Kentucky Pie Bars {Recipe}

“Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.” -Daniel Boone

Kentucky is a place that won’t get out of your bones no matter how hard you try. We’re known for our basketball, fried chicken, hot browns, Ale8, and burgoo. We have the most gorgeous hills, stone fences, and sunsets you’d ever want to see. But perhaps our most recognized claim-to-fame is horse racing–particularly the Kentucky Derby, which is held the first Saturday in May.

It’s such a big deal that there’s even a special pie named after the event. Derby Pie was created in 1950 by the Kerr Family at the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. The name “Derby Pie” has been a registered trademark of Kern’s Kitchen since 1968, and has been the subject of several lawsuits over the years (which is why I have renamed this recipe Kentucky Pie Bars).

Derby Pie (I mean, um, Kentucky Pie) has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl and this twist on a Kentucky favorite has been a nice addition to my recipe collection.

Weep no more, my lady. Here’s the recipe.

Kentucky Pie Bars
adapted from Sugar, Sugar via Lick the Bowl Good

Graham Cracker Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325* F. Spray a 9×13″ baking dish.

Place the graham crackers and the melted butter in a medium bowl and mix together until the crumbs are thoroughly moistened. Press mixture firmly and evenly on the bottom of the baking dish and set aside.

Place the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl bowl. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and the eggs ones at a time. Add vanilla. Gradually add the flour until just combined. Use a spatula to fold in the pecans and chocolate chips. Pour the filling on top of the crust and spread it evenly.Bake for 33-38 minutes or until the bars begin to turn a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting.
Sing at least one verse of My Old Kentucky Home and be sure to belt out the chorus. Devour and enjoy.

A glimpse of my Old Kentucky home.
(from horseplanet.com)

*Of course I originally found these on Pinterest.

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