I just love getting a new cookbook! Especially when it’s full of delicious desserts like this one. Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson is my dream cookbook! I’m excited to have gotten this book right before the holidays. These recipes are perfect for a holiday party or just for warming up the house on a cold day.
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I usually have a difficult time picking out my next book from Blogging for Books, because I always want them all! But this month, it was an easy choice. I was so excited to get this book because I have been following Joy’s blog and absolutely love her recipes!
I knew that Homemade Decadence would be filled with incredible desserts. When I opened the book, I was delighted to find that the entire first chapter is filled with breakfast foods! If you know anything about me, you know I love making a big breakfast on a day off. I can’t wait to try some of these donuts, pancakes and muffins.
After the breakfast recipes comes recipe after recipe for delicious drinks, cookies, cakes, pies and more. No matter the occasion, you will find a sweet recipe in this book. Many of Joy’s recipes are updates on a classic favorite, such as her Apple Pie with Cheddar-bacon Crust.
By now, I’ve convinced you that you need this book in your life, right? If not, I’m sure that this recipe will! It was hard to pick the first recipe I would try, but I needed a treat to bring to Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house, so I decided to give these Bourbon-Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars.
Dark chocolate, pecans and bourbon make for a flavorful dessert that is perfect for the holidays! I love the combination of the shortbread crust and crunchy topping. It was a hit with my family!
This recipe would be perfect for a holiday cookie exchange, too! I’m thinking I’ll need to make another batch before the holidays are over.
Enjoy the recipe below, and be sure to check out Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson for even more out-of-this-world desserts, drinks and snacks!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups toasted pecan halves chopped coarsely
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks Jenna's note -- I sprinkled extra chocolate chunks over the top before baking
Put a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter, line with parchment paper, and grease the parchment paper. The parchment paper will ensure that the bars are easy to remove from the pan, but it's not entirely necessary. (Jenna's note -- I skipped the parchment paper and it was fine!)
For the crust, in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, confectioner's sugar, butter and salt. Beat until the mixture is combined, but crumbly, about 4 minutes. Dump the mixture into the prepared baking dish and use your fingers to press the crust evenly across the bottom.
Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, but leave the oven on.
For the filling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, bourbon, and salt until thoroughly combined and glossy. Stir in the pecan pieces and chocolate chunks. Pour the mixture over the baked crust, distributing the pecans and chocolate pieces evenly.
Bake until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the baking dish before slicing into bars. The bars will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.