Graham cracker chewy bars

This recipe comes from Julienne’s bakery in San Marino and a cookbook called Celebrating with Julienne. I got so excited about the recipe that I ordered the cookbook. The bars are in the oven but I can tell that they are going to be a showstopper! I used almost a whole box of graham crackers, crushed up in the processor, for this recipe.

Graham Cracker chewy bars

Crust-

3 cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temp

1/4 cup sugar

2 T. flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with a mixer, beat all of the ingredients until moist and well blended. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 13″ by 9″ pan.  Bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

Filling

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

4 extra large eggs

2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 T. vanilla extract

3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. baking powder

1 cup pecans, chopped

Prepared crust from above, baked

Powdered sugar to garnish, when cool

Indiv. graham bar

While the crust is baking, in a large bowl or mixer, whisk together the brown sugar and the eggs to blend. Add the graham cracker crumbs, vanilla, salt, baking powder until well blended. Stir in the pecans. Spread over the baked crust and bake at 350 until the top is golden brown and jiggles slightly when tapped, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve and store at room temperature. Cut into 24 bars.

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