Pecan Bars with Almond Glaze

3 Tbl. unsalted butter, softened

3 Tbl. shortening

1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. powdered sugar

3/4 c. + 1 Tbl. flour

1 egg

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. pecans, chopped


Almond Glaze:

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbl. melted butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. almond extract

1 Tbl. milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter, shortening and powdered sugar.  Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix until combined.  Press evenly in the bottom of an 8x8'' baking dish, that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 13 minutes.  Mix remaining 1 Tablespoon flour, egg, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and pecans together and spread evenly over the hot crust right when it comes out of the oven.  Return pan to oven and bake 20 more minutes.  While that is baking whisk together all of the glaze ingredients.  Remove the bars from the oven and pour the glaze over the top while they are still warm.  Cool completely (will take several hours) and cut into bars.    


Jenn's Notes: If you are not a fan of almond extract, use all vanilla instead.  


slightly adapted from: Our Best Bites

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