Graham Cracker Chewy Bars

I knew I would be making these bars once I made the batch of homemade graham crackers. I mentioned that I didn’t think the grahams were that great or worth the effort when I originally posted about them. But I went back to update the post because the next day, they tasted awesome.

I agree with Erin that the name of these bars is a bit misleading. Everyone asked me what these were called and I had a hard time giving them a good description. One person said they tasted like pecan pie. Another said they tasted like baklava because of the nuts and the honey flavor.

I agree with both of those remarks. The texture was very similar to pecan pie. And with the flavor of honey coming from th graham crackers mixed with the pecans, they did taste like baklava (although for me, so much of baklava is about the texture). So I just kept calling them graham cracker bars. It’s the best I could come up with, but be warned, it doesn’t describe the awesomeness of these bars.

These bars would make a great addition to the Thanksgiving spread. And I love how portable they are!

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Graham Cracker Chewy Bars

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

3 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour

2 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup pecans, chopped
Powdered sugar, if desired

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and flour until moist and well-blended. Press the mixture firmly and evenly over the bottom of a 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan. Bake until the crust is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, in a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs to blend. Whisk in the graham cracker crumbs, vanilla, salt and baking powder until well-blended. Stir in the pecans.

Spread the mixture over the baked crust and return to the 350-degree oven until the filling is dark-golden on top and jiggles slightly when tapped, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Sprinkle a light coating of sifted powdered sugar over the pan if desired, and cut into 24 bars. The bars can be made 1 day in advance. Wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature.

Recipe as seen on Erin's Food Files, originally from Cooking with Julienne

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8 Responses to “Homemade Graham Crackers and Caramel S’mores”

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    Sunshine — October 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    That’s the same recipe I used for grahams last summer, and I was addicted to them. Could not stop eating them! Thanks for reminding me to make them again.

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    Krystal — October 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I loved your themed week recipes, it’s so festive and fun. These sound sinful with the caramel chocolates. YUM!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE what you did with all the s’mores! Great idea and you’re just so creative with it all. Let me know if you ever need a taste-tester, I live right down the street!

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    Shannon — October 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    i’ve wanted to try my own graham crackers… bummer to hear they’re not that much better than store bought! FABULOUS idea with the caramel chocolates though 🙂

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    Lindsey — October 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my lord…can I just tell you how good these look!!!!

    And I LOVE smores!

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    Elizabeth — October 11, 2010 at 5:03 am

    these look FABULOUS, and yes smores with Reese’s cups are absolutely delicious! I just found your blog and became your follower because your recipes look divine, I will def. be trying some of them in the near future! Have a wonderful day!

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    The Cilantropist — October 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I made this graham recipe too! I wish I had gotten to check if some of them were better a few days later, but mine were all gone after a weekend of camping. 😉 I felt like you did at first though, that they were good but not great, and so it is a good thing to know they improve with time. Thanks for all these recipes!

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    Kerstin — October 14, 2010 at 4:19 am

    What a great week of posts – I especially love your caramel twist here and I’m super impressed you made your own graham crackers 🙂

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