Bourbon Chocolate-Pecan Slab Bars

Thanksgiving is so close I can taste it. But the stress of it is real. I’ve tried to help with my apple slab pie. If apple isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for another relatively easy-to-make option, these bourbon chocolate-pecan slab bars may do the trick. While the anticipation of cooking for large groups can feel overwhelming, the wonderful thing about this holiday is that the foods are generally supposed to be simple. No one expects you to flambé anything table-side or make soufflés for 40.

bourbon chocolate-pecan slab bars

So this year more than ever, I’m about embracing simplicity and making it stress-free–as much as possible, that is. (If you’re a Pinterest person, check out my Pinterest boards. I have a board solely dedicated to Thanksgiving recipes and tips, and another on general entertaining.)

For big entertaining holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, organization is essential. Simply planning out your menu, shopping list and prep schedule will help this holiday run smoothly and hopefully allow you to enjoy it as well. No one can make everything in one day, nor should you try. Much of the prep work should be completed the day prior, if not sooner. Thanksgiving Day itself should be about tending to the turkey and assembling and reheating all the various dishes that you’ve made in advance. Enter these easy make-ahead bourbon chocolate-pecan slab bars.

bourbon chocolate-pecan slab bars

Pecan pie is a seasonal favorite, as is traditional pumpkin and even my favorite, sweet potato tart. But making numerous pies can prove challenging. Pecan slab bars take away some of that prep work. Slab bars are a fantastic large-group option for any upcoming holiday gathering. They can be made in advance, they are slightly easier (and less messy) than pies, and a little goes a long way. If you’re serving for a holiday, as with my apple slab pie, I suggest that you serve these decadent bars with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream.

For this recipe I use a simple shortbread crust to balance out the sweet, rich, chocolate-pecan filling so this holiday dessert bar can hold up well when made in advance. So don’t panic, even as the 48-hour Thanksgiving countdown begins, take it all in stride and enjoy the holiday. You deserve it.bourbon chocolate-pecan slab bars

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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