Chocolate-Date Pecan Bars

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  • Makes 24 bars
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 258 calories
    • Fat 16 g
    • Sat Fat 6 g
    • Cholesterol 18 mg
    • Sodium 23 mg
    • Protein 3 g
    • Carbohydrate 28 g
    • Sugar 20 g
    • Fiber 2 g
    • Iron 1 mg
    • Calcium 17 mg


  1. Check For the crust:
  2. Check 1/2cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the baking pan
  3. Check 1 1/2cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for flouring fingers
  4. Check 1/3cup granulated sugar
  5. Check 1/4teaspoon kosher salt
  6. Check For the filling:
  7. Check 2cups pecans
  8. Check 1/2cup chopped dates
  9. Check 1/2cup packed light brown sugar
  10. Check 1/4cup granulated sugar
  11. Check 4tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  12. Check 1/4cup honey
  13. Check 2tablespoons heavy cream
  14. Check 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  15. Check 1cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, buttering in between and leaving an overhang on all sides; butter the parchment.
  2. Make the crust: In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and salt; process until fine crumbs form. With floured fingers, press the dough into the prepared pan and bake until just beginning to brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; coarsely chop. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugars, butter, honey, and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the pecans, dates, and vanilla.
  4. Spread the filling over the crust, sprinkle with the chocolate chips, and let cool in the pan for about 1 hour.
  5. Holding the paper overhang, lift the pecan bars out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 24 rectangles (6 rows by 4 rows).