Pecan Pie Bark makes a perfect holiday gift with a graham cracker base, chopped pecans and brown sugar. It’s sweet, crunchy, and ready in 20 minutes!
PECAN PIE BARK
Pecan Pie Bark is the ultimate holiday candy. It’s a simple and fun take on a classic Pecan Pie. The graham cracker base is like the crust of pecan pie while the brown sugar and pecan mixture has the same taste as the pecan pie filling. All together the Pecan Pie Bark turns out buttery, crunchy, and wonderfully rich.
This Pecan Pie Bark has all the iconic taste of a classic Thanksgiving pie, but made into a hassle-free dessert. Instead of having to bake and cut up a whole pie for a sit down dessert, this treat is easy to have around the house to grab a few pieces of throughout the holiday season. It’s great to make a week or two leading up to Thanksgiving to get into the holiday spirit.
PECAN PIE BARK AS A GIFT
During the holidays it’s always great to make small treats like this as gifts. When it comes to packaging Pecan Pie Bark, you can put them in a cellophane bag or festive tin. If you use cellophane, simply wrap it around a few pieces of Pecan Pie Bark, then tie it with a holiday ribbon at the top. If you have a tin to put them in line it with parchment paper cut to size or decorative tissue paper.
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TIPS FOR MAKING PECAN PIE BARK
This Pecan Pie Bark is slightly different than many holiday bark recipes. While classic Peppermint Bark and other bark recipes are no-bake desserts, this one does have some oven time. Putting the Pecan Pie Bark in the oven gives it needed time to become nice and crunchy. It also helps to bake the pecan mixture and the graham cracker crust together, so they stay together in one easy piece.
- To make sure that your Pecan Bark doesn’t stick to the pan, line your baking sheet with tin foil and then spray it with vegetable oil.
- Line the graham crackers along the bottom of your pan for the base. Make sure to place them together closely so there aren’t any gaps. If they don’t fit properly break apart the crackers.
- Next, mix together the butter, brown sugar, and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Be careful to stir the mixture so the sugar doesn’t burn.
- Once it’s come to a boil add in the pecans and the vanilla extract.
- Pour the mixture over the graham crackers.
- Bake the for 10 minutes, then let the bark cool before breaking it apart.
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VARIATIONS ON PECAN PIE BARK
- Crust: Instead of using graham crackers as the base of your pecan bark, you can try out using broken up pieces of vanilla wafers or saltine crackers. You could also use different kinds of graham crackers like cinnamon graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers.
- Nuts: Although this recipe is based around Pecan Pie, you could make it with any kind of nuts you’d like. Try using almonds, walnuts, or a mix of a few of your favorite nuts.
- Maple Syrup: Pecans and maple syrup make a great combination. To bring that into your bark recipe replace the vanilla with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
- Bourbon: To make a boozy Pecan Pie Bark try adding in 2-3 tablespoons of bourbon at the same time you add pecans.
- Chocolate: Toss in a cup of chocolate chips to the sauce pan to melt in with the butter, sugar, and other ingredients to make this into a Chocolate Pecan Pie Bark.
HOW TO STORE PECAN PIE BARK
- Serve: You can keep your candy bark at room temperature for up to a week. Keep the bark covered or put it in an airtight container.
- Store: To keep them fresh longer, you can keep the Pecan Bark in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Freeze: Bark is also a great recipe to make ahead of time and freeze. Put the broken up pieces of bark in a freezer bag separated by parchment paper. It will keep well for up to 6 months.
- 12 sheets graham crackers
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar , packed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups pecans , chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil sprayed with vegetable oil.
- Line up the graham crackers tightly (break crackers in half to fill in any gaps too).
- In a large saucepan add the butter, brown sugar and salt on medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and stir constantly for 3 minutes.
- Add in the pecans and cook for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Place the mixture over the graham crackers.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cool completely before breaking apart.