the dancing looks good fun.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I've never seen a dessert quite like this one. Looks incredible.

Linda Starr said...

I am munching on a bag of fresh shelled pecans right at my computer and then I click on your blog and look what I see. I love pecans. In California they were always stale, but I got some the other day and they are fresh, yummy your recipe looks so good, got to try it. thanks.

Oh I finally got around to accepting the "Life is Good" award you gave me some time back and I posted about it, thanks ever so much.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm now convinced that you were put in this world to make me hungry!

Margo's Musings said...

Your blog updates are a must-read for me - and your recipes are a household favorite!

My dad is from south Mississippi. We joke that we go visit him just for the food!

Kathryn Magendie said...

omg omg omg! WANT WANT WANT WANT! I love just about anything that has pecans (pronounced PUH CAHN, not PEE CAN or PEE CAHN - PUH CAHN! *laughing*)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, my goodness gracious...just looking at these I've put on five pounds!!! You are so bad for me ;-))) Love you, dear Marguerite!! I need to eat some of these and then get dancin'!! Hope you are having a wonderful week, girlfriend! Love you, Janine XO

ellen abbott said...

I love a waltz. Probably my favorite dance. Though a good polka can be a lot of fun too.

Marguerite said...

Nancy- Thanks, cher, they are! And you can bet that this group of Cajuns know HOW to entertain!

cwg- Thanks, hope that you will and that you try them!

Clarissa- Thanks so much for the nice compliment and for coming by!

Maggie- Thanks for your lovely comment! The dancing is a blast!

Karen- Thanks, so glad you like it! They taste just like Pecan Pie, except with chocolate and bourbon, and they're bars!

Linda- I love pecans, too! Glad you want to try these bars! They are fab! You're welcome, cher!

Cloudia said...

You know how to live, gal pal

Warm Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral

A Kitchen Witch said...

Just reading the name of this dessert aloud to the hubby got him grinning ear to ear! And, we love Community coffee, that's all I buy these days : )

Drick said...

I have that cookbook, it is a great resource and I go to it many times when contemplating new recipes, it features some wonderful dishes of your area.... this is one I missed...

nanny said...

With the holidays approaching.....this one goes on the list!!!!!!
Made your peppers.....posted it today! We loved them!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Yet another delicious, irresistable, scrumptious, wonderful, mouth-watering, marvellous concoction, Marguerite. Somehow I don't think you are going to let me starve.
And as for the Cajun Waltz video I'll have a dance with the lady in the red dress wearing the chat! LOL ~ Eddie

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Bonjour Marguerite, A beautiful, delicious and fun post .
After eating the Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars, would you dance with me? Not more only 2 hours, tango, salsa, vals..please would you prefer which you want my dear friend... having a wonderful weekend, mon cher ami! Love and hugs, Zhivago

Joanne said...

omg, Marguerite! Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars ... What have I been missing on my hiatus? Your recipe just may bring me back to blogging :)

Hope all is well!

Marguerite said...

Pat- lol Thanks for the nice compliment! I'm happy to oblige!

Margo- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoy the recipes! Southern cooking is the best! Many thanks for stopping by!

Kathryn- lol Hope you try this great PUH-CAHN recipe, cher! It is fab and I'm sure that GMR could make it! Enjoy!

Janine- Merci, cher, these are a bit high in calories and that's why I only make them when I'm having company. lol And a little dancing wouldn't hurt, either. Thanks, hope you're having a wonderful week, too!

ellen- I love to waltz, too! So glad you enjoyed it. And there is a polka on my last post! Fun, also! Thanks for stopping by!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Good thing I ate before coming here today. These cookies look divine. No wonder you all are dancing up a storm!

Catherine said...

I love the videoclip great fun and I love Cajun music anyway, though I've never heard it in Cajun country as I've never been Stateside. The Pecan Pie bars looks yum but totally decadent - I have a pecan pie recipe that is quite similar to this recipe but the spoilsports who wrote the book give the calorie value per slice - it's over 700! So that's enough to put a damper on anyone's enthusiasm. Never mind - still love it! Shame pecans are very expensive over here!
All the best, Catherine.

Rosaria Williams said...

Oh YOu are BAD! And so good!

Arlee Bird said...

Oh, this post is no fair--no fair at all. I don't see anything like this in the store and I doubt whether I'll be in the kitchen making this. And I won't find my wife making it--I do most of the cooking around here. I wish my daughters were here. I could probably talk them into making it. Oh well, I've got the picture.

Tossing It Out

LaToya said...

my goodness. your blog always makes me hungry lol.

those do look very yummy.

Mandy said...

My mouth is drooling right now. That looks like an orgasm in a plate. :-) I wonder if I could cut the recipe in 1/3 though since my goofy husband does NOT eat pecans. He doesn't know what he's missing, I tell you!

Marguerite said...

Cloudia- Merci, cher, birds of a feather.... Aloha and thanks for coming by!

KW- So good to hear from you! Guess you'll have to make them now! lol I'm so hooked on it, too!

Drick- It is a good one, except it is more noveau Cajun and I prefer the old Cajun recipes. I have all three of their cookbooks, but their first, "Talk About Good" is the one I use the most.

nanny- Definitely a good one for the holidays! Thanks so much for trying the stuffed peppers! So glad you enjoyed them! Loved your post!

Eddie- Thanks so much for the lovely compliments, cher! Good choice! The lady in the red halter, with the hat, is a great dancer, and I'm sure that she would be happy to dance with you! lol

Jivago- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! I'd be delighted to tango with you, anytime, mon ami! But, how about a Cajun waltz or two-step, cher? Hope that you're having a wonderful weekend, too!

Joanne- Great to see you, again! Thanks so much for your kind comment, cher! It might take a little while to catch up, but it's like riding a bicycle... lol Welcome back!

Vagabonde said...

Another recipe to copy. I declare, Marguerite, you have the best recipes in the South!

One Busy Mom said...

I was at Downtown Alive last week! With love from Dallas to all my crazy Cajun friends and relatives.


Lisa said...

Now this is what a southern dessert should look like. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday. Hope to see you again next week. By then, I'll have a cute button that you can add to your post.