Butter Pecan Bars

Here is another variation on the cake mix bar cookie recipe from Stephanie Ashcraft’s “101 More Things to do with a Cake Mix”.  Courtney had some friends coming over tonight and they don’t like chocolate!  What?  So I pulled out my cake mix cookbooks and looked over all the yummy ones that I’ve never made for my family because they aren’t chocolate and this one looked pretty good and was the one that Cort chose.  And, I have to say, for not being chocolate, they are pretty good!  🙂

bars:

1 butter pecan or white cake mix (I used white)

2 eggs

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

frosting:

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 – 3 tablespoons milk

24 – 30 pecan halves, optional

1  Preheat oven to 350.  With a spoon, mix cake mix, eggs, butter and vanilla together.  Stir in pecans.  Press dough into a lightly greased 9 x 13″ pan.  Bake 14 – 16 minutes or until light golden brown around edges.  Cool 15 – 20 minutes.

2  Mix butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk to make frosting.  Spread evenly over top of cooled dessert.  Cut into bars.  Place a pecan half in center of each bar if desired.

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