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Holiday cookies: Day 22 — Pecan Bars

This recipe is from Juanita Kaufman. She writes, “Many years ago, I was taking night classes at a junior college and became acquainted with a lady who was in charge of the cafeteria. Aside from accounting, we both shared a love of cooking. She gave me several recipes and this is one of my very favorites.”



1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup dark-brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons milk


2 eggs

1 cup dark-brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1-1/4 cups chopped pecans

3/4 cup shredded coconut (4 ounces)


Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9-by-9-by-2-inch square pan with aluminum foil.

Crust: Cream butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Blend in flour and milk. Pat into pan and up sides a bit. Bake 20 minutes. Cool slightly.

Filling: Beat eggs well, then beat in sugar and vanilla. Blend in 2 tablespoons flour and baking powder. Fold in coconut and pecans. Pour over baked crust and bake for 35 minutes more. Cool and cut into squares. Makes: About 3 dozen