Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars and Valentine's Crafts

It has been brought to my attention that I have been neglecting this space again.  While that may be true, I've been neglecting my homework also if that makes you feel any better.  I may have gotten a little carried away with all the craft preparations for the Valentine's party I had for the kids this weekend.  When glitter and gem stones are involved I somehow lose all track of time.

I sometimes wonder who the bigger kid is at these affairs.  I was setting everything up, getting all the packages open and before I knew it I was knee deep in decoupage and sequins.  I bought some vases at the dollar store and with a few tissue paper squares; sequins, mod podge (glue), and a little ribbon had quite the cute project ready for my little guests to make for themselves.

I had all the supplies necessary for the kids to make their own crowns.  I made a sample one for myself with no intention what so ever of sharing.  Imagine the horror when I saw my nephew running around with it manhandling it, hence the glitter all over it.  Let's just put it this way, he is lucky he is 1 and adorable or I may have to of had a little talk with him.  Crowns of this caliber don't just grow on trees you know. Wait a second; these were made of paper, so scratch that last statement.

Did I have fun with the desserts; let's just say there was homemade marshmallow fluff involved.  In my usual neglectful fashion though, photos were neglected to be taken.  So as an apology I'm offering you some decadent Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars that would be perfect for your Valentines.

Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 cup granulated sugar 
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 
3 large eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup milk 

56 pecan halves, (3 1/2 ounces) or more if you’d like 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Combine butter, sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is barely stating to come together. Press the crumbs into a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan and bake for 17 minutes. (If you don’t have a food processor, you could melt the butter and just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and press in the pan.) Let cool for 10 minutes or so. 

Mix sugar, chocolate, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and milk together and pour over the baked crust. Place pecan halves evenly over the top of the chocolate batter. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Let cool and cut into squares for serving.

In the off chance I neglect you on Valentine's Day, let me just say how much I love having you stop by here.

Happy Valentine's Day,



  1. I love stopping by here more! Be still my heart...your Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars look LOVEly! ;)
    It's a good thing I'm not there because that combo is one of my favorites and I just might eat more than my heart could handle! Happy Valentine's Day sweet friend! xoxo

    1. I would be happy to share these with you Lorraine. Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!

  2. Fun post! I don't have the craft gen, so I avoid all of that. I think I must have had a bad experience in first grade art class or something. ;-) Your crown looks great! And your Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars? Even better. And I've got a fighting chance of being able to make those! ;-) Really good stuff -- thanks so much.

  3. You are my inspiration, Gina. These chocolate cheese bars look divine!
    You too have a Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Do you mind if I borrow those bars? They look so so delicious :D
    And you are so skilled in crafts!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. These bars sound fantastic! Give me chocolate and pecans and I'll be a happy camper :)

  6. too cute for words!!! and...homemade marshmallow fluff?!? oh my. The whole table is so beautiful!!! And I am hoping to do a photo shoot with the kids with those adorableeeee props, as soon as my sweet bella feels better ....oh I do hope it is soon!!!! I have never seen her so melancholy. just gave her a cool bath, she cried the whole time. She even turned away the sherbet...sigh.

  7. Fabulous bars, I love anything with chocolate and pecans!