Celebrating the Derby with these simple and delicious Kentucky Derby Bars. Much like Derby Pie, these bars are packed with traditional elements like butter, eggs, pecans, and of course, chocolate.
Kentucky Derby Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into tablespoons
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, letting excess extend over the sides of pan; spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.
In the same large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients until combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate, and pour over prepared crust.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Let cool completely. Using excess foil as handles, remove from pan before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.