Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

in memory of Joan Hayes | Chocolate Chocolate & More

This Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars recipe just might replace the pie altogether.  Everything you love about pecan pie, along with a layer of chocolate, transformed into an easy to eat bar to pick up and enjoy.

Fingers were licked, not a crumb left on a plate. This pecan pie bar recipe just may replace the pie altogether. Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars at TidyMom.net

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The past 2 weeks as been filled with so much emotion.  It started off on such a high, I spent 4 glorious days at Lake Tahoe with 10 other bloggers. My friend Lori of Recipe Girl organized a blogger retreat, at the Tunnel Creek Lodge, on the old Ponderosa Ranch.  We cooked together, danced in the kitchen, snapped chatted and talked a lot about blogging and learning from one another.  I came back rejuvenated and feeling so lucky about the friendships I’ve made through blogging.  When I started blogging 8 years ago, I didn’t really know anyone blogging…….now almost everyone I know is BECAUSE of blogging.  We cheer each other on, share and learn together, and most importantly we support each other.

Last week, that need support came in a big way when the food blogging community lost one of our own.  A dear friend, Joan Hayes, of Chocolate Chocolate and More passed away suddenly, in her sleep, last Thursday from a heart attack. She went to bed feeling nauseous (which is one of the signs of heart attacks in women) and never woke up. Joan had just turned 49 years old and left behind three children.  You guys……I was (still am) in shock and disbelief! ;(

Today is National Chocolate Day, and it’s only fitting that many of us are celebrating Joan’s life, by sharing her incredibly loved site and a chocolate recipe with you today.  Follow (and feel free to use) #ChocolateforJoan and #ChocolateEveryDamnDay on social media

Fingers were licked, not a crumb left on a plate. This pecan pie bar recipe just may replace the pie altogether. Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars at TidyMom.net

Joan, was greatly loved in the blogging community.  She shared freely, taught, guided, laughed and loved!  Joan was a giver… she gave of herself, her time, her knowledge and her love.  She was a lady with a big heart, a kind soul and a dear friend. She is going to be dearly missed by so many and is leaving a BIG hole in the food blogging community.

I don’t remember when we first connected online, but Joan was everyone’s cheerleader.  I do remember the first time we met in person, she was sitting at a table filled with several chocolate desserts…..of course to share with everyone at the table.  She asked my daughter and I to join them, and passed the chocolate our way!

….I’ll forever remember swimming with the dolphins with her on our cruise earlier this year.  She came along with my daughter and I and we spent the day just the three of us on Anguilla and St. Marteen.

I’m so glad we had that week to get to know each other even better! Thanks for believing in me and for all of your advice, Joan.  I hope you’re enjoying all the chocolate you want in heaven!!

Her family and friends are in shock and disbelief that someone as full of life as she could pass so quickly with so little warning. Please learn the signs of heart attack in women (they are different than for men), especially if you have risk factors like family history of heart disease or smoking.  Shortness of breath, jaw pain, back pain, and stomach pain are all heart attack symptoms. Know your risk, know the signs. Only you know if something you’re feeling is not normal.

January 2015 | Caribbean Cruise

January 2015 | Caribbean Cruise

My fellow food bloggers and I are determined to help keep Joan’s blog alive, not just to honor her memory but as a way to keep an income source going to her children. If you are looking for mostly scratch dessert recipes that are simple and delicious check out her Facebook Page and Chocolate Chocolate and More site.

In Chocolate, we trust. AMEN!

In Joan’s memory and in honor of National Chocolate Day, I’m sharing a great recipe for your holiday dessert table…… Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, inspired by Joan’s recipe for Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Everything you love about pecan pie, with a layer of chocolate, transformed into an easy to eat bar to pick up and enjoy. This recipe just may replace the pie altogether.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1  cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt; cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter or food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan (ungreased if using a no-stick pan like I did). Bake 15-20 minutes, until edges are very light golden brown.
  2. While crust is baking, beat together eggs, corn syrup, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla and melted butter. Stir in pecans.
  3. Remove crust from oven and spread chocolate chips evenly over warm crust. Spread filling over chocolate chips.
  4. Cover with foil and return pan to oven. Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until bubbling, filling is set and knife inserted 1-inch from edge comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
  5. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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Fingers were licked, not a crumb left on a plate. This pecan pie bar recipe just may replace the pie altogether. Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars at TidyMom.net

If you are looking for ways to help Joan’s family, please visit her blog, Facebook page, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.