5NEWS Grill: German Chocolate Pecan Bars
3 cups pecan halves or pieces
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Line bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 inch pan with heavy duty aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil.
Pulse flour, powdered sugar, cold butter and unsweetened cocoa in a food processor 5 to 6 times or until mixture resembles course meal. Press mixture on bottom and 3/4 inch up sides of prepared pan.
Bake crust at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle chocolate morsels over crust. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes)
Whisk together brown sugar, light corn syrup, melted butter and eggs. Stir in coconut and toasted pecans, and spoon into prepared crust.
Bake at 350 degrees or until golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Chill one hour. Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Transfer to a cutting board; cut into bars.
Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.