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Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies Recipe

Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies

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"I have been making these delicious cookies for my family for 15 years, they love the pecan and cardamom flavor."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1cup of butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Combine the flour, cardamom and salt; stir into the batter until it forms a soft dough. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle pecans over the top.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Prepare the frosting while the cookies bake.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat until it starts to brown. Remove from the heat and stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle frosting onto the bars when warm. Cool, then cut into bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2006

This is a very pretty and exotic looking and tasting cookie. The jelly roll pan is essentially a baking sheet with sides - and you probably have one. It does need to be the specified size though. I doubled the pecans and this recipes is GREAT. The cookies must still be warm to cut - don't wait until they are cold. The really stiff dough will cover the pan eventually even though at first it looks like it won't. I have made these cookies many times and they never last and I am giving out the recipe every time I take them somewhere. The men seem to particularly love this cookie and my friend said they went great with tea. They have a toffee type flavor and there is something addictive about the flavor. Also, the price of cardamom is around 75% less at an Indian or eastern type grocery store. Don't pay the national chain prices!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 29, 2008

These are pretty good, but the cookie portion was not nearly as good as I was expecting based on other reviews, so perhaps I did something wrong. I used over 1 cup of pecans and that was just about right. In the future, I'll add a bit more cardamom (I really like it) and maybe a pinch of cinnamon, and will use orange extract instead of vanilla extract in the icing.


28 Ratings

Oct 09, 2006

Delicious and unique. Sort of similiar in texture to some North Indian sweets I've had (sweet, smooth and very dense) A note for making the frosting, Do not make the frosting until after the bars come out of the oven and you are almost ready to drizzle it. This frosting stiffens very quickly as it cools and looses the nice flowing consistancy. I recommend making the frosting right before you need it, it only takes 5 minutes to make. I put watm frosting in a baggie and drizzled it over the bars. Additionally, I found I needed about 1/2 cup pecans, not 1/3.

Jun 15, 2008

Really really good. Everyone at work loved them; had 3 requests for the recipe. I used almost 1 1/2 cups pecans and still could have used more :). Definitely cut while warm and do not make the frosting too early. I started mine when the cookie part came out of the oven. Might try in a 9x13 pan next time for chewier bars. If using salted butter cut the amount of salt to 1/4 tsp or they will be too salty (comment from a recipe recipient).

Jul 14, 2009

I love the flavor of cardamom, and any cookie that turns out as good as these, even when half the butter has been accidentally left out deserves 5 stars! I had read about how thick and sticky the dough was, and mine was just crumbly (sort of like shortbread cookie dough) - that's when I realized I had left out half the butter! I went ahead and patted it into the pan like you would do with shortbread and continued per the recipe. I cooked it a few minutes less (just kept checking by patting the dough), and cut them into bars immediately upon taking them out of the oven, then poured the glaze over. They were probably crisper than they would otherwise have been, but extremely tasty. I plan on adding this to my Christmas cookie repertoire. Might even use the full amount of butter - haven't decided yet!

Dec 05, 2008

I was called to bake for Church Bake Sale so I decided to try this recipe. If I didn't like it I could bake something else. I don't want to give these to the bake sale! I did wet my palms with cold water when patting the dough into the pan and used a generous cup of pecans. GREAT aroma when baking!

Jan 28, 2009

These were excellent and easy! I love baking with cardamom and am glad to have another great recipe. The bars have a nice shortbread texture without being dry.

Feb 21, 2006

I made these for my cardamom loving mom and she loved them. I had a few before giving them to her and I loved them too.


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  • Calories
  • 122 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 91 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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