Praline Cookie Bars

Cook time: 25 Min  Prep time: 45 Min  Serves: 24 bars (approximate)

Ingredients:

1 c butter, unsalted
2/3 c light brown sugar, packed
2 2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c pecans, finely ground

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TOPPING:

1/2 c butter, unsalted
1 c light brown sugar, packed
1/3 c honey
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 c pecans, chopped
1 c coconut, shredded (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil, letting some hang over the edges.
2. For the Crust: Cream 1 cup of butter and brown sugar together. Slowly stir in flour, salt and ground pecans until mixture is crumbly. Press into foil lined pan and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
3. Topping: Make topping while crust is baking. Combine butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a saucepan. Dissolve ingredients on a medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 1 minute. Add pecans & coconut (0ptional) and remove from heat.
4. Pour topping over crust as soon as it is removed from the oven. Spread it out evenly.
5. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, until filling is set.
6. Remove pan from oven and cool completely.
7. Use the foil to lift cookie bars out of baking pan. Remove foil and cut into bars approximately 2″ x 2″

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