Today’s Butterscotch Raisin Pecan Bars recipe was recommended by Janet, who made it this weekend for her friends. It was a huge hit, so I’m guessing her friends like raisins. I liked the bars too, but raisins really are the predominate flavor (and texture) and the bars wouldn’t be the same without them. The best way I can describe them is a cross between a buttery shortbread, raisin pie and pecan pie – though not as gooey or slick as pecan pie.
Butterscotch Raisin Pecan Bars
Butterscotch Raisin Pecan Bars is a recipe adapted from Cooking.com & Elinor Klivans. The bars are like a cross between raisin pie, pecan pie and shortbread.
- 1 cup 140 grams all-purpose flour**
- 1/4 cup 25 grams confectioners’ sugar, plus save extra for dusting
- 1/8 teaspoon .5 ml salt
- 1 stick 114 grams cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
- 1 cup 200 grams packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup 60 ml whipping cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon 5 ml vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons 10 ml all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon 2.5 ml baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon 1 ml salt
- 2/3 to 1 ½ cups raisins 120 grams
- 1 1/2 cups pecans coarsely chopped (140 grams) — toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.
- Combine flour, sugar and salt in food processor and pulse to mix. Add cold butter and pulse until crumbly. Press crumbs into bottom of pan and bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
- In processor or using a bowl and whisk, process or mix together brown sugar, cream, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir or process in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix together raisins and nuts and spread over baked crust. Pour the filling mixture over raisins in nuts.
- Bake until filling is set when pan is shaken gently, about 30 minutes. Cool bars in pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Using sharp knife, cut into 16 bars. Transfer bars to platter and serve.
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I do love raisins, and these bars look heavenly! I love the shortbread/pie-like combo going on. No wonder these bars were such a hit! I can’t wait to make them, and I love how unique they are!
How interesting–I would never have thought of combining those two flavors, but I love cinnamon raisin bread, so why not?
I like raisins, much more so than I did as a child, but am often surprised that people have such a violent reaction to them at times. As in: “why did you put raisins in those cookies,” like it was done deliberately to ruin them. Oh well, at least the ‘picker’ still liked hers…
I love, love, love butterscotch…in fact it is what I am working into most of my PBO entries.
I would love to try this combo. I love butterscotch but not when it’s over-used, if that makes any sense.
Oh, these look great! I think I’ll have to make them for my dad. He is a firm believer that all baked goods should contain raisins. 🙂
Louise, strangely enough — I know what you mean! And I warned said person repeatedly about the raisins. The thing is, he loves anything with those particular pecan/brown sugar/butter flavors, so he just had to try one.
I wouldn’t let those who don’t like raisins have any of these. More for me 🙂 I hate when people pick through food. Or when they eat muffins by unwinding them, but I digress.
I took these to the school and shared them with a few people there. The raisin lovers thought they were great. One person who didn’t like raisins had no problem picking them out.
Steph (I am Bee)
those look so yummy! i never though of combining those three ingredients before
Do you think this would work without raisins? I am just not a fan. 🙁 I’m weird, I know… I can eat raisins by themselves, but put them IN something, and it’s a complete turnoff! ha!
Mmm, I’ll have to avoid that one as I’ll bet my kids wouldn’t eat it and I know Kevin wouldn’t and I’d probably really like it and eat too much of it! Sigh.
HOLY YUM BUTTERSCOTCH!!