Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chocolate Pecan Bark

I am a chocoholic. My favorite treats to eat during the holidays, or anytime really, have chocolate in them. As much as I love sugar cookies and the like, I'll usually choose chocolate over a non-chocolate treat. If I'm going to consume the calories, it may as well be chocolate calories! My favorite treat to make during the holidays is Pecan Bark, a recipe I found in a magazine published in the weekend newspaper (Parade, or something like that). I love, love, love pecan pie and this candy is like little bites of pecan pie. Well, what's better than pecan pie? Pecan pie with chocolate! A little sprinkle of chocolate chips makes this recipe my absolute bliss. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pecan Bark
Chocolate Pecan Bark

(this is not a low-FODMAP recipe)
24 graham cracker squares
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chococalte chips
1 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes)
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 15" x 10" rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil. (Important! Make sure your sheet will fit in the freezer before starting the recipe. If it doesn't fit, you can use a couple of smaller pans that will fit.) Sray foil lightly with cooking spray. Place graham crackers in a single layer on the foil. Sprinkle evenly with pecans and chocolate chips.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt butter. Add brown sugar and stir and cook until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Pour butter mixture evenly over the pecans, chocolate chips and graham crackers. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. After baking, immediately place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Freeze for 1 hour. Break into pieces and store tightly covered at room temperature.

Here are a couple other chocolate treats I've made for the holidays.

Maple Cream Bonbons, from

Mint Fudge
(recipe adapted from Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge on

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