Pecan Bark

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Every year, during the holiday season, my dear friend Sarah and I gather in the cozy warmth of her kitchen to indulge in some baking adventures. One chilly December afternoon, as we sifted through old family recipes, we stumbled upon her grandmother’s handwritten Pecan Bark recipe. Memories of Sarah’s childhood came flooding back – the laughter, the flour-dusted aprons, and the irresistible aroma of homemade sweets. With a twinkle in her eye, Sarah urged us to recreate this classic treat, and oh, what a delight it was!

How to Prepare Pecan Bark


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 24 graham cracker squares


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly grease it.
  3. Arrange the graham cracker squares on the prepared cookie sheet in a single layer.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly over the graham squares.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter.
  6. Add the packed brown sugar to the saucepan and stir the mixture until it begins to boil.
  7. Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the pecans and graham squares, ensuring even coverage.
  8. Bake the mixture in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Once done, remove the pan from the oven and place it in the freezer for about 1 hour to allow the bark to set.
  10. Take the pan out and break the chilled bark into charmingly rustic pieces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use salted butter for this recipe?

It’s best to use unsalted butter to have better control over the saltiness of the final product.

Q: Can I substitute the graham crackers with another type of cracker?

While graham crackers contribute to the recipe’s unique flavor and texture, you can experiment with other plain, slightly sweet crackers.

Q: How should I store the Pecan Bark?

Store the bark in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and crunchy.

Q: Can I add chocolate to the Pecan Bark?

Absolutely! Consider drizzling melted chocolate over the bark once it’s cooled a bit for an extra layer of flavor.

Q: Is this recipe suitable for gifting?

Definitely! Pack the Pecan Bark in decorative bags or boxes to create delightful homemade gifts for friends and family.

Q: How long does the Pecan Bark stay fresh?

If stored properly, the Pecan Bark can stay fresh for up to two weeks. But trust me, it’s so delicious, it’s unlikely to last that long!

There you have it, a cherished recipe that brings joy and nostalgia with every bite. I hope this Pecan Bark becomes a part of your holiday traditions, just like it has become a part of mine. Happy baking!

Pecan Bark

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freeze 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 24 graham cracker squares


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly grease.
  • Place graham crackers on the cookie sheet in one layer.
  • Sprinkle pecans evenly over the graham squares.
  • In a small sauce pan melt the unsalted butter.
  • Add brown sugar to the pan and stir until mixture begins to boil.
  • Pour sugar mixture over pecans and graham squares.
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and place into freezer for 1 hour.
  • Break bark into pieces while still cold.
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